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ワールドワイドに活躍中の人気イラストレーター、esther kim(エスター・キム)の描く「ESTHERLOVESYOU」の世界観をたっぷり詰め込んだ一冊が誕生!本誌限定のオリジナルアイテムは、彼女が今回特別に描き下ろしたテキスタイル“Amour Bunny”をデザインした大きなトートバッグ!小さくて可愛い、カルチャー好きのフレンチバニーが描かれた総柄デザインはコーデのアクセントとしてもgood!生地がしっかりとしているので、たくさんの荷物を入れても安心。メインバッグとしても、小さく折りたたんで持ち運べるサブバッグとしても使えるので様々なシーンで活躍します。キュートで使いやすいこのトートバッグに、esther kimがこだわり抜いたブックレットも付いて、スペシャルプライスでお届けします!
 http://store.tkj.jp/shopdetail/000000003219/

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iro-iro solo exhibition at Calm and Punk Gallery

 

 2年前に初めての個展「I'm Pink and Blue for You」を開催した時は、私のバックボーンである韓国、日本、アメリカの国旗の色を使って、自分は誰なのかということを表現しようとしていました。その時は赤、白、青をミックスして自分が表現したいピンクと水色を作り上げていました。自分の中にあるいろいろな国の文化に折り合いをつけること、カラーパレットに制限があることにとても苦しんでいました。ですから、ドローイングにも何か悲しみのようなものが含まれていたように思います。でも、実はそれは新しい自分の始まりだったようです。自分の本当の色と新しい自分を、一度ゼロに戻して、私は創り始めたのです。個展会期終了後には、多くの色を使うことをやめて、限られたカラーパレットを使うようになりました。スケッチブックはすぐに黒とピンクだけで埋まるようになりました。今回の展示について考えるようになると、もう少し他の色も加えるようになりました。紙の切れ端にもドローイングしたり、自分の失敗を上書きしたりするようにもなりました。私自身をどう表現したいのかをもっと楽に考えられるようになりました。今までの色を忘れ、一からやり直し、徐々に、意図的に新しい色を作り出していきました。「いろいろ」という日本語が好きです。この言葉には「様々な」、「異なる」という意味だけではなく「全部」という意味まであるんです。ですから、いろいろあった私の人生が創ってきた色を説明する言葉遊びとしても気に入ってます。私の「全部」を見せるという意味にもなります。自分の色を見つけ出すまでにいろいろなことが起きたので、今回の展示名は「iro-iro」がぴったりだと思いました。

Two years ago when I had my first solo show “I’m pink and blue for you” I was trying my best to express who Iwas through using the colors of the flags of the cultures that a re a part of me: Korea, Japan and the U.S. I usedthe red,white and blue to make my own mix of colors of pink and blue. At that time I felt very weighed down bythe having to combine so many different cultures in my life and limited by this color palette and there was kindof a sadness in my drawings. But actually it was kind of the be ginning of a new me though. It was the start of mefinding my essential colors and starting over to create a new me.After that show I stopped using so many colors and started over with a very limited color palette. I fillesketchbooks with just black and shades of pink. Lately, really recently as I started to think about this show I began to add a few colors. I also let myself draw on scraps of papers and paint over my mistakes. I started to feel more free about how I want to express myself. I think it is because I got rid of all my colors and started over and added new colors slowly and deliberately. I also love Japanese words like iro-iro. It can mean various, d ifferent but also everything! So I love the play on words of talking about the color that I added into my life and also that it can mean everything. So many things happened as I tried to find my colors, so yes, iro-iro is the name of my show.

estherloveschuu season 2!

The first part of season 2 is now available on Chuu!!! The furry slippers are scheduled to drop online 10/18! 

English url- http://en.chuu.co.kr/

Thank you so much for your interest in our collaboration!

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#estherreads: the WAR of ART

I recently reread this book on a trip to Korea so I thought I would write about it for #estherrreads while it was still fresh(ish) in my brain. When I first read the book a couple years ago it really helped me to understand the ways I self-sabotaged myself from just even drawing every day. It forced me to face up to the excuses I made and also gave some insight in how to overcome them.

This time around as I read the book it was more about how to get to the next level. I have been able to work as a professional creative for several years now and am committed to this path but have been afraid to reach for higher goals. Its hard to admit you are afraid to go up but there is a lot of self-doubt that can come along and this time around the parts of the book addressing that fear really struck me. I feel like I need to reread those parts right now but I left the book at my friend's house in Korea(gosh darnit) and am contemplating re-ordering it.

I think often more than skill and ability the mental toughness required to make a creative career is what prevents people from pursing this path. It really helps to read about how to work as creative. There are so many great books out there. For those just beginning it doesn't have to be so mysterious or opaque read as much as you can! I think it will make all the difference. For those going on a couple years it helps to keep from burning out and for moving up to the next stage. There is never an end to the pursuit of knowledge.

#estherreads : How to Create a Portfolio & Get Hired by Fig Taylor

Although I've been working as an illustrator since 2007 I'm always reading books about illustration, design, freelancing, etc. No matter where you are in your career it's so important to keep learning and staying informed.

Often after I read a book like this I wish that I had read it sooner, like ten years ago sooner. This book is so thorough and a pleasure to read! It's not always a given that an expert in their field is going to be a great writer. This book is gorgeous to look at, super informative and well-written

The book covers so many different styles and industries for designers and illustrators.

Fig Taylor is able to speak from the perspective of what a client will want having worked as an artist agent for over twenty years and has so much insight in how to make sense of the marketplace.

Whether you are just out of school or have been working for a long time I think this book will have something for you.

I recommend reading it thoroughly. Don't just choose the parts that apply to you.

So this is definitely staying on my bookshelf as a reference book and a refresher read from time to time.

 

estherloveschuu© first collection 2016

www.chuu.co.kr
en.chuu.co.kr

I'm so excited to be working with CHUU! This is the first collection in a year long collaboration!! The concept for this collection was a California beach bunny babe. The CHUU estherbunnies are wearing sunglasses and posing sassy in heels and jeans. These pieces are perfect to wear all summer long. You can check it out on the website listed above. The collection is available for Korea, Japan, US, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

@estherlovesyou @chuu_official
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ESTHER LOVES CHUU first edition
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입큰X에스더러브스유 콜라보 하울! l 연두콩 YEONDUKONG

 It's so doki doki and fun seeing youtubers review my ipknxestherlovesyou collaboration items. It's my first time watching her videos but she's so cute! しゃべり方かわいい。はまった。

To order the items to the countries outside Korea click here: http://gmkt.kr/euo1U2

日本からもオーダできますよ。こちらまでどうぞう:http://gmkt.kr/euo1U2

ipkn x estherlovesyou

I finally tried the items from my IPKN x estherlovesyou collaboration and I'm super in love! I feel like I'm set for my daily look with these items. It's easy to achieve a sweet innocent look with these items. 

I have to say my favorite item is the founcushion. It provides coverage like no other foundation I have ever used and looks so natural. I'm really impressed.

I genuinely like each of the items and really like how they look all together. 

Its sold online at Gmarket and I'm happy to say it ships international!

http://item2.gmarket.co.kr/English/detailview/item.aspx?goodscode=782456118

 

onnu nail x estherlovesyou

You know those magical moments where you become instant friends with someone? It was like that with ONNU of ONNU NAIL. I was in Seoul for a week so we decided to meet, sight unseen! She fed me ttopoki and asked me to paint my bunny on an expensive denim bag(I was sweating a bit) but she was very calm. I came back a couple days and she did my nails and we talked about collaborating. We had a lot of Kakaotalk chats and phone calls and had a lot of fun coming up with this collection. I hope you all enjoy it, too!



estherlovesyou with imogen wilson!

Please go and check out Imogen Wilson's website. There is a fresh flowing of snaps of glowing Australians and New Zealanders. I think they get more fresh air than us Americans because there is just something magical about the pictures that I can't explain. 

I'm so happy that we were able to collaborate to take some great photos for my beloved bunny basics(my rosebunny and badbunny t-shirts). I also had a chance to play with the photos I love to edit and do layout! Any editors who want to hire me for that purpose please feel free to use me in that way. :-)

Photos by: Imogen Wilson

Model: Gloria Hawkins-Roberts

Make-up: Eve Sorenson

Edit and Layout: esther kim

 

Rosebunny and Badbunny t-shirts available: http://estherlovesyou.bigcartel.com/

"Somebunny Special"

I'm happy to end this year with this lovely collaboration with Ahkah as they are celebrating their twentieth anniversary at Isetan Shinjuku. My bracelet is a part of a limited edition capsule collection of bracelets designed by California artists with the theme of "Starry Heavens".

Here is my artist comment about my piece:

In this bracelet my estherbunny is holding a yellow star. She is safely holding your wish in her hands. The yellow color of the star represents warmth and light. The strings tying the bracelet together are half and half. A combination of red and pink.  For me the pink symbolizes softness and red the strength of women. Although it may look like a simply sweet design I did my best to bring special meaning to each element as a piece of jewelry often becomes a part of us as we wear it everyday. 

Special thanks to Tomo Iwanami, who curated this special collaboration.


 

express myself

It's always good if I don't quite know what I'm doing and just dive in. The mistakes are painful but I find in my art nine times out of ten it's better when I don't know what I'm doing. It's hard for me to make orderly pretty things. I admire those artists and I often psych myself out to try to be like that. But what's more important to me these days is to express personal growth and not be afraid of my work changing.

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wcxestherkim

My collaboration with WC is online and sold in WC stores in Japan. My absolute favorite item is the Estherbunny backpack. Feels like my drawings came to life!

But please do go and check out the other items! They won't be around forever. 

http://gocart.jp/ap/s/s?rows=40&sort=rk+desc%2Cfsdt+desc&kw=WC%2FEsther+Kim

Many people have been asking me on my instagram how they can order if they don't live in Japan. I've heard of third party shopping sites that can order items from Japan for you. 

Disclaimer: I've never used this site before http://www.tenso.com/kr/I'm just linking it to show you what kind of services are available to order from Japan. 

http://www.tenso.com/en/