Sneak Preview “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty” at JANM

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Sanrio and the Japanese National Museum (JANM) celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary by exploring her colorful history and influence on art and culture in the first-ever exhibition of its kind. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty combines a retrospective product-based, historical and sociological examination of the Hello Kitty phenomenon with an art exhibition emphasizing her influence on contemporary art.

Kristin Tercek

Kristin Tercek

Opening October 11 and on view through April 26, 2015, Hello! will explore the evolution of Hello Kitty through a display of rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives. Also, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions will be offered during the run of the exhibition. Visit www.janm.org/exhibits/hellokitty to learn more!

Martin Hsu

Martin Hsu

Hello! is curated by Christine Yano, PhD, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of the Los Angeles pop culture boutique JapanLA. Contributing artists include Kozyndan, Audrey Kawasaki, Gary Baseman, Junko Mizuno, Paul Frank, and many more. See all 40 artists here. All art inquiries: please email hellokittyart@japanla.com.

Brandi Milne

Brandi Milne

Tickets for October 11–December 31, 2014 are on sale now. Tickets for Hello! in 2015 will be available starting November 24, 2014.

NYCC 2014 Exclusive – Custom Bear Buns by Andrea Kang

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How amazingly adorable are these Bear Buns?!? Yes, even the name is supahcute! If you are attending New York Comic Con, you NEED to find myplasticheart at booth #113.

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We are super happy to work with artist Andrea Kang on a new series of customs especially for NYCC! Dubbed Bear Buns, Andrea takes the popular Pocket Pork Dumpling platform by Shawnimals and give it her personal touch, creating a group of delectable looking bears full of personality… they are almost good enough to eat! Each Bear Bun is a unique one-of-a-kind design hand painted by Andrea. Come by the myplasticheart booth #113 throughout New York Comic Con and pick one up for $65 each before they’re all gone!

Here is the signing schedule for myplasticheart’s booth. Andrea will be there on Saturday, October 11 at 3pm!!

FRIDAY 10/10
1PM – 2PM Dave Bondi
2PM – 3PM Jeremiah Ketner & J*RYU
3PM – 4PM Lou Pimentel
4PM – 5PM Patricio Oliver
5PM – 6PM MAD

SATURDAY 10/11
1PM – 2PM Brent Nolasco
2PM – 3PM Andrew Bell
3PM – 4PM Andrea Kang & Kelly Denato
4PM – 5PM kaNO

SUNDAY 10/12
1PM – 2PM Travis Cain

“The Brave Ones” Group Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery

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On Friday, October 10, Flower Pepper Gallery presents The Brave Ones, a collection of works focusing on the relationship between humans and the companion animals held dear to our hearts. 10% of the proceeds from The Brave Ones will be donated to Downtown Dog Rescue.

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This exhibition opens Friday, October 10th with a reception from 6-10 pm. The show will be on view through November 5.

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Artists include: Acey Thompson, Corrie Gregory, David Chung, David Natale, Denae Wilkowski, Desiree Fessler, Erich J. Moffitt, Graham Curran, Heather Gross, Jaclyn Alderete, Jaesun Kim, Jeff Pierson, Jel Ena, Jeong Woo-jae, Jon Lau, Jonathan Martinez, Julianna Swaney, Junyi Wu, Kareena Zerefos, Keith Dugas, Kisung Koh, Leonardo Villasenor, Mab Graves, Marcus Gannuscio, Mariam Keurjikian, Marissa Kathleen Quinn, Mike Reynolds, Mimi Yoon, Nathan Anderson, Neil M. Perry, Nicole Bruckman, Olga Ponomarenko, Paul Barnes, Raymond Sanchez, Robert Bowen, Robert Yancy, Roland Tamayo, Ruel Pascual, Shanghee Shin, So Youn Lee, Tory Lin, Valerie Pobjoy, Vanessa Foley, Yejin Oh, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, and more…

For purchase inquiries, or to request a VIP preview please email contact@flower-pepper.com.

Flat Bonnie for “The World is Watching” at Giant Robot

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This weekend “The World is Watching” – an Exhibition of Work by Dan Goodsell, Flat Bonnie, Joey Chou, Kwanchai Moriya, Ryuca, and Tiffany Liu – opened at Giant Robot. Our friends at Flat Bonnie created 20 new pieces for this show. Many are one-of-a-kind, and all are made with animal friendly vinyl pleather, faux fur, or fleece.

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Check out all of the amazing pieces at Giant Robot through October 24.

Goodbye and Thank You Crazylabel!

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This morning I was sad to read this announcement from Crazylabel:

Today marks the 9th anniversary of Crazylabel and we are officially closed for business. I started Crazylabel in 2005 with a simple idea – it is intended to be a platform where designers can express their craziest ideas. I’m very lucky to be able to work with some of the most talented people for some crazy ideas, and over the years many fans became my friends too.
I’d like to thank everyone that has supported us by buying our toys, and of course all the creative people that we have worked together. Crazylabel is not just a brand, it is all about the community.
In Chinese 9 is a lucky number, and is a homophone of the word for “long lasting”. I’m not leaving the toy world, and I’m here to stay. For many of you, I believe we will cross path soon. Here’s to the next Crazy project.
Our web site (www.crazylabel.com), online store (shop.crazylabel.com), Facebook page (facebook.com/crazylabel) and Twitter account (@crazylabel) will be closed soon. Please follow my personal Twitter account (@_wooandy) if you want to connect.
Take care!

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Best Regards,
Andy
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Treeson will always be one of my favorite toys of all time and I cherish each piece in my modest collection. I’m glad to know that Andy is not leaving the toy world, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. Goodbye Crazylabel! We’ll miss you but you’ll always be in our hearts.

Sneak Peek! The Stoop Art Corner at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

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The Stoop is taking over the art corner at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock from October 4 through November 9. Featuring the creative minds of Vanessa Ramirez, Orbital Ox, and Moemoe + Goreilla, the art corner features original sculptures, paintings, handmade clutches, and more!

The “cash & carry” show begins Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 am. The show will be available at Leanna Lin’s online shop on Sunday, October 5. For any inquiries, email hello@LeannaLinsWonderland.com. UPDATE: The show is now available online.

The Stoop Art Corner Opens Saturday, October 4!

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Meet Ferris. He likes coffee and and pretty much that’s it. Don’t even think about sitting in his stool. He is 1 of 3 new monsters that Vanessa Ramirez created for The Stoop Art Corner at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland.

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If you prefer tea over coffee, start your morning with a nice cup of Puggycorn Tea. Orbital Ox has created 6 new fantastical paintings for The Stoop Art Corner, and you can see all of them on October 4.

The Stoop Art Corner runs through November 9, and the entire show is cash & carry. Any pieces not sold on October 4 will be available online the following day.