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Yet another July adventure! Little Tokyo Design Week

18 Jul

This past Saturday, July 16 , my friends and I headed out to Little Tokyo Design Week, to check out the sights for this awesome festival. Little Tokyo is, let’s face it, a LITTLE sad, since a lot of the Japanese businesses in the area moved out during the recession in the 1990’s, and parts of the outdoor shopping centers are starting to look rundown or out-of-date. Little Tokyo Design Week was first conceptualized as an event to help rejuvenate the area, as well as encourage the support of both the public and Japanese companies to help bring people and interest back to Little Toyko.

A little about Little Tokyo Design Week itself via their website:

Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology now emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. Design’s ability to move us towards a more sustainable and creative urban lifestyle is at the heart of this four-day festival, which will be open to the public from July 14 – July 17, 2011 (VIP Preview Night: 7/13).

Organized thematically and geographically around four Design Zones, Little Tokyo Design Week will engage local and international designers, artists, architects, filmmakers, corporations, and students from the Southern California region to explore possible scenarios for a “New Urban Lifestyle.”

Throughout the festival, symposia featuring progressive talent in the fields of design, technology, and the environment will be sited throughout the plethora of interesting meeting and plaza spaces Little Tokyo offers. Pecha Kucha nights (a series of presentations of 20 slides, each shown in 20 seconds), outdoor film screenings, fashion shows, product demonstrations, performances, music, and awards ceremonies will round out LTDW’s exciting schedule.

It was certainly interesting and educational, but done in a festival style so it was still fun for those who don’t know much about architectural design, but still want to support the efforts.

We headed down to join the fun on Saturday! An old work friend of mine invited us to join the VIP party with our friends that night. There was lots of free sushi, drinks, and fun friends to have fun with 🙂

There was this cool recycled cardboard installation in the middle of JACCC Plaza! Onch and I stopped by to take some pics before heading to the party

More photos of the fashionable fun, plus some pics from the exhibits in the JACC plaza after the jump!

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“Bunnies & Bows” Opening Video!

19 May

Hey everyone! My awesome friends over at One Bus Productions have finished editing the video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” opening on May 7th!

Check out this awesome video, featuring shots of the amazing party at JapanLA, and candid interviews with:

Video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” exhibition opening, featuring a look at the awesome party, and interviews with:

Designer of Chubby Bunny and curator of Bunnies & Bows, Michelle Nguyen

Bunnies & Bows artists:
Misha
Yume Ninja
Jim Mahfood
Onch

and musician Kerli

Shot and edited by One Bus Productions: Tim Chang & Rayne Vasquez

I totally got teary-eyed watching this… and I must have been excited because my voice was super high o.o

**Chubby Bunny accessories that were available at this show are now available online here!
** ARTWORK FROM THIS SHOW IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE! Check here!

Thanks again to everyone who supported me to make this event truly amazing!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Onch: Rainbow Prince of LA

29 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Onch

Onch's "Meatlace" product, inspired by Lady Gaga's meat outfit! (Don't worry, it's just plastic!)

You may already know Onch from his stint on the reality show Paris’ My New BFF season 1 and 2, or from his super over-the-top food-themed jewelry line “Onch Movement,” for which my event production company helped throw a massively SWEET shindig for a few months ago…!

But, when I met Onch, he was just a cute-fashion lover the same as myself as he was sitting in JapanLA

Onch's amazing icecream cone necklace! I waaant ❤

chatting with the owner, Jamie, as I came in to do a photo session. Onch has a great passion for fashion, and more importantly, an amazingly energetic outlook on life, as well as business. I really respect Onch’s ability to “sell” cute, as well as BE cute and be himself, without worrying too much if people think he’s being strange or not. He knows what it’s like to be different, but instead of trying to blend in to be like everyone else, embraces his uniqueness and doesn’t worry about the “haters.” Lord knows I totally see eye to eye with him on this. I know strangers stare (or scream and take photos of me like I’m a rabid beast about to kill their babies), and that it’s a tough thing when growing up to not just try to be “normal” just so other people will stop bothering you.

Onch's works for the #PrayForJapan Exhibition in March.

And yet, here we all are, still being “weird,” creative, and loving it, embracing others who are like us and enjoy being unique!

So to Onch, I salute him for making a career of it, and also to being a totally sweet friend! I’m glad to have met him and I hope everyone who attends the party can, too!

His artwork matches his personality, and is super cute, glittery, and looks like candy! Check out some shots of his finished work!

Onch's completed super-glittery piece!

Name: Lucky dead bunny
Material: acrylic on wood, epoxy coating
Size 8.5″ x 11″
Price: $350

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Chubby Bunny Presents: Bunnies & Bows: Art Exhibition & Chubby Bunny Fashion Event!

4 Apr

CHUBBY BUNNY presents:

“Bunnies & Bows: Art Exhibition & Fashion Event”

Exhibition:  May 7 – May 19, 2011


Location:
JapanLA
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Chubby Bunny is proud to announce our very first curated group art exhibition and fashion event!

Chubby Bunny will debuting our new line of accessories and super limited shirts and dresses at this event!

Artists will be creating new work for the show based on the theme of “Bunnies & Bows,” each bringing their own unique outlook to the canvas for this fantastic show. This exhibition features a group of artists handpicked not only for their extraordinary talent, but for their incredible influence on myself and my work as I have grown as a fashion designer, artist and business owner in the past few years. It is a great honor to be able to exhibit their work together so others may be as inspired by them as I have. A full list of participating artists, including bios, can be found below.

Of course, along with art, we will also be showcasing Chubby Bunny fashion during this exhibit. I will be exhibiting a last-look retrospective of my previous work, both fashion and art related. After this show, many of these pieces will be permanently dismantled or sold, so it will be your last chance to see some of my (perhaps in)famous past work!

To celebrate this incredible mixed media exhibition, there will be an opening party on May 7th, 2011, from 7 – 10pm at JapanLA! I will also be debuting my new line of Chubby Bunny accessories and hand-made one of-a-kind shirts and dresses at the event, which will be available for purchase at a special discounted rate for one night only! Below is a list of event happenings!

  • Handcrafted window installation: Designed and installed by Chubby Bunny, JapanLA’s storefront windows will feature creative original work.
  • Live models!
  • Costume contest: We encourage guests to dress up in BUNNIES AND BOW-themed costumes! There will be prizes awarded to the  most creative attendees who use the theme and their own originality in their outfits. Both men and women of all ages are encouraged to participate in the costume event! Prizes include gifts from Chubby Bunny, Sugarpill Makeup, and more…!
  • Cake Balls: Lil’ Rae Cakes will also be present selling her infamous cake balls, with specially commissioned ones just for this event!
  • Live DJ: Spinning for the night will be provided by the ever-awesome DJ R-Rated.
  • Party Snaps: Event photography by Eron Rauch
  • Kirin Beer: Complimentary refreshments by Kirin
  • Jogasaki Food Truck: Delicious sushi-style burritos for purchase!

Bunnies & Bows is not only a showcase of new work from art and fashion, but is also an enormous, party-sized THANK YOU to all of the people who have influenced, supported, and inspired me along the way. Everyone involved is a dear friend who has helped or influenced me in my work. We hope you can all come celebrate on this inspiring night!

Media Contact: iamchubbybunny@gmail.com

P.S. This also happens to be on the Chubby Bunny’s birthday weekend 🙂

Artist roster:
Aimee Steinberger
Twitter
Artwork preview for Bunnies & Bows
Aimee Steinberger is an animation artist currently working as Assistant Director on Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama. She has previously worked on The Simpsons and various animation projects for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Animation. Aimee wrote and illustrated a book about her trip to Japan, called, Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan.

Akira Ebihara
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Residing in Tokyo, Akira Ebihara became a freelance illustrator in 2004. She primarily draws illustrations for magazine covers, women’s magazines, books, and commercial media for women ranging from teens to adults. Her illustrations have been highlighted in international design and magazines. Akira began exhibiting overseas in 2010 with SWEET STREETS.

Bei Badgirl
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Bei Badgirl is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney and has been exhibiting internationally. Inspired by all that glitters, her ultra-girly work explores the notions of sex and excess, obsession, indulgence, and the concept of falling in love with imaginary things. Blending her daily routines and sugar-sweet addictions, her work is an overflow of all that is criminally dear to her. She currently lives and works in her underwater palace in the kingdom of Atlantica and enjoys baking, watching cartoons, and bringing sailors to their doom in her free time.

Dianne Garcia
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Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
A full time graphic designer for the LA Weekly magazine, part time blogger and a space pirate, she is excited to practice the finer side of art and draw inspiration from a friend. She has lived in Southern California for 15 years and studied Fine Arts at USC. Dianne will one day tell her tales of space pirate adventures through illustration and comic books, but for now, she dreams of food, kittens, and zombies.

Eimi
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Eimi illustrates cute girls who are always bright and happy. Sometimes they feel like doing mischief and feel anxiety about eating too much, expressing the many emotions of girls. Eimi evokes this emotion with a glaring pop style that she calls “pink science.” Her artwork is a combination of mixed media, using mainly acrylic, watercolors, and paper collage in a monochromatic palette.

Jim Mahfood
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Jim Mahfood, aka Food One, has worked for every major comic book company. He has illustrated Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” comics, done art for the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007, painted the murals on Comedy Central’s “Sarah Silverman Show”, illustrated the “Kickpuncher” comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s  “Community”, & is currently illustrating & art directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s “MarijuanaMan” project.

Kayo Tamaishi
Kayo Tamaishi was born in 1980 and raised in Yokohama, Japan. It was here that she studied art with Setsu Nagasawa, a prominent Japanese fashion illustrator. Kayo’s girls are cute and fashionable, always celebrating femininity. As an artist, she hopes to spread happiness with each piece that she creates.

Kevin Marburg
Oakland, California artist Kevin Marburg has appeared in numerous art shows and books for his early work as a skateboard artist. He is more recently known for creating many award-winning video game covers for Electronic Arts.

Luke Chueh
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Born in Philadelphia, but tragically raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obipso, where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). An award-winning designer, Luke has been featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Martin Hsu
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Martin often dreams of running through fields of shimmery bows with giant unicorn bunnies. When he’s not daydreaming, he makes pictures with crayons and painting with his hands.

Michelle Romo
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Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer who is fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese, and Scandinavian design and pretty much anything cute. Michelle created her line, Crowded Teeth, in 2004 and continues to create characters and products under that name. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jason and their two cats, Hurts and Morgan.

Misha
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Misha’s art is a fusion of Japanese Anime, Hindu and Buddhist religious imagery, and traditional tattoo design. Her favorite subjects to paint are mermaids, pin-ups, geishas, and monsters; preferable a mix of at least two of them at once. She also enjoys the dichotomy of having a monster look cute and sweet. Her paintings and drawings are not based in reality, but instead she creates a world where even monsters are cute and the world is a happy place, seeing the people not as they are, but as cartoon characters.

Miss Kika
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Miss Kika is originally from San Francisco, and now resides in Seoul, South Korea,  and works full-time as a freelance illustrator.  She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida in 2006 with her BFA in illustration, and enjoys girly 1980’s cartoons, strawberry tea, and all things that sparkle or come topped with icing.

NICO
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NICO began illustrating at a young age professionally in 2001.  Her modern pop artwork is gaining international popularity, having designed many CD albums, characters, magazine designs for Vogue Nippon, GQ, Loreal, Mattel, and Paperchase stationary. She is based in Japan, UK, and exhibits worldwide.

Onch
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Onch is a jewelry designer, artist, and TV personality, most known for his memorable appearance on Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, where Onch melted the hearts of audiences around the world with his bubbly genuine self. Onch’s Creations has also been featured on top television shows such as Fox News, The Soup, Tyra Banks Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Style Network’s The DISH, VH1 Best Week Ever, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Rock of Love.

San Smith
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San Smith is a professional illustrator residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Her style is inspired by her interest in animation, comic books and vintage toys. When San isn’t drawing, she enjoys hula hooping, riding bicycles, photography and chasing her Chihuahua around the house. Her influences include Jamie Hernandez, Dan DeCarlo, Tara McPherson, and Bruce Timm.

Yuki Takahashi
Yuki Takahashi’s artwork came to the attention of Tokyo art fans when she designed the back cover of Japanese art magazine “Design No Genba [The Scene Of The Design]” in the Liquitex illustration contest in 2008. She is a traditional illustrator working with a variety of medium such as acrylic gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils to make her artwork colorful and pop. She is a recipient of the CWC Chance-Ten Finalist Award.

Yume Ninja
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Yume Ninja is the commander of gothicorns and ruler of ninjas in the kingdom of blood, darkness, & glitter. Yume is a chameleon, venturing into various realms of self-expressionism. Her belief that beauty and perfection comes from constantly evolving one’s skills and self-expression is a constant theme in her range of artwork. Her form, art, and presentation is a constantly evolving collection of her own inspirations by video games, the macabre, classical art, fashion, mythology, anime/manga, and literature.

Shannon Shea
Originally from Oroville, California, Shannon graduated with a BFA in Electronic Art from California State University of Chico before moving to Shiga, Japan for three wonderful years of fun and cultural immersion. Shea currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and is working with adults with developmental disabilities at Project Grow, creating art and filming various projects. Shea finds inspiration in all things cute, pastel and ’80s.

SPONSORS: JapanLA, Sugarpill, Lil’ Rae Cakes, Kirin, Bubble Punch, Kerli

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Onch is a jewelry designer, artist, and TV personality, most known for his memorable appearance on Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, where Onch melted the hearts of audiences around the world with his bubbly genuine self. Onch’s Creations has also been featured on top television shows such as Fox News, The Soup, Tyra Banks Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Style Network’s The DISH, VH1 Best Week Ever, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Rock of Love.

Monster of a Time

11 Jan

I’ve been purposefully making sure I can go out and socialize as much as possible in the first few weeks of January, because my schedule of over working and not seeing my friends is coming soon…!

So, if these last couple of posts makes you think I’m a party animal, you may be correct only for another week or so, haha.

Will and I purchased a superfancy electric skillet from Mitsuwa, so that we can host our own yakiniku, shabushabu, and sukiyaki parties at our home eventually! We tested it out for the first time last week and had some nice yakiniku times. Here’s a quick pic of the pre-meat action setup.

You'll note the face that it's not even on a table.. it's an upside down bulletin board on top of a box, haha. We need furniture...

Saturday morning provided some downtime for us, so I made an attempt at a different DIY nail style, with sort of half-assed results…

This is totally the better of the two hands. I'm right handed, so the nails on my right hand look like a battlefield! Next time, it would be better if I bought one of those nail pens to do the black! You'll also notice I have inadvertantly done the VIVA JAMAICA colors lol.... dammit!

Saturday night, we went out to the Anime Babes Burlesque & Cabaret show at Bordello Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. Last year, this same crew did the Star Wars & Video game burlesque, and it was a huge hit– I was sad I didn’t go! But this time, we braved the chilly streets to check out the show…

For the occasion, I wore my dress that I've named "The Tron Dress", even though it's just a regular dress I purchased online, haha.

The show itself was pretty amusing, with burlesque dancers dressed up as Pikachu, Tokyo Mew Mew, Trixie (it wasn’t really her outfit though… just a generic “racing girl” costume.. gah I’m a perfectionist!), Lust from Full Metal Alchemist, and Rei from Evangelion. I wasn’t really able to get a proper photo int he dark club with my phone, but you’ll find the rest of the proper photos up on my pals’ LA Weekly article here!

Sunday I had a nice work-related adventure downtown grabbing supplies for an upcoming party that my co-owned company Bubble Punch are throwing with Onch! I always get super tired after huge adventures like that, so I NEED to replenish my HP bar with some bacon covered hot dog goodness!

Well, I know you all LOVE my crappy fuzzy phone pics, but I finally got my new camera in the mail! May it live longer than its predecessors (I am a camera killer, and accidentally ruin all cameras I have in about a year. SADS). This little tyke shall be named.. THE RED DEMON. THe red is so bright it’s almost orange..!

Other than that, last week was really keen and relaxing. Monday brought on a slew of really terrible events, which I’m working hard on keeping my mind off of this week. Please excuse any emo-ness you may find on my twitter and such. But hey, more inane blog posts about absolutely nothing for you guys woo!

Stay warm, my friends!

The Renaissance Lasted 2,000 Years! Who Knew!

3 May

As I like to say, Ren Faire is a festival for those who love dressing up in historic clothing from about the time Jesus was born to… now-ish.

This past Saturday, it was the official “Pirate Day” over at the SoCal Renaissance Pleasure Faire, so my compatriots donned our most fabulous old times-y outfits, and made our way out to the mountains for this epic event. (Please note, from here on out, FAIRE HAS AN “E” ON IT! That’s how we do it old-timesy, folks.)

My pink pirate ensemble for the day! Sporting my Alice and the Pirates wear, made by Baby the Stars Shine Bright.

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Fantastic Fête: Rococo Rendezvous, produced by Zippercut

5 Dec

Last night, Zippercut produced their very first event, titled “Rococo Rendezvous,” over at the Royal/T maid cafe in Culver City.

Well over 100 people were in attendance, snacking on hors d’oeuvres and watching the fun lineup of 3 bands play in the back room. What really strikes me about Royal/T is it’s copious amounts of space in an area where I’ve become accustomed to tiny venues. Culver City has never truly been a mecca of large galleries, so Royal/T is definitely a venue to keep your eye on for future innovative events. Zippercut was wise in its choice of the yet-unexploited Royal/T venue to host their event at.

Zippercut did a great job with the guest list as well, with attendees such as Hannabeth (of indie scene fame), Onch (from the recently wrapped “Paris’ New BFF”), myself and Jenna Winterberg (editors of Gothic & Lolita Bible), staff from LA Weekly as well as Soapbox films, to name a few!

It was really refreshing seeing people of all ages dressing up in elegant styles. Gorgeous evening wear, Lolita fashion, rococo wardrobe, and other period garments were well-represented at this event. I had a blast being as costumey as possible in my self-styled Snow Queen getup.

Here are just a few pics from the event. (All photos (c) of William Bradley)

Left to Right, Yume, Onch, and myself.

Mandy Ma, one of the organizers of Zippercut.com, posing with Hannabeth.

Plenty of Epic Garb to round out the night!

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