Seems already pretty cold in Kobe Harborland.
Almost an annual tradition by now:-)
German calendar publisher Dumont Verlag translated my before latest book into a most colourful calendar.
In covid-year 2020, I invested time and effort in creating illustrations which served as the blue print for the 3D Christmas decoration of the prestigeous French shopping malls Galeries Lafayette with the Paris based Boulevard Haussmann establishment as the master piece.
The magic result was created through a combination of illustrations being shown in 2D and characters, objects and typography interpreted in 3D by a sculpture team.
For Christmas 2020, the Galeries Lafayette paid tribute to Jules Védrines, the aviator who in 1919 succeeded in landing his small airplane on the roof of the building. Quite an accomplishment! The story told through the 12 giant shop windows is that of Céleste, a child explorer on her way to discover the world and its creatures.
It was a lovely project, working on which helped to distract my attention from the covid- and other madness in the world.
Shopping bags were one of the derivates.
Some of the painted main characters.
The 3D interpretation of Céleste, the main character.
During Advent, luxury brands showcased their products through the different windows appearing in the suitcase.
One of the 12 main illustrations.
From painting to 3D
The final result of one of the windows
Another main illustrations.
Another window result
Interpretation of the Christmas tree painting.
... and its interpretation
... its mock-up...
... and its final interpretation
Seasonal greetings as well from Umie, Kobe, Japan!
As you may know 'Umie' means 'to the sea' or 'at the seaside' in Japanese.
I truly intended to keep this mirror image clear & clean as a Saul Steinberg variation.
Japanese events happen in an even weirder order than usual in this Corona year.
I knew commercial Christmas comes before Winter, but now Winter sales start sooner than Winter itself!
Better hurry to get yourself a decent Winter coat:-)
I illustrated these charitable postcards in Dutch & French at the occasion.
For each card sent - for free! - 1€ goes to straatverplegers/infirmiersderue.
Voor kaartjes: klik hier. Pour obtenir ces cartes: par ici (action until dec 17))
Some interseasonal communication from Kobe, Japan.