PEOPLEText: Yurie Hatano

Are there any characters except the Made and Sheep?

Yes, there are also Crane, Mecha, and Rabit we used for flyers. The Crane is not a bird but an old lady (as “Tsuru” in Japanese has both meanings as crane and common name of old ladies). The Mecha should be Kame (tortoise), but somehow became Mecha. And Kame should remind of Rabit next, but it also became a bunny…We know it’s getting out of alignment of the original target.

The teddy bear as a new year greeting card we received from you was really impressive. Could you tell us about the teddy bear character also?

Well, it’s actually a dog… Everyone often gets it wrong… The character originally came from a poster for a fashion shop. The poster had a theme of a girl whose interest is shifting from plushie to clothing, and the visual became to be with colorful balls coming from inside the belly. We made it a work, exploring the reason why the belly split off.


You’ll have your first exhibition from March 3rd at SOSO. How do you feel about it?

We of course feel uplifted as this is our first exhibition, but at the same time, we think it’s also a culmination of a series of our works started with “Hannya Shingyo – Zero”. After the exhibition, we hope to feel “this method was completed”.

How the exhibits or the opening party will be like?

It’s a secret. Having an opening party will be also the first experience to us as well as the exhibition itself. There is a little bit pressure on us, but would like to do it without being too eager. It would be great if it will be something visitors can really enjoy.

Could you tell us the concept of SHIFT cover?

We “SHIFT” one of our works from the exhibition on March. Many things are changing even during a time of blink. We simply expressed the message that it’s important to notice and focus on such things.

What is your next plan?

We have lots of details to do including finishing our website, etc.. But for the meantime, we would like to make many works which are enjoyable for both ourselves and other people.

Please leave a message to readers.

Thank you for reading this till the end. It was a honor to work for SHIFT cover. It would be great if we could have some new “connection” after this opportunity.

Text: Yurie Hatano

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