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Winters make me fat. A tribute to food

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I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

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There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

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Dash Magazine: Issue Launch Party

DASH Magazine is the London-based illustrated magazine on fashion and fashion art. Published biannually and distributed worldwide, DASH is aimed at opinion formers of all genders with an interest in fashion and art-related fields. It is its strong focus on fashion illustration – a previously under-appreciated art form currently celebrating a vivid comeback – which makes the magazine one of a kind. Visually unique and with in-depth editorial content, DASH Magazine provides seasonal coverage as well as a launch platform for emerging talent from the fields of illustration, photography, the arts and journalism to showcase, and thus gain exposure, for their work.

September 11th Dash Magazine: Issue Launch Party

Venue doors open up and we are welcomed by  photographers and a freebie bag with sample magazine plus other trifle paraphernalia that I didn’t bother to check. And suddenly my face had a petite grin on it. I love free stuff, especially food (gotta admit it sounds chintzy). Anyways, the party just exploded, when I was about to finish my first cigarette. There was definitely a good-hip vibe going on, with familiar first-rate tunes in the background and chick crowd chatting. I am most certainly sure that free alcohol still has effect on my blood circulation, but shoot out to Dash for the good time. It is upsetting that the little nibbles never reached me, though.

How less can be more

Tatsuro Kiuchi is an artist born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966 that is well known for his first-class skills in the “bloodthirsty” field of illustration. Instead of taking undersized steps on the career’s ladder, he took a shortcut and, let’s express the situation in a creative turn of phrase, utilized a lift in order to be able to reach the finish line faster. Some might feel cheated or even start protesting this injustice (him taking a shortcut); nonetheless it is nothing but a natural outcome, since T. Kiuchi was born with the talent which later he enhanced before and after graduation with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. So, the game of reaching for the top is fair and square – no tricks, and then automatically the protests that I’ve mentioned are just imaginary friends of mine.

Tatsuro’s first picture book The Lotus Seed (text by Sherry Garland / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide, which pretty much describes on which floor the doors of the lift have already been opened for him. If you, dear readers, are lost with the numbers (not all of us are good with maths) let me drop you few names instead of figures… Does Royal Mail, Starbucks, New York Times or Washington Post ring a bell to you?

Yes, you are right or another option would be that you are wrong, which would say a lot about your intellect capacity! Tatsuro Kiuchi probably no longer has a fear of heights, if you know what I mean. Well, not like he was ever scared or not like I have proficient information to cover this subject, most importantly the point that I am hiding in this jungle of metaphors is that he is doing very well.

Originally and surprisingly, the illustrator was a graduate in Biology at International Christian University in Tokyo, however he made the change to an art career. At the beginning of career as an illustrator for the most part he illustrated children’s books with several publishers in US and Japan. Eventually, Tatsuro Kiuchi branched out into editorial work in magazines, advertising commissions and book jacket illustrations.

His work is a perfect amalgamation of simple and sparse colours. Without doubts there is something heartwarming about his work that just reaches out to the ones exploring it. That’s why his work has been recognized by Communicatin Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, 3×3, The Association of Illustrators Images and Design Week Award. Less being more at least works for T. Kiuchi’s case.

More of his works can be found here.

Wanderlust // Bearspace

Fresh from the success of their work in Brave New World at London Art Fair 2012, artists Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius have joined together to create new show Wanderlust which opened at Bearspace last Friday to a swarm of avid spectators.

Capturing, thought-provoking objects d’art of both Jane Ward and Reginald S. Aloysius made me realize the essence of the title. Indeed, I felt like I was wandering, with a desire to find out more about the amazing artifacts. In fact, the artists’ themselves were stimulated by traveling and the word wanderlust actually means a strong desire for voyage. R. Aloysius works are made on MDF (medium-density fibreboard). The artist shared that he used nearly 20 coats of white paint and that the graphite to shade was utilized. His engraved strokes, painted with colour, were inspired by traditional Indian saris and it appears that fundamentally Aloysius’ work explores themes of lost traditional values in multinational communities.

J. Ward art pieces are based on hierarchy of the memories. Some parts of her work are indistinct, scattered, unlike others, which point out that the memories are fading or vice versa. Her dreamlike pieces are made by the technique of layering digital print, then carefully removing the surface ink. The artist noted that she is inspired by natural calamities, such as cunamies and tornados. Overall, the pieces of art of both artists’ transfer the viewer to the world of wander and exploration. One can clearly see what authors of the art want to state, but at the same time a place for interpretation is left as well. Wander and lust.