Futakotamagawa Biennale 2012:
Date | 10.6 (Sat) – 7 (Sun) . 2012
Time | 10:00-20:00
Venue | TAMAGAWA TAKASHIMAYA S・C
Address | 3-17-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. 158-8701

DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Exuviation”:
Date | 5.2012
Page | 39-41
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Production | Atsushi Umezawa, Photographer | Satoshi Minakawa, Styling | Kumiko Iijima, Hair&Make-up | Noboru Tomizawa, Model | Ninon Webb

Exuviation | In our eyes, there are no two moments that are identical. We are forced to grow without being able to reflect back in satisfaction. However, there is a beauty in that very moment. When our soul can no longer be contained within our body, it goes on a quest in search of a new vessel. The empty shell left behind is proof that we lived. We struggle in this brief moment we call life, but there is something to be treasured in that.

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Date | 3.28 (Wed) – 4.17 (Tue) . 2012
Time | 10:00-20:00
Venue | TAKASHIMAYA OSAKA
Address | 5-1-5 Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka. 542-8510

DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Rinten”:
Date | 4.2013
Page | 31-36
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f7a53e7a4a1013000053

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Curator | Daisuke Nagamori, Copy writer | Akihiro Maede, Producer | Naohito Miyagi
Photographer | Hiroshi Manaka, Photo Retouch | Yoshiaki Sakurai, Hair | Koji Ichikawa, Make-up | Ken Nakano, Stylist | Koji Oyamada,
Movie : Edit : Hiroshi Ouchi, Sound | Leo Sato

Rinten | When the human realm and the spiritual natural world come to understand one another, something beautiful is created.The subliminal beauty we see in the spiritual and natural realms appears in front of our eyes as a temporary encounter.Nature is at times harsh and at times forgiving. It teaches us fear and forgiveness. It makes us conscious of life and death. The raw nature of life and death are obscured by massive devices in modern society and we are distanced from it. However, as nature tells its story, death is the beginning of life and life is the beginning of death; constant loop that spins in the periphery of our lives. Life and death are reversible and has no good or evil. When life starts to vanish, death shines a new light.

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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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Date | 10.28 (Thu) – 11.7 (Sun) . 2010
Time | 10:00-20:00
Venue | GYRE
Address | 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo. 150-0001

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Space Composer | Junji Tanigawa, Sound Space Composer | Hiroaki Ide, Photography | Kenichi Yamaguchi

GYRE (Omotesando Shibuya Tokyo) celebrated its 3rd anniversary by decking its interior with a massive fusion of balloon art and music called Sound Generate Installation: Voice of Universe. 3 sound stations were installed, uniquely designed to stimulate the visitors’ audio and visual senses.

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DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Balloon War”:
Date | 4.2010
Page | 59-65
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan
Order form | https://daisyballoone.stores.jp/items/5301f68a8a5610af0100005f

Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Tomohiko Tagawa, Styling | Hideo Tamura, Hair | Moriya K-suke, Make-up | Rika Tanaka

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

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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.2 | “The Girl Who Fluttered Down”:
Date | 4.2010
Page | 47-57
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan

Cover:
Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
photography : Takuo Itayama

“The Girl Who Fluttered Down”:
Balloon | DAISY BALLOON
Photographer | Shoji Uchida, Styling | Miki Aizawa, Hair&make-up | Hirokazu Niwa, Photo Retouch | Makoto Harikae

Our artwork is featured on the cover of RICH magazine / issue 01: Music Saves Our Lives, which launched in April 2010. The balloons that make the word RICH show off the various properties of balloons, from its roundness to its elasticity and tension. The work on the inside pages are inspired by the theme of Live=Sound.When a balloon bursts, it produces an explosive bang and when they rub against each other, the sound makes us feel uneasy. We wanted to highlight the silent tranquility that occurs right before the moment of catastrophe and have the girl flutter down where the two moments meet.

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Date | 2.24 (Wed) – 3.14 (Sun) . 2010
Time | 10:00-20:00
Venue | Harbor City (Hong Kong)
Address | 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

DAISY BALLOON Book vol.2 | “Light, Shadow and Balloons”:
Date | 1.2010
Page | 27-45
Shooting | Tokyo, Japan

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

We exhibited 14 works at the “Chocolate A-Z Exhibition”held at Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall. The entire exhibit spanned a 70-meter stretch of walkway. This exhibition was curated by Hong Kong creative studio, AllRightsReserved, and featured chocolate in all its glory through the A-Z of chocolate-focused artwork and products. 35 artists and designers created works for this exhibit. Knowing this event would draw well-known artists, we wanted to shine a massive light toward the hidden talent within Japan and show off the shadows it casted. In this stagnant Japanese economy, innovation is critical, but at the same time, we need to put the spotlight on things that are still in the dark. This should be Japan’s next step. When you look into a bright flashlight, you see a shadow the moment you close your eyes. In a similar way, we hope our vivid colors and dynamic visuals have seared a lasting impression into the minds of the viewers who traversed the walkway and that they will remember that it represents Japan’s path toward progress.

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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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