7/09/2011

Iryna Berezhko -Sumo


"I love Japan!"



















Iryna Berezhko (1979, Izmail, Ukraine). Student of Willem de Kooning Academie Hogeschool (Rotterdam, Netherland)

 About myself:  I’m a multicultural artist, but I don’t forgot my “roots”. Because it’s basis for everything what I’m doing. Because of this I know who am I and who is a person?  This theme is a main point in my creation. Somebody says that I’m drawing illustrations of our life and have interest in social-political aspects of human being. For me it’s only one side of the reality. Using pencil and paint I try to create one new world which composed from different puzzles of our presence and past.  I explore modern materialistic suffering, mentality, aims of life and thought. Trying to understand why grow up the gap between man and humanity? And of course I study interaction of cultures. How on the basis of art- and cultural history arise the modern interaction of cultures. And how is going this process? What is the condition of the human or society passing through the process of interaction of different cultures. All it’s about my “ideology”. And if I say about my technical skills. In this case for me is interesting how I can find a middle way between sensual harmony and technical implementation of work.


Thank you Iryna! 

Please visit Tomodachi Calling. You can buy this unique "SUMO" goods!

7/02/2011

Ingo Hecker

















"I'm so thankful for everything you made me see, you opened up my eyes."
- Ingo Hecker


Ingo Hecker is a photographer in Germany. 

His photography became a t-shirt, mug, pin-badge and a tote-bag on Tomodachi Calling web shop! Please visit our shop and buy.


7/01/2011

Anna Ceeh -ABBEYROAD 2011



"…exploiting untrained under-classes to perform dangerous maintenance and clean-up work… God bless you!"

- Anna Ceeh


ANNA CEEH (RU/AT) is an artist and academic researcher working with photography, video and electronic music within the Austrian and international arts context. Honorary Mention Digital Music & Sound Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project SONIC ZONES about electronic music scenes in post-Soviet states (with Franz Pomassl).

This her work has grown on me as the one of the my favorite art works. The visual affected me as like a bad dream in the bad dream. When I awake from the dream, I'm still in the same situation. But actually I'm not living in her picture, I'm living in reality. The clear fact somehow makes me feeling relief a bit. - Ai /Tomodachi Calling 


Thank you, Anna. You can buy her work "ABBEYROAD 2011" on Tomodachi Calling.

6/23/2011

Makiko Kishi -l'aube du temps


















We received this text as her introduction and a message to Japan:


I am a japanese photographer leaving in Paris for 30 years. I have been the first and only japanese female among the catwalks bikers. gorilla-size photographers. My art work mixes documentary and abstract images. It is certainly influenced by japanese culture: my latest work refers the world of Noh theater. It is eerie. It’ s the land of apparitions and magic creatures, myths, the realm of the invisible that I see all around us.


I left Japan as a teenager and only had the chance to go back once so far. But I feel essentially related to this land. Like all the japanese community of expatriates, it was disheartening to attend to the tragedy without being able to help. Seeing that beautiful land being devastated. I heard many people qualifying the way Japanese were acting as dignified and exemplary. I am touched on how much people all over the world mobilized. This shows we can all unify our forces to support each others.


- Makiko Kishi


Thank you, Makiko. I haven't seen you yet but I have a lot of stories what I want to talk with you one day! Her work is on Tomodachi Calling now. Please visit us! -Ai / Tomodachi Calling



6/22/2011

[Milok]


"今こそ!たくさんの愛が必要な時です 愛のみが困難だった日を救うことができるでしょう。"
"Now! Is the time that love is required. Surely love can save our trouble days."

-Milok






Milok is a men's fashion label, based in Tokyo. What Milok does best is mixing a preppy style with an ethnic accent. Their respect for each culture unfold in their creation. 

Milok's design is now on Tomodachi Calling! Let's buy his T-shirt. Then you can wear the cool T-shirt this summer, People in Tohoku will get several money for recovering and also the designer will be happy!

6/18/2011

Haruki Murakami on the Quake

We've just read the amazing acceptance speech of Haruki Murakami upon receiving the Catalunya International Price and we really have to share the link. Please read! 


"The last time I visited Barcelona was in spring two years ago. I participated in a book-signing event and was surprised at how many readers queued up to wait for my autograph. It took more than one and a half hours to sign for all of them, because many of my female readers wanted to kiss me. It all took quite some time. I’ve taken part in book-signing events in many other cities all over the world, but only in Barcelona were there women who wanted to kiss me. If only for this reason, it struck me that Barcelona was a wonderful city. I’m very glad to be back in this city, which has a rich history and a wonderful culture. But I’m sorry that today I have to talk about something more serious than kisses."


Read more >>
http://www.senrinomichi.com/?p=2541

6/15/2011

Frederike Kruse -Let's Talk!

"I'm a bird now/I'm a bird and I fly ....//slicing winds with my wings/shaping clouds into things/imaginings....//I'm a bird now and I fly/I could close my eyes and never die. "


- Frederike Kruse











She introduces herself. Like this: I write to know what I feel, paint to see a world I sense inside, I touch to know a heart that isn't mine and kiss to filter into a life of which I wish to be part. I need to share bits of me, embellish myself with pieces of you and read your face to see my own. So, I allow my breath to butterfly your lips, the tiniest sip of sips, a dot from feathery fingertips, almost enough to embrace your smile...

Please visit her web site. You can buy Her work and donate same time at Tomodachi Calling.

6/14/2011

Sterre van Rossem -Let me hold your hand

























"I have always thought of the balloon as a symbol for hope or desire. When I was young I would get a balloon and I would let it up in to make a wish come true. This quote from the Beatles, signals that same hope, and comfort. To hold someone's hand is to offer them support and comfort. This balloon symbols both a wish for Japan and the support it deserves."

-Sterre van Rossem


Sterre van Rossem is a young writer, storyteller and performer (with the artistic collaborative Furthur Labelz). She just published her first book with short stories in Holland, called Een smaak van liefde.
Her design is now on Tomodachi Calling.

6/13/2011

Shantell Martin -EYE27

























"Living in Tokyo, I discovered a love for collaborating with DJs, bands, and dancers... Still much more to be discoverd there!"

-Shantell Martin


Artist Shantell Martin collaborates with her surroundings, translating into glyphs, lines, recurring characters, and words the newspaper someone is reading across the way, say, or a pair of shoes walking by, a thought she had, the sky, something overheard. Her universe is flexible, multi-dimensional, surreal, a constellation of small observations that spill from one medium to the next.

Please visit our web shop. Her work is waiting for you!

6/08/2011

Josje Van Koppen -Driftwood

"The power of nature"


- Josje Van Koppen












Josje van Koppen (1961) is a Dutch illustrator who lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her work: all kinds of illustrations with an redactional and educational content.  Has a great love and respect for the sea.... was shocked by its destructive power.  


Her work is now on Tomodachi Calling.

#2 HORS PISTES TOKYO 2011 - Workshop & Opening Party - Thank you for coming!


It was great fun day and night! Thank you for coming all! Banzai made the masks and Andrea Crews made the dresses with all in the workshop. Those works will be auction by Tomodachi Calling soon! 


Guess, how much people can be creative sincerely and enjoy it? You can see the document shots here!

6/06/2011

Hisham Akira Bharoocha

"Since I grew up in Tokyo I feel emotionally affected by what has happened with the earthquake and tsunami and hope that this contribution will help all the people in need.  I hope this project creates awareness about the destruction of our planet, and the repercussions we must face if we keep moving forward as we have. The planet is not happy with the way we have been treating it, and it is telling us that we must make some major changes or we will only be a brief bleep in the history of the planet.  Please share any information you have on environmental issues so we can have a habitable planet for future generations to come. I am sending love to everyone who was directly affected by this catastrophe and all who have helped by buying products from this site. Your contribution will make a difference in these peoples’ lives. "

- Hisham Akira Bharoocha



Hisham Akira Bharoocha is an visual artist/musician/photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Bharoocha has had solo exhibitions of his work at D'Amelio Terras gallery (New York), Vleeshal (The Netherlands) as well as having been in numerous group exhibitions at galleries such as Deitch Projects, John Connelly Presents, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work has been published in Art Forum, V, i-D, Flaunt, Tokion, Studio Voice and Blend among others. Bharoocha's band Soft Circle released a new album called 'Shore Obsessed' in December 2010 on PPM.  In addition to his work as Soft Circle, Bharoocha is known for his involvement as musical director of the now-legendary 77 BOADRUM performance, a musical composition conceived by Boredoms that involved 77 drummers playing their kits in a spiral formation at Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park on July 7, 2007. Bharoocha was also the musical director for the 88 BOADRUM performances that both took place on August 8, 2008, with 88 drummers performing with Boredoms in Los Angeles and 88 drummers playing with Gang Gang Dance in New York City. Since then, Bharoocha has participated with Boredoms on all BOADRUM performances since 2007 and now performs as a current member of Boredoms and has toured the world with them.  He is also the art director for the sunglasses line Phosphorescence. 


Please visit Tomodachi Calling web shop and buy your favorite. All the profit goes to people in Tohoku via Japan Red Cross. Thank you, all.

6/05/2011

Niky Roehreke



" I was in Tokyo when the earthquake happened. I had just received my artist visa for the US 2 days before the earthquake and therefore I went to NY the week after. Leaving Japan at that time made me feel so so useless and not knowing what I can really do to help, I kept on praying non-stop and created this illustration. Just my drawing alone cannot help, but because of 'tomodachi calling' and many other charity projects, artists like me can help too. I am so grateful for that. Thank you. Praying for Japan."

- Niky Roehreke


Niky is a  japanese/german freelance illustrator from Tokyo who is currently based in New York. Niky likes 'hands', which are a recurring motif in her work. Hands are very honest and human, and are a powerful way to convey a message that can be understood on a global level. Niky's daily routine include drawing, doodling, painting, cutting out pieces of paper and she also uploads one image per day onto her website. Thank you, Niky! Please visit Tomodachi Calling. Her work is now on the shop.

6/03/2011

Goma






















"I joined because I wanted to be able to do something.
I hope that everybody's mood can brighten even just a little,
and that normal days will return as soon as possible."


"私にも出来る事があれば…と思い参加させて頂きました。
皆様の気持ちが少しでも明るくなりますように。
また、そんな日が1日も早く訪れますように…。"


- Goma



Goma is a graphic and an accessory designer, based in Japan.
Her blog is here! (in Japanese): http://blog.hug-and-kiss.com/
Thank you, Goma. Please check her design also on Tomodachi Calling.

janus&jason


"Because some people kept us grounded, when hysteria deluded our brain."

- janus&jason













janus&jason is a fashion label. Driven by their wishful ambition to free women’s mind, they provokes any form of common sense in their projects. Through their enduring chemistry as well as endless struggles, their ideals come into final form shown in their basic humoristic collections of underwear & bikini’s.

Their work is now on Tomodachi Calling.


6/01/2011

Luzian Meier -HOPE

"I hope, that always, no matter what, there will be sunshine abouve the fog."


- Luzian Meier

















"Young graphic-designer from Zurich who hopes for the best to all the people who suffer" 
He introduces himself like that. But wait a minute? I found a really really interesting work on his web site. It's Cookbook, all about the poisonous fish FUGU! I love it as same as this his work. Thank you, Luzian. We haven't met each other but let's go to eating Fugu when you come to Japan next time. -Ai / Tomodachi Calling


You can see the cool binding and his works at here


PS. What? You guys don't know Fugu?  Ok, here you are

HORS PISTES TOKYO 2011 - Workshop & Opening Party





パリのポンピドゥーセンターが2006年より毎年冬に開催しているアバンギャルド・フェスティバル「HORS PISTES(オール・ピスト)」が日本に初めてやってきます。

6月4日(土)代官山のイベントスペースMでは、パリからやってきたクリエイターチームANDREA CREWSと、Tomodachi Callingが推薦する東京発のクリエイターチームBANZAIによるワークショップを開催。American Apparelを素材に、ライブで作品を制作します。さらに当日夜のオープニングパーティでは、音と映像の実験的アートを生み出す 「RDV」が空間を演出。ANDREA CREWSのMaroussiaとAnjiによるファッション・パフォーマンスと、BANZAIによるハプニング・パフォーマンスも行われます。


会期中に制作された作品は、後日Tomodachi Callingを通してオークションで販売され、利益は全て東北大震災の被災地復興のための義援金となります。

Guest of Hors Pistes 2010 in Paris, Andrea Crews proposes, for Hors Pistes Tokyo 2011, to set up a live creation workshop during which American Apparel dead stock of clothes will be transformed into delightful and original Hors Pistes Tokyo Collection with the complicity of Tomodachi Calling and BANZAI (June 4th) as well as an Andrea Crews Casting – Extreme styling! workshop, inviting the audience to dress up and mix some pieces of her collection with American Apparel basics (June 5th). The audience is invited to participate to the creating process with Maroussia, Anji and Yoruko Banzai by customizing American Apparel clothes with painting, felt-tip pens, etc…(4th), and to be a one afternoon model by trying on their favorite clothes (5th).


Tomodachi Calling will auction the best works of this workshop!


ワークショップ/Workshop
Time: June 4th 15:00-19:00
Entry: 無料/Free (どなたでも参加できます/anyone can join!)
Venue: M Event & Space Bar(代官山/Daikanyama, Tokyo)

オープニングパーティ/Opening Party 
Time: June 4th 22:30-5:00
Entry: 1,500yen | with flyer 1,000yen
M Event & Space Bar (代官山/Daikanyama, Tokyo)

ファッション・パフォーマンス/Fashion Performance:
会場のみなさん/All of you in the venue
ANDREA CREWS
BANZAI

インスタレーション・ビジュアル:
RDV Collecif


DJs:
BANZAI
David Dicembre (Combine)
Kiccio (Combine)
Julien Sato (MGKC)

ライブ:
Yasuharu Motomiya
Coppe

協力:
American Apparel
Tomodachi Calling

5/28/2011

Charity Auction -MOONMILK by Ryan McGinley from MÖREL BOOKS

MOONMILK by Ryan McGinley is now on Charity Auction.
Please visit our auction! >> Tomodachi Calling Charity Auction

Book is signed / autographed by Ryan McGinley.
Book is from the first edition by MOREL BOOKS.
First edition was only 1000 copies and sold out immediately.

Book was donated to the charity-project Tomodachi Calling by Aron Morel. All profits from this auction will go directly to Japanese Red Cross.




Description from MOREL BOOKS:
"Ryan McGinley and his crew explored huge underground caves, venturing into unknown territory and seeking out spectacular natural spaces - some previously undocumented.

The title, “Moonmilk”, alludes to the crystalline deposits found on the walls of many caves; it was once believed that this substance was formed by light from celestial bodies passing through rock into darkened worlds below.

The series, a departure from Ryan’s iconic images of the past, firmly places Ryan as one of the most innovative and influential artists of a generation!

Moonmilk has been deemed photobook of the year (2009) by the New York Times Magazine"

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"Mörel Books is a London based independent publisher specialising in affordable limited edition art books and booklets. The books are made in close collaboration with the artist and when we first contacted Aron to help us with our charity project Tomodachi Calling, we were therefore hoping he could maybe promote our cause among the artists he got to know and send us something to print on a T-shirt. Aron instead offered us this amazing book from the first limited print-run of Moonmilk, signed by Ryan McGinley himself.

Ryan McGinley is one of the most influential and sought after photographers of a generation.

Moonmilk was shot in caves over one of his legendary summer trips.

The book is from the first edition limited to 1000 copies which went out of print in a matter of days from its release and both very collectable." 
-Charlotte / Tomodachi Calling

This is a unique opportunity for any art-buyer to bid on a very limited first edition copy of one of the most prolific contemporary artists and do something good at the same time (all profits go to Japanese Red Cross!). 

Please make this auction a success and help our cause! 
Last not least: have fun with bidding ;)

Thank you for your interest.

enamel.






















"enamel." is a design unit based in Tokyo designing various goods such as tableware, bags and fashion. A wide range of very nice products. Their latest collection was inspired on a chocolate. It is so cute! Please check their website.
Thank you enamel. enamel. is now on our shop: Tomodachi Calling

5/22/2011

Marie Min Berthuin -We love Japan

"Japan, we love you! Even if some of us are flyjins or shikanjin or busjin, we all love Tokyo. I am writting these sentences watching the sun rise from the 10th floor of Meguro building, where I was exactly on Friday 11th of March. Sunrise are always beautiful in Japan, and it should stay this way.  Thank you Japan for these 3 years of craziness and for these precious moment. And Domo Arigato 'arigato tomodachi' for helping and giving us the opportunity to help."

- Marie Min Berthuin


We love her self introduction. So just put on here:
"I landed 3 years ago in Tokyo, to end being creative director at Emotion asia. Japan and I it is a love story, passionated one, love & hate, but at the end it is the 3 best years of my life, riding this city. In 40 days I leave Tokyo for Shanghai, new perspectives, but I will miss my people here, this unique culture. Japan I love you, what happened is a tragedy, that only you can handle so peacefully, my admiration for this country has now no limit. "
Thank you so much. Her work is now on Tomodachi Calling.

ro* | Rodja Galli -Stand up, Japan!

"Stand up, Japan!"

-Rodja Galli












Rodja Galli is a visual designer and also an artist in Switzerland. Especially his illustration is brilliant. It's dynamic but somehow clean and clear.  (Please check "RO* AND HIS URBAN MARTYRS" on his web site!) After the earth quake, he drew this work for Tomodachi Calling. Thank you, Ro-chan!

5/20/2011

Cleo Campert -Phoenix Flower I, II and II

"PHOENIX FLOWERS WILL RISE AND MOVE US WITH LOVE FROM CLEO"























Cleo Campert is an artist/photographer of city life and student of philosophy, born and living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her works are now on Tomodachi Calling!

5/18/2011

Yusuke Kagari

"Japan had several turning point in the history such as the Meiji restoraion, the second world war and the earthquake in Tohoku.
Even if it's not a perfect way, I hope Japan revitalize in this 3rd time too."

"明治維新、第二次世界大戦、今回の震災。ヘタクソでもいいから、日本が三度再生して欲しい。"

-Yusuke Kagari






Yusuke Kagari is a bag artist based in Tokyo. His work is known for a white leather bag, painted by a wall putty. In his view, a bag is a portable and personal space.
His work is on Tomodachi Calling now!

Wataru Yoneda


















Wataru Yoneda is a fashion and documentary photographer, living in Tokyo. He understood so quickly what is the porpose of Tomodachi Calling. He told us in the first e-mail, "in this case, in this project, I want to focus on good sales. Let me know your advice."  We were encouraged by his mail. Thank you, Wataru!

Aliya Naumoff







"Japan I love you. You have taught me so much and allowed me to experience your awesome culture. I know you will get back up. The cherry blossoms will grow as you will rebuild and bloom again. x"
-Aliya


Aliya Naumoff is a NYC based photographer. Her work has been published in NYTimes, i-D, Nylon, RollingStone, and many more publications. Aliya's love for animals and humans has led her to create art shows to benefit the ASPCA and her recent show, Show: Love, a benefit for Haiti, one year after the devastating Earthquake. Aliya's gave three of her photo's to Tomodachi Calling.

5/17/2011

Leandro Erlic -Shattering Door


"love & strength for Japan"

-Leandro Erlic























Leandro Erlich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973. Since 1997, he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art biennials. 
Leandro Erlich's installations challenges our idea of reality. As an artist he is interested in how we take reality for granted because we easily assume 'that reality is something that is there, and is a fact and is unchangeable’ Instead he feels ‘that reality is something we are dealt, and the final product of what reality is, is a matter of major construction made by us.’

Leandro gave us a photo of the work “Shattering Door”.  It was shown for first time in 2009 at Luciana Brito gallery in São Paulo, Brazil. We are very happy to have some his work at Tomodachi Calling. Thank you Leanrdo! 

eKIND




"Please no discussion about Patriotism etc. Japan needs and will hold together and rise cleansed like the phoenix. It's promised land if I ever saw one."

-eKIND


eKIND is german who lived in Tokyo and Berlin for a while. Please visit his web site. You can see the OTAKU world. It is actually very cheerful as same as his message. Thank you eKIND!
You can buy his works at Tomodachi Calling now!


Nico Perez -A Flower In The Sky


















"I stand by you"


- Nico Perez




Please visit his web site:A flower in the sky
Our web shop is here: Tomodachi Calling

5/11/2011

stof


























”それぞれの日々を生きましょう”
"let's go through your life each day."

-stof



"stof" is a fashion label based in Japan. The designer, Hiroshi Tanida, says about the concept: "Fashion should be humorous and radiacal. It is good when it is simple and a bit crazy." 

Tomodachi Calling finally starts to sale the T-shirt now. It took a long time but actually I'm exactly feeling like that "It's radical history hour" now!
-Ai Kurahashi

Andrew Jones - The Light Gleams an Instant (Papilio Ulysses)

"Although the red and white of the Hinomaru are most commonly used to represent Japan, blue is also often associated with Japan. Blue can suggest unity, stability and hope. The butterfly is a common motif in traditional Japanese patterns, family crests and other art forms, and is itself a symbol of hope and of new life:a transformation, a journey from darkness into light."

 - Andrew Jones





Andrew Jones is an artist living and working in Tokyo. The original "Papilio Ulysses" is an oil painting. You can see it on his web site : Andrew Jones Art. It's very nice..  
His work is also on Tomodachi Calling now.

Kyotaro - A rabbit to see hope

"pray for Japan..."

- Kyotaro










Kyotaro is an artist from Kyoto and lives in Tokyo. Being inspired from manga and fairy tails, she has been illustrating books and doing psychedelic pictures from an early age on. She is now active in a plethora of fields, such as animation, advertisement, music, manga and art. She exhibited overseas – in NY, SA and Beijing – and domestically.
Her work "A rabbit to see hope" is now on Tomodachi Calling. Thank you, Kyotaro.

Chikara Umihara




















 "Through the course of generations men brought the night into being. In the beginning were blindness and dream and thorns which gash the bare foot and fear of wolves. We shall never know who fashioned the word for the interval of darkness which divides the two half-lights. We shall never know in what century it stood for the starry spaces. Others began the myth. They made night mother of the tranquil Fates who weave all destiny and sacrificed black sheep to her and the rooster which announced her end. The Chaldeans gave her twelve houses; infinite worlds, the Stoic Portico. Latin hexameters molded her, and Pascal’s dread. Luis de León saw in her the homeland of his shivering soul. Now we feel her inexhaustible as an old wine and no one can think of her without vertigo, and time has charged her with eternity.  And to think that night would not exist without those tenuous instruments, the eyes."   Borges

-Chikara Umihara 



Chikara Umihara's photo's often seem to represent transience. Nuanced transience, small cracks, bruisings, delicate situations and lost items that will never return to their place. Fragile life might be; in Chikara's photo's it never scares, only inspirers and enlightens. Glad we have to some of his hope at Tomodachi Calling.

5/09/2011

Robert Crumb - Self Portrait

Robert Crumb, born 1943 in Philadelphia, is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. He became widely known in the 1960ies as an underground-comic-artist and as the creator of such bizarre characters as "Fritz The Cat" and "Mr. Natural". One of his most recent works is a graphical adaption of the "Book of Genesis".

Robert Crumb is without any doubt one of the most important and influential graphic artists of contemporary America and we still can not really believe that he contributed this artwork for our project. We are humbled.



Thank you, Mr Crumb!

Find our more about Robert Crumb at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crumb
Or on his website: http://www.rcrumb.com/ 



PS: Check the mug from both sides! It's über-cool...

5/07/2011

Thibaut Rocher - RedYolk




















Thibaut Rocher is a very unique product designer. He shared an office with Tomodachi Calling members in Tokyo. His workspace was always full of tools to make prototypes! Maybe you can simulate how was the looks at here :TiWiKi DESIGN
Thibaut's "RedYolk" is now on Tomodachi Calling! Thank you, Thibaut!

Noto Fusai

"A terrible nation that continues to release radiation...One of the reasons this happened is that we Japanese have been preoccupied with economic activity and entertainment, while being indifferent to politics and society. We cannot apologize enough to the people of the world for irretrievably polluting the air and sea, which are the irreplaceable wealth of Planet Earth. We must deeply reflect, make ourselves heard, and join together to repair this shattered society.
On the other hand we also have people who lost their homes and families on the 11th of March, who are on the brink of despair. I hope we can help them as companions all sharing the same planet. If you like any of the designs, please click on them and make use of them. Thank you."

 "放射能を流し続けるひどい国。私たち日本人が政治や社会のことに無頓着に、経済活動やエンターテインメントにばかり没頭してきたことの一つの結果がここにあります。地球のかけがえのない財産である空気や海を取り返しのつかない方法で汚してしまって、世界中の皆さんに、お詫びの言葉もありません。わたしたちは深く反省し、声を上げて、力をあわせて、堕落した社会を立て直さなければいけません。でもそのこととはまた別に、3月11日に突如として家や家族を失った人たちが、なす術もなく立ちすくみ絶望の縁に立たされています。同じ地球をシェアする仲間として、助けていただければありがたいです。気に入ったデザインのものがあれば、ポチッとして、そして大事に使ってやってください。ぜひ。"

 - 能登夫妻/Noto Fusai 


Noto-Fusai is a designer duo consisting of the two designers Noto Hirotsugu and Noto Miyo, who lauched the alternative t-shirt brand [ shikisai ] in 2005. Centering on the proposal of new products, they are pursuing the positive possibilities in every side of the contemporary society.  "Noto" is their last name. "Fu" means husband. "Sai" means wife. All together, Noto-Fusai stands for "Mr. and Mrs. Noto".  
You can buy their work at Tomodachi Calling.

5/06/2011

Akwetey

you enlighten me

-Akwetey















Akwetey is a Brooklyn based artist, writer and the bandleader of  Dragons of Zynth. Together with his twin brother Aku, he  took songwriting classes at Amherst and they performed their music at venues around campus. Both eventually moved to New York City and run into TV on the Radio, who, upon hearing one of their demos, brought them into the studio to record more music. Akwetey's work deals with ideas of hope and transcendence through various mediums such his outer space music and paintings. 

5/04/2011

Magda Banach

















Magda Banach is a painter, set and costume designer who is a daughter of Polish post-war immigrants. She born in Buenos Aires and grew up in the Yungas forest of Jujuy. She studied and worked in Poland. Seduced by the puppet theater creates its own "Theatre of Objects". Actually she dedicates to the arts, both visual and performing arts. Currently her collage works are based on the relationship between "cutting and memories" using the technique of Polish tradition of "Wicinanka". For this occasion, has donated the image of her work, mixed media on canvas of the series of "Delimitation".

Please visit Tomodachi Calling! You can find her work on the shop.


Lana Daher






Lana Daher is a visual and graphic artist, living and working in Beirut. In parallel to her print portfolio, she has been exploring visual and aural media specifically in the form of sound fragments, video works and live analog image processing. Thank you, Lana! Her work is now on Tomodachi Calling.

5/01/2011

Okosama Star

Okosama-Star is an Art Director/ Character Designer/ Graphic Designer/Illustrator from Kobe-city, Japan. He began his career as an artist while still a student at Tama University and stepped into the gaming industry in the early 90ies. In 1998, he went on to established Furi Furi Company, a creative design agency, and was its creative director for 10 years. In 2011, he launched OKOSAMA-STAR Inc.

Please check the website: http://okosama-star.com/

Michel Gondry
















"Hi Tokyo? Are you ok? Are you holding up? I love Japan so much it breaks my heart. Hang in there. Lots of love."

- Michel Gondry



Michel Gondry is an Academy Award winning film, commercial and music video director, screenwriter and musician. He is noted for his inventive visual style and depictions of conflicted emotions. According to the Guinness World Records, his Levi's 501 Jeans "Drugstore" spot holds the record for "Most awards won by a TV commercial".

If you want to learn more about Michel's work then please check his website: www.michelgondry.com



We are incredibly happy that Michel Gondry is contributing to our project, it's still unreal for us. Merci beaucoup, Michel!

4/30/2011

MARIOS -Daily Tai-Chi

"アフターダーク" 

"AFTER DARK"


- MARIOS












MARIOS is Italian brand based in Milan. Designed by Mayo Loizou and Leszek Chmielewski. They are making so cool and nice stuff. The material, color, style... when the first time I found MARIOS's clothes at a shop in Tokyo, I thought that "I love Tokyo, what a great city for shopping!" 
- Ai Kurahashi

MARIOS's work is here, Tomodachi Calling now.

Evelin Hoehne

























Evelin Hoehne is an artist from Berlin, Germany. She got widely known in the 90ies for her manga-style portraits and her amazing independent shoegazer-trash-pop-band Minitchêv (that was named after the brand-name of her czech kitchen-machine). Many thanks and greetings to you, Evelin!! Please visit to Tomodachi Calling. Evelin's work is on-line now.

4/29/2011

Laure Stromboni - Today and Tomorrow
























"My heart goes out to Japan. I wanted to create something that reflects my sadness and hope for its people"

- Laure Stromboni



Laure Stromboni is a graphic designer/ illustrator based in London. She is saying about her creation "I am interested to create work that inspires emotions in the viewer". You can find more of her beautiful works on her web site.  Of course her work is also on Tomodachi Calling.


Toni Rebollo -Being


I've always found Japan a fascinating country. As an illustrator, Japanese art has been very important for me and I hope my small contribution can help you. Best wishes to you all.

- Toni Rebollo


Toni Rebollo loves drawing. He has been drawing all his life. So, he is an illustrator now.  Thank you, Toni! How are you doing there in Ibiza? It's nice spring day, here in Tokyo.
This his work is on Tomodachi Calling.

more rock all art -Power


"力"
"Power"

- more rock all art









"more rock all art" is one of the most successful illustrators in Japan. He is so mutli-talented, as if he had a split personality, adapting many different styles of legendary Japanese comic drawers and combining this with his original humor. Check out his brand new web site.
His artwork is also on sale at Tomodachi Calling!

4/28/2011

Vicky Palmer - Scarf Snap






















"I have a huge amount of love for 'J-land', I took the original photograph while I was living in Tokyo a few years back and I think its a beautiful sentiment of subtle love, sharing and taking care of one another... I think of Japan as a truely special place with equally special people who are constantly in my thoughts and prayers." 

-Vic-x


Thank you  for your sweet message and design! 
We are very happy to have beautiful Vicky on Tomodachi Calling webshop! Pleas check her site here: Vicky Palmer