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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: San Smith: Blast from the Pink Past!

27 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!

San Smith

It would seem that my otaku past has a way with catching up with me. Dianne Garcia and I are nerd friends from the past, but San Smith and I also come from the way-back-when time machine! We first met for the simple reason that we both REALLY liked Miwako, a character from the

A wedding invite San drew on commission for fellow nerd friend Ginny, aka G-Chan!

series Paradise Kiss (BEFORE IT WAS EVER AN ANIME, SUCKAS!), making us O.G. Ai Yazawa fans <3. After a few months of constant back and forth comments and emails on Livejournal, the fate of our real lives stepped in and we lost touch for over  almost 8 years (Basically, San deleted her Livejournal account and since we are nerds and didn’t know any other pertinent info about each other, that was the end of that). However, we got back in touch when one day when I recieved a comment on my blag from SAN. I immediately emailed her asking, in an almost too-crazy way, “HEY HEY ARE YOU SAN? MIWAKO SAN? SAN FROM OUR NERD YEARS?” Thank goodness it was her, and not some other girl, because the email would have been creepy as hell if it was for a stranger.

San often does cute illustrations of herself for her outfit-of-the-day posts!

We got back in touch with each other via each others’ blogs, and she even came to visit me in LA when she was trying out to, become a 6%DOKIDOKI model during the Sweet Streets 2 Gallery opening event (and succeeded!). San is such a sweet girl, and I was very glad to see her IRL again. I’m only sad it wasn’t during a slower time of the year when I wasn’t running an event and had not too too much time to hang out 😦

ANYWAY! enough reminiscing! San is now a successful freelance illustrator! She has a really smooth illustrative style, and currently resides in Atlanta, home to many of my east coast nerd friends of yore ❤

Her bio from her site:

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.

Now that the Bunnies & Bows show is so close, I have FINAL images for many of my artists! Check out her in-progress shot of her work, and then her final product below!

In-progress shot of her conceptualizing her ideas for the piece

“All wrapped up”
Medium: Digital print
Size: 8.5×11″
Price: $75.00

Can’t wait to see it in person! ❤

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!

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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
Twitter

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
Twitter
Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
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
Twitter
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
Twitter
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
Twitter
Artwork preview for Bunnies & Bows
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
Twitter
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
Twitter
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
Twitter
Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
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
Twitter
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
Twitter
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.

Sweet Streets II recap: The exhibition opening

17 Sep

Sweet Streets is over, but my love for the event and the people who came by is never dying! I’m skipping around a bit with these posts, but that is my nature! Here’s a short recap of the event itself ❤ So many things happened before this event, it feels sort of overwhelming to post about it all…!

I was very honored to have been able to participate in this event. Although I know that usually garments are not considered “art,” I’ve always been very happy to create garments as a form of my own artistic expression for many years now, and am so delighted that others are viewing what I create not just as a costume, but actually AS art.

My piece, Dining Etiquette, was really well received!

Another image of my peice, photo by Daniel Lim.

I was also excited to be invited to have a small popup shop area within the Gallery Nucleus shop area! A lot of people were super amped to see my bows in person and try them on! I always love being able to interact with my customers in person (even though half of the time their reaction to me talking to them is “who are you???” haha!).

I was inspired by my roomie Yume Ninja to dress up for this event like we used to in days of yore (AKA days before we were actually running the events ourselves), so I busted out my Hello Kitty Princess dress that I made for the Sanrio fashion show last year, but have never worn myself, and added some fun hair to the equation. I made the hair piece using loose extensions, plastic boards, and lots of bobby pins! It was pretty fun and easy, so I hope to do more hair pieces like that in the future.

Myself and Maria from Locketship! Photo by Locketship

Photo by Dave Tada!

Back of my outfit, while talking to Vani of 6%Dokidoki. Photo by Cheyenne Koi

I met so many awesome people through this event, and got to work extensively with others that I’ve known and respected for a while. Twinkiechan said it best when she said that her Twitter feed was “blowing up with Sweet Streets girl love” right after the event.

My event production group, Bubble Punch, ran the opening night events as well as the talk show the following day, featuring 6%Dokidoki. You can find a full recap of that HERE!

And another last big thanks to Caro! She was the sole curator for this awesome event that brought so many people together! THANK YOU CARO!!!

Caro and I, photo by Shannon Cottrell of LA Weekly

Thanks again for everyone who showed their support for me ❤

I’m also really bad about posting about my personal life these days, but I also wanted to give a shoutout to the lovely Bei of BeiBadGirl, and San from san-smith.com! They both stayed at my apartment during all the crazy preparation for this event, and I’m thankful for their company and patience during this time, even though they were both on vacation! THANKS my lovelies!