Who is Yayoi Kusama?

I remember about 3 years back Ash & I went into London for a day with friends and had a lovely lunch at the top of Harvey Nichols for my birthday. It was mid-October but the sun was shining and we sat on the roof top terrace drinking wine and eating lovely food and giggling a lot.  Afterwards we all went window shopping …yes lunch was all we could afford but it was worth it.   Whilst browsing we stopped at Selfridge’s and saw this brilliant fun & colourful Louis Vuitton display – it was very organic & modern yet consisted of what looked like Octopus tentacles coming through the floor of a window display box.  The display box and the Octopus tentacles were all in red & white polka dots.  I was beside myself with excitement.  Here was a brand new take on the old polka dot pattern – bringing it into the 21st Century with such force.  I didn’t know anything about the origins of the design but the following week we worked on creating our own polka dot in the Louis Vuitton style.  A month or so later we released our bubble polka dot collection in red/white and black/white combinations.  They didn’t sell well at all! Moral of the story, don’t make business decisions when you’ve had wine! :0)

However, the more interesting story is about Yayoi Kusama who is the visionary behind this different sized polka dot design.  Here is a little bit about her and some of the work she has created over the years.  A real designer, a real role model and just an incredibly journey from being restricted at such an early age by her family to earning the accolade of selling a piece of her art for the highest price ever paid for a piece made by a female artist. 

Hop to the Waterstones website and you can find over 20 books about her

https://www.waterstones.com/books/search/term/yayoi+kusama

If you haven’t got time to read the book the webpage below is quick and full of colour and makes a quick summary of who she is and what she has achieved.

http://synkroniciti.com/2013/10/23/hallucinations-and-polka-dots-the-work-of-yayoi-kusama/

 

 

Author: Helen Rolfe

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