Brooklyn-based artist, Aya Kakeda has been very busy. Those of you who collect toys may recognize Kakeda’s designs from Kidrobot’s Dunny 2010, Series 5, Endangered and Fatales ranges. [Refresh your memory here.] She recently got in touch about new 3D work in ceramic and plush, as well as some exciting overseas travel.
After six months of planning, Kakeda is now touring Mexico. She writes:
I’ve been to Mexico twice and I was in love with the country and people there, this is a dream come true projects for me!
Her first stop was at Amarillo Centro de Diseño to present a stop-motion animation workshop. Unfortunately, if you’re just finding out about this now, you’ve missed it. However, her exhibition, Aya Kakeda Works from 2000~2012 is open here.
Back in Brooklyn, in Aya’s absence, Cotton Candy Machine’s wonderful and affordable Tiny Trifecta has its sequel show on Saturday, July 7th. Kakeda submitted her new Box-Kun ceramic figure (above) and two additional pieces (below). All will be available first come, first served for only $100 each!
Finally, on July 13th, Kakeda will be at Rojo Bermelo store to launch her new plush collaboration with Mexican artist, TOLOACHE. The creature is called “Hanabi Monster,” and the duo also produced a limited edition silkscreen print.
Click through for a little more info and a stop-motion Box-Kun video. I’ll keep you updated on American availability for Box-Kun and Hanabi Monster when I get more info! Happy travels, Aya!