PechaKucha Presentation

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Luis Mendo

Drawer, Luis Mendo Inc. in Tokyo

The Heroes Who Welcomed Me


Luis Mendo spent years trying to relocate to Tokyo, and now, finally, he's here to live. Here he shows off 20 illustrative portraits he put together of those who have assisted him, inspired him, and welcomed him to this wonderful country.

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

"Presentation of the Day" on October 4, 2013.

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Doing Drawings

@ VOL 3 ON OCT 14, 2011

Fede Calandria's work could be described as a combination of art, design, and illustration. He finds inspiration everywhere, and likes to incorporate what he sees in his daily life, interpreting it in his own way. (in Spanish)

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Tokyo Graphic Recorder

@ VOL 101 ON MAR 27, 2013

How's this for a novel way of chronicling an event: Junko Shimizu goes to the event, and records what happened -- in quite a bit of detail -- through her drawings. Her "reports" can be found at Tokyo Graphic Recorder. (in Japanese)

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Learning from Heroes

@ VOL 5 ON AUG 19, 2010

Daniel Semanas explores how his childhood heroes became his main influence while learning how to draw. He explores several questions, including how does the purity of the child's mind influences its drawings, and then shows us how the combination of old and new references helped him design PK São Paulo's poster. (in Portuguese)

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Heroes of Wood, Glass, Steel

@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Keiji Ashizawa is a metalworker with a lot of industrious friends. Keiji shows off some of his amazing work with steel and aluminum, as well as the lighting, wood, and glasswork of those who he works with. He also discusses the structures and furniture he built for those in the tsunami-affected area of Ishinomaki, Japan. (in Japanese)

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

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SuperDeluxe's Hidden Heroes

@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Performance curator at SuperDeluxe Ryu Konno walks us through a list of hidden heroes that he discovered while putting together talented artists and musician for SuperDeluxe. From sleeping performance art to mini orchestras, he showcases all of their unique talents. (in Japanese)

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

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119 Portraits

@ VOL 133 ON FEB 24, 2016

“My birthday in 2014, i started asking all my friends to draw me. I set three simple rules: 1) don’t look at others until you’re done with yours 2) draw me on the spot 3) you can not use erasers”

In 119 Portraits from PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 133rd Volume, Speaker, freelance writer, and sake lover Miho Ota detailed a project from which she had learned a great deal. On her birthday in 2014, Miho had decided to start a portraiture project, asking her artist friends to draw her portrait in a small sketchbook. The rule was simple: draw her on the spot, no erasers, and no looking of others until you finish yours. By her following birthday, Miho had a collection of 119 amazing portraits with countless stories attached to them.

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From Puffin Hunters to Prostitutes – Portraits from the last 15 years

@ VOL 2 ON MAR 31, 2016

Tessa Bunney is an accomplished photographer based in Vientiane, Laos who is fascinated by the intricacies of rural life. For her PechaKucha presentation she shares 20 of her favourite portraits from the last 15 years, during which she has met and photographed a diverse range of people both close to her home in rural North Yorkshire (UK) and around the world.

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Portraits of Secure - Insecure Housing

@ VOL 24 ON JUL 14, 2016

Carol Skinger People fall through the cracks. Everyone here knows someone who did. Either a friend or a family member or someone you encountered yesterday. Most of us find the Tiny House Movement interesting. If you are an architecture or design student it’s a cool problem to solve. One thing folks do not picture when they say “tiny house” is a mobile home or trailer. As an artist I found two parts of my world crossing paths when I started to take commissions to paint what I call secure housing for individuals. It’s a good little niche and I use the proceeds to help support a family member who does not have secure housing (or really secure anything) who lives in a tiny home known as a trailer. While my commissioned house portraits are much loved and they are warm and illustrative, they would not be accepted in a contemporary art show. A few months ago something surprising happened. I submitted my series of small paintings of mobile homes and trailers to a juried art show at 2105 Three Rivers Arts Festival and received an important award from juror Freyda Spira Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at Metropolitan Museum of Art, a “Best of Show”. I felt happy about this obviously, but also happy for my family member whose life inspires me to see the subject area.