Traditional and modern kokeshi on display

Past Exhibition

Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy

Custom Kokeshi 2009

A reprise of Christina Conway’s 2007 custom show in San Diego, Custom Kokeshi 2009 feature custom painted kokeshi by over 100 international artists and designers.

 

Custom Kokeshi 2009 Artists

Adolie Day | Aline Yamada | Allison Sommers | Amy Huddleston | Amy Paul | Amy Ruppel | Amy Sol | Ande Cook | Andrea Innocent (Innocentgirl) | Annie Wilkinson | APAK | Bailey Saliwanchik | Betsy Walton | Brigitte Coovert | Bubi Au Yeung | Caia Koopman | Calef Brown | Camilla D’errico | Camilla Engman | Catherine Brooks | Cathie Bleck | Celëne | Christina Conway | Chun Eun Il | CJ Metzger | Dacosta! | Dan May | Danamarie Hosler | Edwin Ushiro | egg scissors | Eliza Frye | Eveline Tarunadjaja | Ferris Plock | Florence Pacho | Gustavo Aimar | Harmony Gong | Hine Mizushima | Jacqueline Myers-Cho | Jaime Zollars | Jason Limon | Jen Lobo | Jeni Yang | Jenn Playford | Jenn Porreca | Jennifer Davis | Jeremiah Ketner | Jody Hewgill | Joel Nakamura | Johnny Yanok | Julie West | Kathleen Lolley | Kelly Tunstall | Kelly Vivanco | Ken Garduno | Kent Williams | Kozyndan | Kris Chau | Krista Huot | Kristin Elder-Kwan | Kukula | Laura Laine | Lilly Piri  | Liza Corbett | Lorena Alvarez | Lou Pimentel | Macoe | Mar Hernández (Malota) | Marcos Chin | Mari Inukai | Meredith Dittmar | Michelle White | Mike Rivamonte | Miss Mindy | N.C. Winters | Nassyrova Dilka | Noferin (Nicho & Candy) | Paola Zakimi | PCP (Heisuke Kitazawa) | Pietari Posti | Pilar Berrio | Poketo x Busc | Raquel Aparicio | Red Nose Studio | Samuel Ribeyron | Sandi Calistro | Sandra Equihua | Sandra Wang/Crockett Bodelson | Sayaka | Stella Im Hultberg | Sterling Hundley | Stuntkid | Sun-Min Kim | Tado (Mike & Katie) | Tara McPherson | Tessar Lo | Toshiyuki Fukuda | Travis Louie | Yellana James | Yoskay Yamamoto

Custom kokeshi by Adolie Day

Butterfly’s Mum

Adolie Day

France

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Aline Yamada

Mia’s Garden

Aline Yamada

US

Gouache, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Allison Sommers

A Minister of Good Taste

Allison Sommers

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Amy Huddleston

Cecilia

Amy Huddleston

US

Casein and wax, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Amy Paul

Autumn Drift

Amy Paul

US

Acrylic/Resin, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Amy Ruppel

Beloved

Amy Ruppel

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Amy Sol

Plumerie

Amy Sol

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Ande Cook

Madame Butterfly

Ande Cook

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Andrea Innocent

Little Matcha Girl

Andrea Innocent (aka Innocent Girl)

Australia

Acrylic and Sculpey, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Annie Wilkinson

Kokeshi

Annie Wilkinson

Canada

8"H.

Custom kokeshi by APAK

Custom kokeshi by APAK

Forest Friend (Green)

Forest Friend (Orange)

APAK

US

Paper and wood, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Bailey Saliwanchik

Mimi

Bailey Saliwanchik

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Betsy Walton

Dolly

Betsy Walton

US

Acrylic and gouache, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Brigitte Coovert

Zombuki Spirit

Brigitte Coovert

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Bubi An Yeung

Snowy—A Creature Live in Snowland

Bubi Au Yeung

Hong Kong

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by CJ Metzger

Don’t Worry, I’ll Protect You

C.J. Metzger

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Caia Koopman

Kokeshi

Caia Koopman

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Calef Brown

Kokeshi #2

Calef Brown

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Camilla d'Errico

RayRaychan

Camilla d’Errico

Canada

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Camila Engman

Paper Folklore Kokeshi

Camilla Engman

Sweden

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Catherine Brooks

Isobel and the Pearl Forest

Catherine Brooks

US

Wood, Sculpey, Rustoleum, and oil paint, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Cathie Bleck

Dreams in Nature

Cathie Bleck

US

Kaolin clay/inks with acrylic varnish, 8"H.

Custom kokesh by Celene

Mosura

Celëne

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Chrsitina Conway

Mix & Match, Collect & Play Kokeshi

Christina Conway

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Chun Eun Sil

Untitled

Chun Eun Sil

Korea

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Dacosta

DCTOumushizu

Dacosta!

Canada

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Dan May

In the Tall Grass

Dan May

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Dana Marie Hosler

BlueBearrow

Danamarie Hosler

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Edwin Ushiro

IAO School 1990 Class Photo

Edwin Ushiro

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by egg scissors

Drive-Thru Kokeshi

egg scissors

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Eliza Frye

Hebiko

Eliza Frye

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Kokeshi by Eveline Tarunadjaja

Ako

Eveline Tarunadjaja

Australia

Acrylic/gouache, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Ferris Plock

Frost

Ferris Plock

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Florence Pacho

Bucktoothed Girl From Luxembourg

Florence Pacho

US

Oil and mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Gustavo Aimar

Untitled

Gustavo Aimar

Argentina

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Harmony Gong

Janus: Goddess of the Portal to Beginnings and Endings

Harmony Gong

US

Pencil/acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Hine Muzushima

The Kyoto Ectoplasm Girl

Hine Mizushima

Canada

Felt and mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jacqueline Myers-Cho

Windy

Jacqueline Myers-Cho

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jamie Zollars

Miss Spring

Jaime Zollars

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jason Limon

Melancholy

Jason Limon

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jen Lobo

The Silky Anteater

Jen Lobo

US

Oil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jeni Yang

Mint

Jeni Yang

US

Clay, cel-vinyl, and acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jenn Playford

Mariette

Jenn Playford

Canada

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jenn Porreca

Forever Will Not Wait

Jenn Porreca

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jennifer Davis

Fancy Cat

Jennifer Davis

US

Acrylic and graphite, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jeremiah Ketner

Serene Moment

Jeremiah Ketner

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Jody Hewgill

Floria

Jody Hewgill

Canada

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Joel Nakamura

Ultraman

Joel Nakamura

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Johnny Yanok

Owl Nest

Johnny Yanok

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Julie West

Carrot

Julie West

US

Gouache, acrylic, and ink, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kathleen Lolley

Garden Spirit

Kathleen Lolley

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kelly Tunstall

Tangerine

Kelly Tunstall

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kelly Vivanco

Rabbits Foot Luck

Kelly Vivanco

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kelly Vivanco - Spyglass

Spyglass

Kelly Vivanco

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Ken Garduno

Waiting

Ken Garduno

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kent Williams

Kokeshisena

Kent Williams

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by kozyndan

Kozy Kappa

kozyndan

US

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kris Chau

Naked

Kris Chau

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Krista Huot

Forest Vestal

Krista Huot

Canada

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kristin Elder Kwan

Gato Amarillo

Kristin Elder-Kwan

US

Oil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Kukula

Marisa and Philip

Kukula

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Laura Laine

Untitled

Laura Laine

Finland

Acrylic and pencil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Lily Piri

Little Cuscus

Lilly Piri

Germany

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Liz Corbett

Mme. Tallien

Liza Corbett

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Lorena Alvarez

The Forest

Lorena Alvarez

Colombia

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Lou Pimentel

Yori

Lou Pimentel

US

Oil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Macoe

Pistol Pete

Macoe

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Malota

Mizuki

Mar Hernández aka Malota

Spain

Acrylic and handmade crochet, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Marcos Chin

Untitled

Marcos Chin

US

Ink, watercolor, and resin, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Mari Inukai

Rengesyomasena

Mari Inukai

US

Oil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Meredith Dittmar

Duality

Meredith Dittmar

US

Polymer clay and mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Michelle White

Perch

Michelle White

US

Graphite, acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Mike Rivamonte - Hoshi

Hoshi (Star) 

Mike Rivamonte

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Mike Rivamonte - Etsu

Etsu (Delight)

Mike Rivamonte

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Mike Rivamonte - Kichi

Kichi (Lucky)

Mike Rivamonte

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Miss Mindy

The Protector of the Bunnies

Miss Mindy

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by N.C. Winters

Omniscience

N.C. Winters

Acrylic and resin, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Nassyrova Dilka

Mika

Nassyrova Dilka

Italy

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Noferin

Noferin Custom Kokeshi Doll

Noferin (Nicho & Candy)

Australia

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Paola Zakimi

Kokeshi Lotus

Paola Zakimi

Argentina

Paper mache, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by PCP

5-5-4 (ko-ke-shi)

PCP (Heisuke Kitazawa)

Japan

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Pietari Posti

Sparrows

Pietari Posti

Spain

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Pilar Berrio

Swine Queen

Pilar Berrio

Colombia

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokesi by Poketo and Busc

Sebastien & Chloe

Poketo x Busc

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Raquel Aparicio

Medusas

Raquel Aparicio

Spain

Ink and Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Red Nose Studio

Pin

Red Nose Studio

US

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sandra Wang Crockett Bodelson

The Tour Starts Here

Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Samuel Ribeyron

My Wood

Samuel Ribeyron

France

Mixed Media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sandi Calistro

Untitled

Sandi Calistro

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sandra Equihua

Radiating Sun Man

Sandra Equihua

US

Wood, Cork, and Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sayaka

Beer Girl

Sayaka

Japan

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Stella Hultberg

Alone in the Dark

Stella Im Hultberg

US

Oil, Acrylic, and graphite, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sterline Hundley

The Good Steward

Sterling Hundley

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Stuntkid

Madame Mothera

Stuntkid (Jason Levesque) 

US

Oil, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sun Min Kim

Ugly Forest

Sun-Min Kim

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Sun Min Kim

Uglyworm

Sun-Min Kim 

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Tado

Happy Fuzzle

Tado (Mike & Katie)

UK

Hand carved oak, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Tara McPhereson

Mr. Wiggles

Tara McPherson 

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Tessar Lo

On Her Own

Tessar Lo

Canada

Mixed media, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Toshiyuki Fukuda

Untitled

Toshiyuki Fukuda

Japan

Mixed media, 8"H

Custom kokeshi by Travis Louie

Kokeshi Bill

Travis Louie 

US

Acrylic, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Yellena James

Eva

Yellena James 

US

Acrylic and ink, 8"H.

Custom kokeshi by Yoksay Yamamoto

My Home

Yoskay Yamamoto

Colombia

Mixed media, 8"H.

 

Custom Kokeshi 2009

July 11 - October 04, 2009

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Custom Kokeshi 2009

Take a fresh look at the traditional and iconic Japanese kokeshi folk toy by exploring its origins and history, as well as what contemporary artists are producing in homage to this humble object. A special display of custom painted kokeshi is also featured—and available for sale at the Museum Store—by over 100 well-known international contemporary artists. 

 

This exhibition presented in collaboration with:

   LADTA sponsor logo

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Daruma Asset Management, UCLA Paul I. & Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, and Aratani Foundation.

Media Sponsors: 

   KSCI sponsor logo  Rafu Shimpo sponsor logo

Reception Sponsors:

  Hakatsuru sponsor logo  Kirin sponsor logo

Custom Kokeshi 2009

July 11 - October 04, 2009

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Custom Kokeshi 2009

Take a fresh look at the traditional and iconic Japanese kokeshi folk toy by exploring its origins and history, as well as what contemporary artists are producing in homage to this humble object. A special display of custom painted kokeshi is also featured—and available for sale at the Museum Store—by over 100 well-known international contemporary artists. 

 

This exhibition presented in collaboration with:

   LADTA sponsor logo

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Daruma Asset Management, UCLA Paul I. & Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, and Aratani Foundation.

Media Sponsors: 

   KSCI sponsor logo  Rafu Shimpo sponsor logo

Reception Sponsors:

  Hakatsuru sponsor logo  Kirin sponsor logo

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