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Halloween Eye Candy: Sweet & Creepy Plushies by Mizna Wada

Art, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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It’s time for more Halloween fun with Mizna Wada‘s oh so adorable creepy-cute plushies. These hand-made soft toys have all the hallmarks of Mizna Wada’s work; sweet characters, with large oval eyes and playful expressions, and a touch of the  macabre. The influence of Japanese street fashions like decora and gothic lolita, is also apparent in their chic outfits and tiny accessories.

For more from Mizna Wada check out my previous post Mizna Wada’s Spooky ABC.

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Halloween Eye Candy: Mizna Wada’s Spooky ABC

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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Japanese artist Mizna Wada’s work is a perfect dose of creepy cute for Halloween, so I’m doing a series of posts on this talented artist. For this post I’m featuring her “Spooky ABC”. It’s classic horror meets Hello Kitty adorable, with simple yet bold compositions and bright colors.

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Strange Nature: The Work of Kate MacDowell

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Kate MacDowell’s porcelain sculptures mix the beautiful with the bizarre, as she fuses human and animal into
Frankenstein-like combinations. The result is work that reflects both on mankind’s sometimes twisted relationship to the natural world, as well as our own animal nature.

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Magnificent Skyscapes by Jen

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These beautiful skyscapes by Japanese artist Jen are like meditations on the sublime in everyday life; seemingly realistic, yet also profound and other-worldly.

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Sepia Tinted Portraits by Ikenaga Yasunari

Art, Inspiration, Japan

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Ikenaga Yasunari’s beautiful portraits combine traditional Japanese prints with delicate linework and a decorative touch reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Enjoy.
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Dreams and Revelations: The Work of Marco Mazzoni

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Marco Mazzoni depicts individuals who seem to be engulfed by visions, their senses overwhelmed by dream-like images. It’s fitting then that his artworks are so beautiful, sensual and rich; the result of an astonishing mastery of colored pencils.

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Sweet Lolita Fashion Illustration by Imai Kira

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Japan

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Imai Kira’s illustration for the brand Angelic Pretty, perfectly depicts the aesthetic ideal of sweet lolita fashion. It’s a candy-colored world where doll-like girls with beautifully coiffured hair lounge on cakes and giant jars of strawberry jam.

Perfect if you have a sweet tooth for cute things.

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Cyber Fantasy: Work by Hiroyuki Takahashi

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Sci-fi and sexy meet strange in the work of Japanese illustrator Hiroyuki Takahashi. Her work is an explosion of eye-watering color and bizarre imagery, mixing creepy with cute with beautiful results.

Check out her official website here.

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Clever and Cute Textiles by RAAK

Design, Fashion, Inspiration, Japan, Traditional Japan

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The RAAK brand was created by Eiraku, to bring tenugui, Japanese facecloths, into the modern era. Eiraku was founded in 1615, and this impressive legacy is the foundation of the RAAK brand, as traditional designs are fused with modern elements. The result is textile design that is not only cute and quirky, but also surprising elegant and understated.

In addition to tenugui dyed using the traditional methods, RAAK also stocks handbags, scarfs, hats and other accessories

Visit their official website here

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Sensory Overload: Paintings by Takashi Murakami

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Yes it’s still Takashi Murakami week, and I’m giving you even more superflat pop candy in the form of his paintings. If you’re not overloaded check out my previous posts; Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Monogram and More… features his video work, and Baroque Pop: Murakami Versailles showcases images of his breathtaking Versailles exhibition.

Visit Murakami’s official website here. Images via Galerie Perrotin.

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