Archives for posts with tag: Kawaii

Turning used Lego parts into grown-up toys. These ear studs are very small.

Lego means “I assemble / put together” in Latin and this toy continues to surprise in its ability to generate new ideas in the people “Lego-ing”. Even grown-ups find themselves engulfed in this game, and with a 4 year old in the house I have a perfect excuse to play..

It really requires patience to drill holes in hard plastic with a heated needle, so I took a break after doing one pink “diamond” Lego earring…

Fu manchu beard and Frankenstein Lego men earrings, definitely an icebreaker at any party!

I started making jewellery from vintage Lego parts a long time ago but haven´t showed them here yet, so here they are. Every time I wear them they generate nostalgic memories from people I meet.

Huge dark green Lego diamond ring, -actually a special Lego spare part and with an intricate construction.

Lego neon-yellow crystal diamond ring, also cute worn with a long colored string as a necklace.

More Lego crystal rings

Organic Lego leaf structures here used on hairpins.

A more classic variation is this smoke coloured Lego part ear stud. The shelf is from Retro Villa.

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I read the supercute blog by Sara from Minimega. She creates beautiful paper graphics such as postcards, posters etc. and shares her creative ideas on her blog. One of her posts is with jewellery made with cernit clay and I had to try this for myself. I really like these molds I bought on etsy. It is easy to use the cernit clay, my only problem is when I glue the pieces on to the jewellery parts. Especially the earring studs don´t seem to stick. I have tried with reular jewellery glue and with a glue gun. Maybe you can help me?

I solved the glue problem with superglue instead of jewellery glue. The neon flower ring i my favourite. I have more colours in cernit clay and will try some og the others, the bow is gold but looks more cookie coloured…The bright neon colors turn out nicely. After they have baked and are cold, I have given them a glossy lacquer coating.

Here are some of my favourites

My perfume from Paul Smith

A dangerously addictive spicy tea I ♥ ♥ Yogi teas

Fresh herbs in the window sill in the winter and from the garden in the summer

I collect these Moomin cups from Arabia in many colours but of course my favourites are pink…

My Blythe doll from Japan

This is a gift I got, it is so cute from Danish Liebe

My best jewellery: the glittery stars and the butterfly earrings are made by me from recycled paper

This bag I have had for many years it is from HM actually

Shoes from Paris

Candy Apple Mint nailpolish from Essie

I love my blue scarf from Petit Bateau and I collect vintage children´s books

Bathtubs are highly underrated this is the ultimate luxury, children´s bubblebath from Hollys

Vintage pin-up magazines

Vintage magazine Frou Frou

I have read this book many times, definitely my favourite, written in 1975, fantasy novel by Salman Rushdie “Grimus”

I love this cd with Agnes Obel

♥ My stuffed bird

Without a doubt my alltime favourite: my son Silas

© Charuca  Kokeshi & Little Bird, 2008

I am a little starstruck by this opportunity to ask Charuca Vargas, my favourite Kawaii artist, questions about cute. She was my first introduction to my fascination with Kawaii and of course I have so much to ask her about. To those who have never heard of this great kawaii artist and illustrator, here is a short introduction:

© Charuca  Legion: We are your Friends

Spanish illustrator Charcuca Vargas is the mother of these cute characters and this amazing vector universe. She has created characters such as “Kawaii” and “Gothic” and later “Baby” and “Toxic”. Her impressive portfolio includes collaborations with Sanrio and graphic artist Catalina Etsrada and a book publication about famous Kawaii artists.

© Charuca  I Love Kawaii 2008

Here is my interview with Charuca:

First I would like to ask you about the facts such as formal education, current project / exhibition?

My education in the world of graphic and character design has been largely self-taught. Most of my learning has been experienced in the world of design and illustration until I found my own language. At the moment I dedicate 100% of my time developing the Charuca Universe. I have a studio/lab in Barcelona, where we shape the Charuquil Universe. We do character design and product application. Recently we are also shaping the Charuca’s magazine No. 1… with comics and lots of surprises!!!

Foto of my book “I love Kawaii” by Charuca from 2010

© Charuca 2007-2008

I would like to know if you can remember when and how you were introduced to Kawaii and what it ment to you at the time?

I have always felt the Kawaii inside me. I grew up in a small town where there is not much influence of the Japanese culture. The only references were some cartoons like “Little Memole” and some merchandising from Sanrio…Furthermore, I enjoyed drawing big-headed characters, my big love were dolls and stationery. I was constantly drawing characters. Thanks to the Internet, I could peek into a world where I felt very identified, but the seed was already there.

© Charuca Love Kawaii

Do you think of the Kawaii movement as a new artform which in the future will have its own place in art history?

Yes I think there is a Kawaii movement, it is already here, which includes major artists from many countries. I think that leaving an imprint on art history will be a function of artists like Takashi Murakami, who are taking the Kawaii to another level, bringing their work to MOMA and Louvre museums.

© Charuca Sugar Avenue

© Charuca  Mini Toys 2010

© Charuca  Paper Toy 2010

I have met people who think of kawaii art as a kind of superficial way of viewing the world. Personally I think everyone needs something to smile about, but can you understand the scepticism of these art critics?

I can understand that not all people get to feel what the Kawaii can awaken in some persons. I do not think Kawaii is a more superficial art form than others. Art is art from the time that it touches your sensitivity, and Kawaii awakes internal feelings. I do not think that positive images are more frivolous and superficial than negative ones. Joy and sadness came from the same depth of the soul.

© Charuca  Kawaii Porn 2008

If you could design anything and budget wasn´t an issue what would you like to create?

I would work in Charuca products and designs without worry for a moment of cost. I would use all qualities I wanted, I would create wonderful accessories and would open Charuca shops, online and physical stores as well. I would do the same as now but as big as possible.

© Charuca

I would like to know how you work (do you have to have coffee, music on, or do you have a ritual you have to do in order to be able to create)?

At the beginning, I worked alone in a room of my apartment that I enabled as an studio. A year ago I moved to a studio in the center of Barcelona. It’s really spacious and luminous where creativity flows easily. In addition, also a year ago I stopped working alone, I have an assistant, Miriam Alvarez, who understands me perfectly and who had helped me to bring beyond Charuca World. Every day we come to the studio, I play music (always music, I can not work in silence) and we spent the day playing with the characters. All I need to work is to feel happy and relaxed. I take good care of the working environment in the study…

© Charuca I Love Gothic 2010

Is there someone or something you think the world should know about (an artist, musik, designer, book, food, a favourite place; anything, )

I think it is important to travel, experience other cultures, other countries. Walk out to the world and do things, each one what stimulates oneself. All Kawaii lovers should visit Japan, which is the cradle of this aesthetic trend.

© Catalina Estrada & Charuca – Forever Love 2010

You show a great sense of humour in your figures, for instance the “sugar kills” figure. What do you wish to communicate with this type of message?

My main message is “Do not take life too seriously”. We live immersed in a stressful culture that can make us worried or sad. Some people work in places they hate to earn money to buy things they do not need … My work wants to help people to stop worrying and start enjoying the beautiful things of life . Time passes, laugh, have fun, do what you like to do and do not take anything too seriously. It’s not worth it!

© Charuca – Toxic Fruits

Do you do scetches by hand or mainly on the computer? (I would love to show some scetches of your work)

Yes… we never draw directly on the screen. Pencil and paper allow a fluency and a connection to the subconscious that it is hard to get drawing directly on the screen. Our process always begins with paper and pencil.

© Charuca Baby

© Charuca Baby

© Charuca  BBZ Baby Zigoto 2008

Is there a project or a designer you dream of working with?

There are many dreamt projects, but I would rather not talk about them because I am bit superstitious and I think it is better not telling dreams…if you do, they will not become true 😉

Charuca

www.charuca.net

www.charuca.eu

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Charuca/44476864516

Thank you Charuca for letting me use your beautiful inspiring illustrations and for the interview  😀

My moodboard in my new office calls for something pink and I need more lighting. I have two old lamps from Netto without shades which were partly put aside for garbage but then I remembered an idea I saw from Retro Villa:

Foto from Retro Villa

This is a great and cheap way to redesign old lamps, so I decided to try. I used string from a bulding supply store meant for bricklaying in neon pink. I didn´t find out an easy way of using the string. It is difficult to wrap it around but with som patience it turned out nicely I think.

I put transparent glue on the knot I tied in the beginning and at the end:

Below you can see the white version of the lamp:

In the dark the whole room now glows with an amazing pink colour:

Mette Helena from Retro Villa, who creates beautiful things and has the cutest shop with vintage wallpaper, also has a facebook group where you can see more of her cute ideas here.

Foto from Retro Villa

Tsumori Chisato Autumn Winther 2005 campaign

In random order I have chosen photos and graphic illustrations to show you from Tsumori Chisato´s website. Her collections have a timeless storytelling appeal to them which is what I wish to show.

Illustration from Tsumori Chisato Autumn Winther 2010-2011 campaign

Tsumori Chisato studied fashion at the prestigious Bunka Fashion School in Tokyo. She has worked for Issey Miyake and in 1990 she started her own brand. The first time I held a piece og her garment in my hands I was in love, so carefully detailed and feminine and you really feel that the garment is cared for from idea to final wearable piece.



Illustration book by Tsumori Chisato

Illustration by Tsumori Chisato from her Autumn Winther 2009-10 campaign

Tsumori Chisato opened her first store outside Asia in 1999 in Paris. Situated in the heart of the Marais neighbourhood, the boutique showcases Tsumori Chisato’s love for the arts through collaborations with photographers, visual artists and set designers exhibited in the storefront. Her artistic sensibility is also translated throught the brand’s inventive advertising campaigns.

Store installations from her Paris shop; top: installation by Sandrine Pelletier & Sophear Froment and below: installation by Guillaume Ségur

Her innovative and luxurious textiles, intricate beading, embroidery, appliqués and prints of her own design are her signiture style. Graceful, elegant and fun at the same time. Her clothes are slaso available at one of my favourite shops and webshop Lubarol in Copenhagen.

Dress by Tsumori Chisato available in stores now

Picture of her work for Petit Bateau from Tsumori Chisato´s Facebook group

From Tsumori Chisato´s Spring Summer 2011 show in Paris

Tsumori Chisato Autumn Winther 2005-2006 campaign

Illustration from Tsumori Chisato´s  Spring Summer 2010 campaign

Illustration from Tsumori Chisato Autumn Winther 2010-2011 campaign

Horse eyelash by Paperself

Paperself have created these beautiful eyelashes available in 11 styles, each infused with symbolic meaning rooted in Chinese culture:
Horses: symbolic of success
Peony: for happiness and good fortune
Peach blossom: a symbol of love and romance
Peacock: auspicious and lucky days
Butterfly: free, beautiful and sensitive
Clown: brings happiness

Horse eyelash by Paperself

Launched in 2009 by London based designer Chunwei Liao, Paperself unites artists, designers and manufacturers from East to West. Challenging conventions of product design, Paperself offers a stylish alternative in furniture, homeware and accessories for eco-conscious living. Paperself is fast gaining recognition for its inventive adaptations, having exhibited at numerous trade fairs and design forums across the globe, as well as being featured in some of the top international publications and online media. Continuing to expand and evolve, Paperself looks to the future, seeking out new talent, transcending traditions and promoting the perception of paper through new eyes.

Deer and butterfly eyelash by Paperself

Peach flower eyelash by Paperself

Peacock eyelash by Paperself

 

Available online here

Made som new cute accessories:

This necklace I made from small erasers from Japanese Iwako from Sanrio Shop i Copenhagen:

Dove earrings and sparkly crystals – a gift for my mother:

 

Bead cupcake ring and bead earring pendants and triangel giftbox

Feather earrings with bows , the feather and the “glowstrings” are made from fishing equipment

Every Danish child remembers Hama plastic beads from their childhood. I decided to experiment with the mini version and made some jewellery made from Hama mini plastic beads:

 

Kokeshi doll pin

“Oh My” and “Tid” (time) string necklaces

 

Mixed tiny bead jewellery

 

Pretty sculls, colors, green drops and Sugarcanes

 

Geisha pin

 

Men mith bowties

 

Tiny cherry cupcake earrings

Vegan cosmetics from Italian Neve and graceful Kawaii-look by the talented duo Non solo Kawaii (they have the most stylish website) with interviews with famous Kawaii artists

All images are from Non solo Kawaii´s website visit it here