Japan: キノコの魔法 Magic Mushroom Part 2!




Here are the close ups from my previous blogs installation. The installation is still being exhibited at my university Kyoto Seika. The close ups show the human faces and forms that are infiltrating into the grassy landscape. The mushrooms with human form represent the fear of gaijin/ foreign culture invading Japan.  


Vyner Studio First Thursday – Lolita Surgery


I started working for Vyner Studio, a gallery in Vyner Street, Bethnal Green from June and I was asked to take part in a first Thursday exhibition on the first Thursday of July. This was a really exciting opportunity for me not only as an artist but also to see how the gallery works. I provided some text and an image of my work from Hyper Japan for the advert and the exhibition was up and running a day before I went to Paris! I had an amazing time on the night, I got to meet other artists and the general public and had very positive feedback from my installation. I exhibited my ‘Lolita Surgery’ table and some photographs from previous installations. The table worked really well in a gallery space and I preferred the space I was given. Here is the advert I helped produce;


Here is the exhibition:







Thanks for reading, and thank you Vyner Studio!

Sculpture Catwalk at Asahi Anime Festival Brighton

Asahi Anime Festival Brighton

I had a very exciting opportunity to use my sculptures in a catwalk focusing on lolita fashion. It was my first time curating a catwalk by myself and I wanted to use the same sort of concept as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s catwalk in Paris which was a mixture between cult party kei, punk, lolita and fairy kei fashion. I used the songs Starships – Niki Minaj and Pon Pon Pon – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu remixed together by Matt Milward. It went really well with the styles the catwalk featured.

The sculptures are meant to capture the style and in a small way the personality of the model.

“Japanese Street Fashion Show

Saturday 30th June, 3:30pm

We’ve seen Japan’s Lolita fashion trend grow in recent years, but have you ever seen Mori Girl or Cult Party Kei? Curated by Lolita fashionista and artist Emma Chipperfield, the show will combine Japan’s newest, exciting street styles with Lolita fashion. Styles that stand out as not typically lolita and that are exciting and new! The catwalk will feature an installation using soft toy-like sculptures inspired by Yayoi Kusama – each toy will accent the street style modeled. Pat Lyttle, author of the book ‘Japanese Street Style’ will also give a short talk before the show.”

Some photo’s and jewellery courtesy of Roxie Sweetheart

The Catwalk

Thank you to all the models and the staff from the festival. It was a really fun project!

Hyper Japan: Lolita Surgery

Interactive fashion installation at Hyper Japan Spring 2012!

Hyper Japan’s fashion information!

I wanted to create a fantasy installation with sculptures inspired by Japanese fashion’s like lolita. In Japanese street fashion, outfits often feature themes like nurses, syringes and medical motifs. I liked this contrast of cross between a typically fetish theme, kawaii (cute) culture and medical equipment considered sinister. Medical equipment can commonly cause entetophobia and tryanophobia, I wanted this concept of scary items being made edible and cute! Theres an accessibility to this piece of work; it allows the viewer to touch the sculptures and interact seeing close up details and also to have photos immersed in the installation. It’s an expressive piece welcoming people into my world. I was heavily influenced by Yayoi Kusama and I feel this piece is very surrealist.

My friends Wing and Tania were my cute nurses!

Also I was a presenter and a model in the Hyper Japan Frills and Frolics Catwalk, I helped come up with the concept of using lots of different styles from Japan instead of just lolita. It was a great catwalk!