Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam is a celebrated Japanese artist who’s most famous for using crochet and kitting in her work. In the 1990s, she was unveiling one of her larger crochet pieces at a museum when two children asked if they could play on it. This gave her the idea to create gorgeous crochet playgrounds all over Japan, photos of which have only been available online in the past week or so. We think this is an amazing, exciting project to bring art — and fun! — to kids of all ages!
Between photography and street photography, this series documents the identity of the average Japanese male office worker, called salaryman. As a person who never worked in an office I try to show the mystery and poetry hidden in the supposedly boring corporate world.
In Japan, like in my native France, portrait rights have a dissuasive effect on the production of street photography, making publications of candid photography legally risky. But not revealing the subjects’ identities, the Salaryman Project tries to address this issue.
A few reasons we LOVE the work of Helena Garcia: she makes designs and paintings consisting of whimsical characters, her inspirations come primarily from Japanese aesthetics, 60’s cartoons and vintage design, and she enjoys eating desserts and napping with her chihuahua Kiko. OK, so maybe I feel a kindred spirit in her, but her work is undeniably that of an accomplished artist with a knack for creating inspirational, uplifting pieces that appeal to both children and adults. Some of her clients include The Girl Scouts of America, BUST Magazine and The UTNE Reader- another list that is a thrill to my soul while speaking volumes about the quality of her work. Here is what Helena had to say about some of her pieces: