Hello from South Carolina! : Guest Post by Faculty Aya Kakeda

Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from  at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
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Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here.

Look Who’s Talking- Interview!

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 12.46.41 PMBri Hermanson, MFA ’11 is interviewed by Mark Kaufman for ICON8 The Illustration Conference. Only a select few get this nod- Check it out here. ICON8 is the place to be this summer- gathering in Portland with three amazing days for illustration folks around the globe. The MFA in Illustration at FIT is proud to say that faculty members Martha Rich and Aya Kakeda will be in Portland this summer- and Chairperson Melanie Reim will be the Volunteer Coordinator again- ICON6 and ICON7, too!

Where Whimsical Worlds Collide: Faculty Aya Kakeda one of Three Woman Show

MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY is proud to present a new show of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and installations by three international female artists: Nicoz Balboa (Italy/France) Aya Kakeda, (Japan) & Angie Mason (U.S.A.) These artists, all known for creating colorful and whimsical worlds where animals interact with girls and all sorts of fantastical characters, will have new art for sale, and each artist will also be creating a permanent mural in the entranceway to the gallery.

Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and is now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In her art, she often depicts an imaginary place she created, called ToTai Island, and the creatures that inhabit it. For this new show at MF Gallery, she illustrates the microscopic world of ToTai island; the girl (named “Micro-Chan”) who lives inside of the creatures on the island, and her story. She will be showing gouache paintings and ceramic sculpture installations. This is Aya’s first year with us at FIT and we couldn’t be happier! Aya is also the recipient of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators Annual Show. What an year for you, Aya!