New CD and Exhibition announcement!

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 4.05.15 PMHello.Hope you are surviving the never ending winter in NY (if you are in NY)... I'm fighting with this weather by wearing extra bright cloths today.

Image for the CD cover from a Japanese client came in. It's nice to see the old work reused in something completely new and different! This CD is like a book on tape, with a Japanese actress Mamiko Noto reading popular literatures by Japanese authors. You can purchase this from - ----> amazon.jp store

With the release of this CD, there will be an event in the end of April in Japan. And will be a small solo exhibition of my drawings and paintings at the space. I will let you know the details once it's near!!

 

Happy New 2014!

1521712_10151800275560178_1039343666_nHappy New 2014!Here is a photo from my house in Tokyo, a first sunrise of the year. I wish you a very special new year. Love, aya

Don't cry for Miss.Q

blog1 blog2 blog3Hello from ceramic studio.This past 3 months were the hardest ceramic making for me. I was making a sculpture call Miss.Q for about a month then sadly Miss.Q broke in the kiln... Then my friend told me Miss.Q could sound like Miscue (= mistake)... I think I cursed this broken Miss from the beginning! Then out of the sadness of the loss of Miss. Q, this piece "She fell down and cry some more" came along... It's still before the bisque fire and glaze... so let's hope this crying lady will come out fine. I'm hoping for the happy happy ceramic days for 2014!!!

Happy Holiday UFO!

holidayBiBip BiBip ... comuniating from above earth... we are having a holiday party in space... we will pick you up if you want to join... BiBip BiBipHave a wonderful Holiday!!! Love, Aya

A Decade of New Prints by IPCNY

I'm part of the 30 Artists post card book call "A Decade of New Prints" published by International Print Center of New York.I'm very excited and honored. Thank you IPCNY! Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3

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A Decade of New Prints: A Book of Postcards Ranging from abstract to conceptual, from figurative and representational to surreal, the 30 prints included in this postcard book document the variety of style and subject matter and the technical excellence of artists working in the printmaking medium. Chosen from over 3,000 prints exhibited at IPCNY through our New Prints Program, these prints offer a snapshot of printmaking today. On sale in the gallery for $12.95 + tax during Print Week or for pre-order online. Contact stephanie@ipcny.org for more information. All sales benefit IPCNY programming.

Artists included:  John Baldessari Matthew Benedict Richard Bosman Louise Bourgeois Victoria Burge Suzanne Caporael Enrique Chagoya Tamar Cohen Gary Day Tomory Dodge Luke Dorman Carroll Dunham Amze Emmons Kota Ezawa Torrie Groening  Don Ed Hardy Al Held John Himmelfarb Jungil Hong Aya Kakeda Alex Katz William Kentridge Robert Kushner Chris Martin Julie Mehretu Heidi Neilson Ruth Root James Siena Barbara Takenaga William Villalongo

Post It Show 9

aya_smallIt's Post-it time of the year again! This year I was traveling while making these images so I had a limited material options to create these.  I think the limitation brought out something new in me, I got to be more experimental and loose up a bit, and it was super fun making them. Here is the info for the show. If you are in LA area you are lucky! Because there will be 300 great artists' work for $25 each! I wish I can be there, too. Happy Post-it show! postits9big

Collaborating with Dynomighty Mighty Wallet!

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This was such a fun collaboration with Dynomighty. we came up with two designs, one is from my silkscreen series from long time ago ( blue tree image inside is a pink tree) also from a recent painting series (girl with flower dress inside is a flower pattern.) I'm really interested in finding out which sells better the recent or past creation?

here is their press release about these wallets! there are info about where to get also. looking for a cool Christmas presents? Go DYNOMIGHTY!!!!

Dynomighty, makers of Mighty Wallet the original Tyvek® wallet, have partnered with the amazingly radiant kawaii store JapanLA in Los Angeles for an exclusive artist series and pop-up shop. Working with world renowned brands tokidoki, TKDK, and top tier artists 64 Colors, Aya Kakeda, TADO, Luke Chueh, and Camilla d'Errico, they created a limited edition series of wallets that showcase the characteristics surrounding JapanLA. Officially opening November 29th, the pop-up shop within JapanLA is a unique chance for the west coast to get a first hand look at some amazing art, and pick up an exclusive wallet, just in time for the holidays! If you can't make it to JapanLA between November 29th, and December 31st you can go to JapanLAclothing.com, the Dynomighty Holiday Shop in Union Square NYC, or Dynomighty.com starting December 6th to pick out your favorite. This exclusive artist series is for a limited time, and will be sold exclusively through JapanLA and Dynomighty throughout the month of December! Don't wait, stop by JapanLA or visit us in Union Square to get yours!

Come to the students+faculty show at FIT!

postcard_frntDreams Lived, Dreams Shattered: MLK, JFK 50 years later Curated by Melanie Reim Work of MFA Illustration Students and Faculty November 9 - Dec 7, 2013 Opening reception on Nov 19th 6-8pm at Gallery FIT Seventh Avenue at 27 Street New York City 10001-5992

Students and faculty of the MFA in Illustration program at FIT visually reflect on the 50th anniversary of two seminal events in American History. http://www.fitnyc.edu

I have small sculpture piece in the show. Hope to see you at the opening!

Bear and Bird Gallery, Florida

photoAnother group show that coming up soon is at Bear and Bird Gallery!This gallery is attach to a Tate's Comic store, it will be fun and comfy, you can find a great arts for your Christmas Gift! I will have two small drawings. Come by if you are near the Lauderhill Florida!

"Small Stuff" November 17th - January 11th Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery inside/upstairs at TATE'S Comics+Toys+Videos+More 4566 N. University Drive Lauderhill, Florida 33351 http://www.bearandbird.com/shows/small-stuff-7/

Ceramic friends

some ceramic friends are coming out from Kiln. I have still so much to learn but slowly I'm getting use to the process.Ceramic is such a surprising medium, especially the glazing process. I would never know how it will come out which is very suspenseful.

New Lamp Shade ( Ceradon finished, I was debating on having it just white but I wanted to try out Ceradon to make it to have a summer water feeling.) IMG_2578 IMG_2582 IMG_2581 IMG_2580 Small salt dishes IMG_2574 Microchan Torso vase + Cave seal with beret hat box IMG_2584 IMG_2585 Microchan Sculpture! planning on putting air-plants inside. IMG_2591 IMG_2588 IMG_2587