The designer for this issue’s cover is Chisato Shinya. Chisato will hold her second exhibition at Soso, “Imagine Story” in March following last year’s great success “Visible Shapes/Invisible Shapes”. She is broadening her working field not only in Japan but the world as proved by her recent contribution of the illustrations to “Grimm” published by Die Gestalten Verlag.

Could you introduce yourself?

I was born in Sapporo and still live here. I loved drawing from my childhood and kept drawing even as I entered school. When I started working for a company, I realized that I couldn’t keep drawing in the company so I changed jobs and began working at a design company where I worked for three years. After that, I turned to be a freelancer.

What is your current activity?

Magazines, advertising, wallpaper for mobile phones, web… I did an illustration for a fairy story book “Grimm”, which I was longing for and a package design for a music DVD.

In March, you are going to have an exhibition at SOSO.. Could you tell us the details behind it?

This is the second exhibition at Soso followed by “Visible shpe and Invisible shape”. This time’s theme is “Imagine Story”. To tell you the truth, there is a story behind the illustration that will be exhibited, but it’s a secret. I gave it this title because visitors imagine the story on their own. In the feedback of the previous exhibition, there were a lot of individual stories portrayed by individuals as a result of my illustrations. Someone even gave a name to my character! I enjoyed it a lot. Participation to “Grimm” is also the one of the triggers for this idea.

Copyright © 2004 Chisato Shinya + grAphic t AkorA

In the opening event, you invite Kimiyoshi Futori, who has also held an exhibition at Soso before, and Kentaro Hamasato from SAL magazine/Nipponia Electronica. Could you tell me what’s happening in this event?

Kimiyoshi and I do a live drawing on our Mac mutually and the process is projected to a white wall, while Kentaro creates sound. Our illustration might be changed by an inspiration from Kentaro’s sound or our illustration might inspire him. It must be an unique collaboration!

Where do you usually get inspiration?

Trees or mountains which I can see from my windows. Movies. I also get inspired from people I meet. Basically, it’s from everywhere.

How do you create/draw your works?

Mainly, I use tablet on Adobe Illustrator. I try not to use much colours. Basically, I like using many colours. I even get excited to just see 48colour set pastel and it makes me feel like using all colours… and the result would be crazy.

You are broadening your working field internationally as shown in your participation in the Japanese art exhibition “GIGEI” in Singapore, 2003 or contribution to “Grimm”. Do you have anything in mind you want to challenge from now on?

I would like to make an original illustrated book. Some wonderful stories were provided from my friends so it isn’t a long way to be completed. In this exhibition at Soso, drawing is the main thing but I also would like to do solid works, not using computer.

Could you tell me the concept of the cover design this month?

A collaboration CD, which sound is made by Kentaro Hamasato and which sleeve is designed by Kimiyoshi Futori and I is sold during Imagine Story exhibition exclusively. But its CD quality is amazingly good both in sound and the sleeve and I was thinking it is a waste to use them only for the CD, then Shift suggested me to use it as the cover design for Shift then it realised. I was a big fan of Kimiyoshi and also love Kentaro’s unique sound so it was happy accident for me to be able to collaborate with them for Shift cover. Thank you Shift!

Please pass the message to Shift reader.

Please come and see my exhibition at Soso in March! Especially, don’t miss the opening event, it will be a very special night!!

Chisato Shinya Exhibition “Imagine Story”
Date: March 1st (Mon) – March 30th (Tue), 2004
Open: 11:00 – 21:00
Place: Soso cafe
Address:1F Sansei BD., S1 W13 Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Japan
Admission free
Contact: Soso cafe +81-11-280-2240

Text: Naoko Fukushi

*”Grimm” by Die Gestalten Verlag in which Chisato Shinya contributed some illustrations can be purchased at Amazon.

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