Date | 8. 2016
Collaborate | edenworks

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON, Flower Artist | Megumi Shinozaki
Photographer | Masaki Ogawa, Movie | Hirohito Fujiyasu

Our aim is to have man-made balloons and natural plants co-exist on the same plane of existence through time and space.
Balloons wither over time while plants grow, and we captured the crossing of their paths on video through a month of filming.

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Date | 8.2015
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Satoshi Minakawa, Make-up | EBARA, Hair | Misaki’s Mother, Model | Misaki

This work represents growth and development. The visuals depict the psychical world (what shines internally vs. externally) and the external world (internal vs. external reality). These are two contrasting worlds that would never cross, but in this work, we aim to fuse them together and create continuity.

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Date | 7.2013
Page | 95-107
Shooting | Berlin, Germany
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON Photography | Jens Boldt, Styling+Coordinator | Yoppy, Hair | Maria Ehrlich, Make-up | Nina Park Production Support | Maya Shibuya, Special Thanks to Oliver Detelich and Yosuke Demu, Movie: Editor | Shigeyuki Yamauchi / Yusuke Kaneko

Imagination | There is an abundance of imagination that lays dormant within adelusion. However, that imagination is nonexistentuntil it takes on a tangible form or symbol. All imagination must pass through a deep tunnel to become reality. The darker the tunnel the imagination is in, the more detail we see when a light shines onto it.

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Date | 4.2013
Page | 79-86
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Namiko Kitaura

Bubbles | Liquids and bubbles which indicate the presence of gas do not have a particular place of belonging. It suggests the temporary nature of phase transition. Bubbles are made up of gas and a membrane that gives it shape, and when that membrane bursts, it returns to nothing. All bubbles vanish at their final destination. Solids and liquids eventually fade away. There is nothing perpetual about their existence, and as they foretell us of their own fate, they give us a glimpse of both illusion and reality.

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Date | 5.2013
Page | 7-13
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Satoshi Minakawa, Hair&Make-up | Masaki Moritani, Production Support | Maya Shibuya Cooperation | Milife : JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation

A Different Nature | In theory, it would be impossible to fuse different substances together even if they were composed of the same basic elements. In the example of water and oil, when they are oppositional by nature, they will neither yield to one another nor blend. However, where different substances cannot merge, an understanding can be reached. To understand the nature and individuality of different beings; to understand history and the meaning of life is to know oneself and have an awareness of our common origins. It is none other than a constructive process of building a future with the things around us.

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Date | 5.2013
Page | 15-19
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON, Collaborate | Katori Maki
Photographer | Satoshi Minakawa, Hair&Make-up | Masaki Moritani, Production Support | Maya Shibuya

Beauty | All living organisms are destined for death the moment they are born. Most flowers begin as a seed, grow petals, wither, bear fruit, then return to seed.In this process, there is a moment in which beauty casts its hue. However, beauty itself cannot be permanently captured in that moment, so why is it that the concept of beauty even exists? What is the meaning contained within this thing we call beauty which eventually decays away? A flower boasting its full bloom is a symbol of beauty, but inside, it carries an inherent ugliness. Take the interpretation of beauty, and when you sway it, it looks as though the swaying motion itself becomes what is beautiful.

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Date | 3.2013
Page | 21-29
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Satoshi Minakawa, Hair&Make-up | Masaki Moritani, Production Support | Maya Shibuya

Genetics | Vital to the fate of an organism is the passing of DNA onto the next generation. The heart seed vine, whose name contains both heart and seed, has an appearance similar to a balloon. It too leaves behind its DNA by sending its seeds far into the distance in their heart shaped pods. Inanimate objects, as we know, do not contain the type of DNA information stored in seeds. However, the Japanese arts and spirit have a supernatural aura and a life force that continue to be inherited like genetics.

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DAISY BALLOON Book vol.1 | “Expressive Balloon”:
Date | 8.2010
Page | Cover, 67-83
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f68a8a5610af0100005f
Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Hiroshi Manaka, Stylist | Koji Oyamada, Hair | Koji Ichikawa , Make-up | EBARA

The various scenes from the story, from the feast to the flowers, are created with balloon art. The technique behind the art is just as important as the story they tell. In this work, we explore the more technical features of balloons so that we can appreciate their rather essential qualities. Balloons come in many forms, from clear to matte and opaque. In this work, we focus on clear balloons to see what can be accomplished through layering. We also transgress the conventional notion of balloons as decorative ornaments by transforming them into products that can be ‘worn’ such as dresses. From this, we give birth to a new relationship between body and balloon.

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DAISY BALLOON Book vol.1 | “The Art of Layering”:
Date | 7.2010
Page | 19-25
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Hiroshi Manaka, Hair | Koji Ichikawa, Make-up | EBARA

When small pieces, as little as one micrometer in size, come together in complex layers, they give birth to a new formation. Like this bear dress, if we break it down into its smallest units, it is made up of small, medium and large bears. These building blocks have the same genetic makeup, that is, the same deoxyribonucleic acid = DNA as its final product. The same concept applies to the dog dress. We drew this inspiration from the way living organisms are created in nature. From a different perspective, this book is a collaborative effort between photographer and head stylist, each with their own unique styles = a harmonious layering of creativity. As if a piece of pop art were eroding and exposing a layer of mod.

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DAISY BALLOON Book vol.1 | “Expressive Balloon”:
Date | 1.2010
Page | 8-17
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f68a8a5610af0100005f

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Hiroshi Manaka, Photo Retouch | Yoshiaki Sakurai, Hair&Make-up | Rie Suda

Flowing. Airy. Fluttering. These are the 3 movements that inspired our work and it is through our work that we push the boundaries of balloon art. In the world of possibilities, we get back to the basics and ask, what exactly is a balloon dress, is it wearable? We take the dress apart into its basic pieces and liberate ourselves from our preconceived notions of balloons. Our quest is not only to create new forms, but to explore the properties of balloons, from color and radiance to texture and durability. We created this book not to tell a story, but to serve as a manual to reveal the possibilities of balloon art.

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