May 152010
 

Having covered the art of the Design Festa vol.31 in my previous post, I present you here a collection of photos of the people I saw at this art event. As with the previous shots it is a random collection of exhibitors, performers and visitors — don’t ask me for details…

I love the bustling creative chaos of the Design Festa. Many people grab the chance to dress up themselves. Stall owners present themselves as their alter egos or creative inventions, trying to impress the visitors so that they may stop and take a look at their artworks and merchandise. Others are performers or cosplayers, just dressed up for the hell of it. So in many ways it is very Japanese — a restrained outlet for one’s individuality and passions in a controlled and acceptable environment.

A Korean illustrator dressed up as the main character of his artworks - some kind of boxy bird.
A Korean illustrator dressed up as the main character of his artworks - some kind of boxy bird.
Two people - one with a tiger suit - promote their booth by walking around.
Two people - one with a tiger suit - promote their booth by walking around.
I think this person in a schoolgirl's uniform with an oversized red bunny head is not only presenting the pictured paintings, but also a band called "Amanda".
I think this person in a schoolgirl's uniform with an oversized red bunny head is not only presenting the pictured paintings, but also a band called "Amanda".
This booth caters to "reenactors" - selling doll masks to male cosplayers who dress up as female manga characters.
This booth caters to "reenactors" - selling doll masks to male cosplayers who dress up as female manga characters.
Some nice paintings of weird situations and the girl who created them.
Some nice paintings of weird situations and the girl who created them.
An old Japanese guy dressed in a dark-blue sailor suit who just walked around on the Design Festa event, getting lots of attention and loving every minute of it.
An old Japanese guy dressed in a dark-blue sailor suit who just walked around on the Design Festa event, getting lots of attention and loving every minute of it.
In contrast to the previous picture here is a real Japanese schoolgirl artist: Akayuki-hime (赤雪姫).⁽¹⁾
In contrast to the previous picture here is a real Japanese schoolgirl artist: Akayuki-hime (赤雪姫).⁽¹⁾
The Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll performs at the Design Festa live stage.⁽²⁾
The Japanese cyberpunk industrial band Psydoll performs at the Design Festa live stage.⁽²⁾
The beer chicks at the Bar Cherry next to the outdoor stage selling alcoholic refreshments.
The beer chicks at the Bar Cherry next to the outdoor stage selling alcoholic refreshments.
This Japanese guy dressed in a gray jumpsuit and a balaclava was walking around beating a drum and promoting some booth number.
This Japanese guy dressed in a gray jumpsuit and a balaclava was walking around beating a drum and promoting some booth number.
A female cosplayer with a purple wig in her booth selling photos of herself modeling.
A female cosplayer with a purple wig in her booth selling photos of herself modeling.
Three Japanese performers dressed up as some weird kind of Indians.
Three Japanese performers dressed up as some weird kind of Indians.
A group of Japanese "Alice in Wonderland" cosplayers.
A group of Japanese "Alice in Wonderland" cosplayers.
Japanese fetish model Moira Gabriel Coco with her naughty schoolgirl and rubber ducky shtik.⁽³⁾
Japanese fetish model Moira Gabriel Coco with her naughty schoolgirl and rubber ducky shtik.⁽³⁾
No, I have no idea what this is supposed to be...
No, I have no idea what this is supposed to be...
A paper artist wearing two of his creations - a demon mask and a dragon hand puppet.
A paper artist wearing two of his creations - a demon mask and a dragon hand puppet.
Covered in stickers of shoes, I think this guy is promoting a shoe seller.
Covered in stickers of shoes, I think this guy is promoting a shoe seller.
The amazing woodblock printmaker David Bull shows his lasted piece of art.⁽⁴⁾
The amazing woodblock printmaker David Bull shows his lasted piece of art.⁽⁴⁾

 

¹ http://akayuki-hime.com
² http://www.psydoll.com/index_en.html
³ http://www.myspace.com/moira_chan
http://woodblock.com

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