The Library of Congress has acquired seven pieces of mine for their permanent collection. I would like to thank the Art Directors and publications I collaborate with for making this honor possible.
In April, 2019 I conducted a series of workshops in Athens, Greece as part of a partnership between the Museum of Modern Art and Melissa Books, publisher of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity in Greek. I visited five schools and met with hundreds of enthusiastic students in addition to a workshop at the Children’s Art Gallery of Greece, and a lecture at the School of Fine Arts with Christopher Hudson, publisher at MoMA.
It’s always an honor to be in American Illustration and I am thrilled to have three pieces selected for the American Illustration 38 Book! Many thanks to the Boston Globe and my publishing team at Chronicle Books for the collaborations! Many thanks to the jury: Christopher Brand, Crown Publishing; Dennis Huynh, Buzzfeed; Maria G. Keehan, Smithsonian; Hannah K Lee, The New York Times; Janet Michaud, Politico; Aaron Rinas, Art + Mechanical; and Marianne Seregi, National Geographic! Many thanks to American Illustration!
Happy to hear the cover for Columbia Magazine won an award of Merit from the Society of Publication Designers 54th Annual.
Honored to have Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity selected for the Nami Concours 2019. Five illustrtaions and the book will be on display for the exhibition on Nami Island, Korea April 12- July 7 2019.
I recently conducted a series of events at the HIGH Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. On January 9 I gave a talk with the AIGA Atlanta in the Hill Auditorium at the HIGH. Many thanks to the AIGA board and all the attendees!
On January 12, I conducted a series of events for families to coincide with the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the HIGH. I read fro Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity followed by participants creating their own infinity rooms. Thank you tot he HIGH Museum for their hospitality and invitation!
I conducted a workshop on Creating Storyboards for a Picture Book for adults and a workshop based on Yayoi Kusama: from Here to Infinity for children and families at the historic Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.
The workshops coincided with an exhibition at the renowned Giannino Stoppani Bookstore in Bologna. The events were with Fatatrac who published Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity in Italy. I was very pleasantly surprised that Elena Pasoli, Director of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair attended the opening.
I also did a live interview on Radio 3 in Rome. Thank you to Deborah Soria of Ottimassimo Bookstore in Trastevere for translating! You can listen to the interview here
Many thanks to Stefano Cassaneli and Maddalena Lucareli of Fatatrac and Giulia Franchi from Palexpo for hosting me!!
I recently taught twenty-one workshops in Japan to hundreds of students aged from three years old to High School students and adults. It was a wonderful experience and I had time for sightseeing in between. To teach such a range of ages I prepared a number of different workshops, which I then customized for each class. I visited five international schools: Marist Brothers in Kobe, Nishimachi International School, Tokyo, New International School, Tokyo, The Montessori School of Tokyo, and St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo. I also conducted workshops at the Itabashi Art Museum in Tokyo and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Japan.
I traveled with my husband and fellow illustrator, David Flaherty. We began our trip with a few days of sightseeing in Kyoto.
From Kyoto we traveled by high-speed train to Kobe, where I had the first full day of workshops. I taught a variety of classes: collage, illustrating animals, and illustrating emotions for the upper classmen.
After the great day at Marist Brothers School in Kobe, we went to Tokyo. It was very nice and an honor to be greeted at the Yayoi Kusama Museum by Ms. Megumi Takasugi from Kusama’s studio who told me how much Ms Kusama loved the book.
I taught two-full days at the Nischimachi International School: one day for the elementary school and another for the middle school. I was welcomed by a large collage mural of a spread from Yayoi Kusama: from Here to infinity created by the grades one-five students and led by their dynamic teacher, Erica Grainger. In between workshops on collage and working with dots and patterns, I spoke to the school assembly. the students were very engaged and had lots of questions.
The next day I conducted two workshops for the reknowed Itabashi Art Museum for families. Following a reading of the Kusama book (in Japanese with the translator) we created and named our own infinity rooms. the families were wonderful to work with and the Itabashi Art Museum organizers were great hosts.
The next afternoon I led a collage workshop with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Japan chapter. The regional advisors, Holly Thompson, Mariko Nagai, and Naomi Kojima were also very helpful in my planning this trip. It was a fantastic time and afterwards a bunch of us went to dinner. Such a treat to connect with the community or writers and illustrators in Tokyo.
The next few days of teaching were packed and flew by quickly. I taught a special illustration workshop for a group of thirty students middle and high school students at the New International School. Another full day at Nishimachi International school with the middle school students, followed by a full day at the Montessori School of Tokyo, where I taught a range of workshops. The librarian at MST, Elizabeth Ogiyama was instrumental in planning and coordinating my visits, a very big thank you! The teaching period culminated with a full day at the all boys’ academy of St. Mary’s International School. There I taught a range of workshops including an intensive for a select group of Advanced Placement students who have their goals set on attending art colleges in Japan and abroad.
After the busy and rewarding teaching, we went to Hakone where we were rewarded with perfect weather and views of the elusive Mt. Fuji. It was an amazing experience and many thanks to all the teachers, librarians, students, SCBWI Japan and Itabashi Art Museum for the gracious hospitality. This was my first visit to Japan and I will definitely be back soon!!
Recipes for Good Luck is feature in the October 2018 issue of Reader’s Digest along with a cover line.
Thank you to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a great event and everyone who attended the story time readings and book signings of Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity
Many thanks to the Cleveland Public Library for hosting me for a number of events last week. I conducted two story time and craft events for Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity for children in the Fulton and Langston Hughes branches and a Storytelling with Word and Image Workshop for adults in the beautiful main branch. The librarians and staff I met are not only knowledgeable about their subjects but they know the names of the kids in their communities and if they had lunch. Our libraries and their employees are precious resources
Thanks to the MoMA Design Store for a fun art making event for Recipes for Good Luck! After a reading, participants made cards creating a good luck ritual for someone who needs good luck. Many thanks to the MoMA staff, volunteers, attendees and art educator Kristin Roeder!
Please join me Sunday June 10, 11:00-1:00 pm for a book reading, signing and art making workshop @momadesignstore Soho 81 Spring Street. The event is free, rsvp for the kids workshop or just drop in for the signing! More info: https://store.moma.org/stores-events
It's always an honor to be in American Illustration and I am thrilled to have 4 pieces selected into the AI37 book! Many thanks to the jurors, Mark Heflin and my publishing teams at Chronicle Books and the Museum of Modern Art