Fairytales and Warriors

19 May

This past Sunday, May 16th, three Los Angeles artists combined their works for the “Folklore Art Show,” a presentation hosted by Fleeting Projects, a monthly installation of different works at Renee’s Courtyard in Santa Monica, CA.

The three artists all met while attending CalArts, and currently all work on the popular show Futurama. These three friends showcased work based on different stories and legends that were dear to them.

Aimee Major Steinberger is one of my dearest friends, and her work proved to me again why I’m always so in awe of her as an artist. She works quickly and creatively, and is adept at making quick decisions when creating artistic works, something I’m painfully slow at. An assistant director at Futurama, it was interesting to see that work contrasted with her artwork included on the Bamboo Cutter, which was gently done in pencils and marker. Her attention to detail was shown not only in her artwork,Β  but also in the accents she decorated the room her work was featured in. Strewn with Chinese lanterns, obi, and small flowers, she made the gallery feel like a part of the artwork itself. The Bamboo Cutter is one of the oldest narratives in Japanese literature (way before Tale of Genji), and tells a bittersweet tale of a princess from the moon (Kahuya-hime) who was raised by the bamboo cutter and his wife, but grew up longing for her home on the moon.

The beginning of the tale of the Bamboo Cutter, by Aimee Major Steinberger.

The bamboo cutter found Kaguya-hime in the forest

Lots of photos and details of all artists after the jump!

The bamboo cutter and his wife were very happy to have a child. Kaguya-hime eventually grew to be a beautiful woman.

Aimee adjusting her obi on her complicated Takuya Angel ensemble.

Other works by Aimee.

Part of Aimee's extensive obi collection.

Crystal Chesney-Thompson, affectionately dubbed “Crisso” by Aimee, is director at Futurama, and shares a common love with me: the tale of the Little Mermaid! Appropriately housed in the blue, sea-like room of Renee’s, her Little Mermaid pieces were absolutely stunning, and drawn with a soft hand. Crystal opted to focus on the Hans Christian Andereson version of the tale, where in the end, she sacrifices her own life for the happiness of the prince she loves, and returns to the sea. On the opposite wall, she showcased her Princess and the Pea inspired drawings, done in a more stylized animated look. Crystal also showcased ocean-colored jewelry along with her artwork.

Princess and the Pea artwork, by Crystal.

Ocean-themed decor in the room featuring Crystal's work.

The penciled version and finished painted version, done on coral, by Crystal Chesney-Thompson.


Derek Thompson bravely does the timing on Futurama, which when explained to me, put me more in awe of him than I was already! An avid crafter and prop-builder, Derek showcased art from his self-written and self-illustrated comic Marishi 10, based on a legend of a female samurai in ancient Japan. Along with his illustrations, Derek showcased part of his extensive collection of Japanese armor.

Original artwork from Marishi 10, by Derek Thompson

Samurai armor, part of Derek's personal collection.

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