remember when i mentioned japanese artist Yayoi Kusama here and here? well, i thought i'd show you a bit more of her work and some of her pieces i own (of the dishtowel and paperweight variety...). she does pretty cool, kooky stuff. i studied Kusama a couple of years ago at uni and she's a very interesting character. she lives in an institution in tokyo (which in essence makes her an 'outsider artist') and travels to and from her studio everyday. polka-dots feature heavily in her work and are derived from the hallucinations she has suffered from since childhood.
the best is how in the 60's she move to nyc and would arrange 'happenings' all over the city, usually in protest against the vietnam war and often involving her being nude and embellished with flowers, sequins, polka-dots (of course) or what have you (total avant-garde, in-yo-face, hippie flower child, love it).
oh, anddddd...she's now in her 80's and still going strong. she just recently collaborated with Marc Jacobs- what a lady!
our cranes finally got a chance to leave the nest! yesterday was a great team effort and went so well. i brought down all of my japanese ceramics and a florist friend brought gorgeous blooms for the display. i was about to lose my mind first thing though because all of the strings had tangled together in transit...but luckily two lovely friends spent almost an hour untangling every last one for me! there were beautiful little helpers in kimono and smiling, helping hands all around. it did rain on and off, which was un petitpeu annoying, though we even had perfect parasols for that (but, of course!). people traveled from near and far, i got to see friends that i haven't seen in yeaarrrrssss and even made a few new ones.
...so...you wanna' know how much we raised? i was hoping for 3 to 5k...
at the end of the day the grand total was 3350!!!!
and...we have a woman who's willing to match that!!! so that means we raised 6700 dollars for the Japanese Red Cross in essentially one day!!!! hooray!!
thank you to everyone who came by, gave a donation and helped out in any way. your support means so much. i simply do not have enough hands to have done that without you all. thank you, thank you, thank you x
*for anyone who was not able to make it on the day or friends or family in other parts of the world, you can donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross online. do it :)