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Heisuke Kitazawa: Illustrator

I was completely blown away this morning when I started to research the portfolio of 32-year-old Heisuke Kitazawa, also known as PCP, his surreal vivid work has been picked up by large clients like Sony Music and Honda, along with Kenzo (he designed the packaging for L’Eau Par Kenzo Homme) and in ’07 he designed the interior murals for San Francisco-based Hotel Tomo (large collection of photos here). One piece of his work that I must briefly highlight today is his CD cover art and website design for San Mateo, CA indie band Her Space Holiday. (They are also on My Space if you’d like to hear their music.)

The design for his own website is completely imaginative and gorgeous but the works he has recently done on the Her Space Holiday band site is just super. Make sure you view his online portfolio because I think you will really like it!



Hotel Tomo in Japantown San Francisco, CA. A great space for J-pop style! I love seeing hotels commission work like this. And to think that this is a Best Western hotel really blows me away. I’ve already asked my husband is we can stay at this place since we’re due for a visit to San Francisco next year. :)


Three original watercolors for the Tree show at Giant Robot from this past summer. Not bad for first time watercolor paintings, Heisuke!

He also designed the CD cover art for Japanese solo artist Kushibiki Sayaka (available here on Amazon Japan). I think combining photography with illustrative work has to be my favorite form of contemporary art at the moment.


A snippet of his work, “The end of ICO is beginning of another”, inspired by one of his favorite PS2 game called ICO, currently on display at Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA.

If you’d like to view his work live, he is currently taking part in a really cool art show in San Francisco called Game Over, a show featuring artwork inspired by video games (love this theme, don’t you?) now until October 29, 2008 @ Giant Robot located at 618 Shrader Street.

You can also purchase some of Heisuke Kitazawa’s drawings, prints, books, and wallets in his store right here. Fantastic!

(images: heisuke kitazawa)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, furniture, travel, walls on October 20, 2008

Manuela De Simone: Illustrator

This weekend I came across the work of 26-year-old Italian illustrator Manuela De Simone in one of my new favorite magazines, Advanced Photoshop (UK). My husband has been reading this magazine for quite awhile? but this is the first time I actually sat down and looked at it… Talk about a GREAT thorough publication that not only covers how advanced users of Photoshop can improve their designs (obviously) but showcases the work of up-and-coming and established artists from all over the world. I was blown away by some of the work that I found in issue #49, especially that of Manuela shown below.

Using a combination of pencils and Photoshop, she creates colorful characters that transmit good feelings and her love of children’s illustration. After researching her a bit online, I discovered that she not only has a DeviantArt page, but an Etsy shop (yes really!), a new blog, AND a calendar for 2009 (in case this post didn’t give you enough calendar options, he he). You can purchase the calendar here if you’d like.

Also in the issue I found the inspiring work of Brand Nu, Heisuke Kitazawa (who I’ll feature more in depth here in a moment), Lee Woodgate, and JeanSpezial. Mind blowing links, I seriously encourage major exploration! :)

(images from manuela de simone)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 20, 2008

Inspire Company

Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.

The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.

I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!


You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.

I think that this bejeweled shade DIY is just great, directions here.

You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.

I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!

(images from the inspire company)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, shopping on October 16, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I just love my five Etsy picks this week, not that I don’t love them every week (cheesy grin) but I don’t know, these just feel so warm and cozy to me… Like being out in the park kicking leaves, wearing red boots, feeling the crisp Fall air. Yes friends I finally have been bitten by the Autumn bug. Speaking of bugs, what is UP in northern Germany lately? I had 39 (I counted) ladybugs on my bedroom curtains yesterday just hanging around, swinging in the breeze… My white linen curtains had red polka dots that moved so the design was quite interesting as it changed every hour or so to create a new pattern. How nature inspires, I was looking at them on the curtain thinking about how interesting it would be to design a textile that had that ability, to change pattern throughout the day… Until THAT technology comes, I have nature doing it for me — at no charge — and seeing all the cutie ladybugs and watching the leaves change color this past weekend was all I needed to get me into the Autumn spirit. I think my Etsy finds today reflect this.

First up, Royal Buffet. I really enjoy all of the mobiles, pretty paper ornaments and garlands that Mollie Greene creates from her South Carolina studio. For $8 you can own this lovely blackbird king, made from card stock, wire, and vintage french magazines. So handsome and perfect for Fall. And when everyone else is hanging traditional wreaths on their front door this season, you can hang these dreamy butterflies all a flutter.

Next we have Coccole di Luna in Italy and her amazing hand knit pieces that makes me want to turn down the temps outside even more just so I can wear one. It’s been so warm here lately, we’re in Indian Summer mode but I’m sure that will change soon and then I’m bringing out all of the scarves and mittens and enjoying EVERY SINGLE SECOND of Autumn fashion this year. These are so luxurious, certainly something you’d feel beautiful wearing that would receive many passerby’s looking on with interest.

Now for items for the home with Chakra Pennywhistle, an Etsy eco shop because all her items are made out of organic cotton. Each design you see is hand drawn, screen printed and then sewn by Chakra herself. I think her aesthetic is very sweet and uncomplicated but with impact. Currently inspired by early American folk art decoration which is quite evident in her patterns, each design was drawn to reflect that period only with a fresh, modern twist.

Bonspiel in Canada is a great find, for sure! I think you’re going to like the leather things that she makes, the motifs and colors are quite nice… Pouches, passport sleeves, wallets, sachets, totes, they make super gifts and they don’t look like everything else sold in stores so the product feels fresh and interesting.

And last but far from least — I’m LOVING Toronto design firm Touch the Dutch. THIS PIN knocks it out of the park for me. Whoa. The jewelry and things in this shop are by Anneke van Bommel and soooo hip and fun. I like that you can gift your guy with some of this stuff… Tres sweet! You must check them out, words cannot convey… Oh just go check them out, you’ll see. Words may fail you too.

Hope that you enjoyed my picks this week!

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