It’s my pleasure this week to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Leeay Aikawa. I met Leeay at the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2005 and she has been inspiring me ever since. The great thing about knowing her for quite a while is seeing how she actively pursues challenging herself and evolving her work. She has the qualities that make any creative person exceptional, she’s extremely curious and motivated to constantly explore new areas. Born in Toyama, and having lived in Japan for a good chunk of her life so far, she has been in Canada for a couple years now and already doing work for the NewYorker, Globe and mail and others.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

L: Play with my friend Ayako at the park in Tokyo.  I played as a wife, she played as my husband….something like that.  We made every part of the park and wooden outdoor play equipment(how do i call in English?) as part of our house and furnitures.  We imitated our own parents quite well. Funny memory.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

L: Fashion Designer or Psychologist, or working for film!

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

L: Tough question…..But Travelling inspires me.  And then the people I meet, story I hear and moments I go through in life.  Many places inspire me but when it comes to digital collage, I really like to be somewhere I can sit, ideally with tablet.  A lot of fashion designers inspire me too.  I believe collage/illustration has a trend as well somewhat and I can learn a lot about it from fashion industry.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

Attached image: Lady Cosmogony. There are many thoughts involved but mainly I thought it would be so cool to see a fashion show in space one day.  They would tickle my heart.  My coworker Mayuko named this piece.

5. Name 5 websites that you check often.

npr

fashionista

weather network

ffffound

style.com(if you haven’t seen Tommy Ton looks yet, check now, they tickle my heart!)

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