4 December 2010

Exhibition

I am holding my work exhibition now.
Title: Ichiyoh Haga's Work Exhibition
Place: Gallery Yujitsu
Address: 1-7-10 Yoshino Utsunomiya City Tochigi Prefecture
Phone: 028-633-6285
Date: December 1st 2010 ~ January 31st 2011
(Closed every Tuesdays and the first Monday)
Open: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Admission: 1000 yen



My Work Exhibition

4 December 2010





16 November 2010

A newspaper feature about me

The article featuring me and my work was published in the "International Herald Tribune". Many people from other countries visited the exhibition this time because of the newspaper article. (Article follows)

MINIATURE MAKER
Finances in ruin, businessman takes a closer look at life
-----By Louis Templado

Most artists start out to make something big. Ichiyoh Haga fell into something small. Once the head of a clothing chain with shops in Japan's best department stores, Haga is the hand behind the tiny, minutely detailed houses and shops that will be on show at the Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan building in the Yurakucho district from Oct. 31 until Nov. 6.
Haga's structures have been featured in magazines, news programs and even in a television commercial. The bandannaed 62-year-old draws a steady stream of students to his studio---some from as far away as Iowa. Yet Haga says he discovered his talent only late in life and at the end of his finances.
"Money, money, money. That's all I could think about from morning till night," says Haga, who lost his business 13 years ago at the age of 48. "At my age who would hire me? Finally I got so bored I started making something out of matchboxes and old price tags I still had. I didnft know what I was doing, but in one day I built my first house. The next day I built another."
A friend saw them and suggested he try selling them. Haga shopped his works around and soon earned 2 million yen ($25,000) for a single piece as well as orders for more.
Haga works in two scales. His Japanese buildings depict postwar flophouses, empty industrial yards and unvisited train stations. Even at one-eightieth scale they are heavy with sadness. His one-twelfth scale Parisian storefronts meanwhile seem like photos by Eugene Atget come to life. In fact they are based on his images. All are uninhabited.
"They are better without figures," says Haga. "Their lack makes the mind imagine the human trace."
Building a tableau, he continues, is much like writing a novel. Sometimes it takes a couple of years of mental exertion to finish one. Haga makes all the parts---from doorknobs and trunk handles to drainpipes-----by hand or draws them on computer to have photo-etched. He annotates every step and often builds the same exact tableau to different states of completion, for students to study. "Itfs not like an artist painting the same scene over and over again," he explains. "It's more like an engineer assembling cars."
It could also sound crazy to anyone outside miniatures circles, but Haga says he's found his groove. "I look back on my years in business and think, 'What a waste of time.' I thought I liked it and that I was good at it-----probably everyone thinks that about what theyfre doing. But you never know what you're made for unless you try it first."


International Herald Tribune, Friday, October 29, 2010

16 November 2010





30 October 2010

Exhibition

My students and I are opening our exhibition this weekend. Please come and see it.

Titled: "Ichiyoh Haga & Shibuya Craft Club Exhibition"
Location: Yurakucho Tokyo Kotsu-Kaikan B1F GOLD SOLON
.............Kotsu-Kaikan is the front at Yurakucho St.of Yamanote Line.
Contact: Tel 03-3215-7933 ( direct )
Date: Oct.31st - Nov.6th 2010
Open: 11AM - 2PM (Open 1PM only on Oct.31st)
Admission: Free
Opening Ceremony starts at 6PM on Oct.31st. Please come you are all INVITED!


30 October 2010





23 October 2010

Welcome Board

I made this custom Welcome Board for a couple to display on the reception desk at their wedding. I worked as fast as possible to have it complete by their wedding day. I think in spite of the rush it turned out very nice, and the customer felt the same way.


23 October 2010





11 September 2010

Completed the work

I have finished the work from the photo of Atget. I chose the title "Atget Paris / L'entrepôt". this means "warehouse". I am going to take this opportunity to make another one from the Atget photos.


Atget Paris / L'entrepôt
Photography: Tanka Oh

11 September 2010





7 August 2010

I started the New Work

I said earlier that I was going to make a work from the photo of the Atget. I have started it now. The exterior is almost finished as you see in the picture below. However it will take some time before it is finished.
It seems as if it is hot all over the world this year and Japan is no exception. Tokyo is crazy hot with temperatures reaching 36C or 97F each day. My studio roof is steel and the air conditioner is not much use so I work early in the morning lately. The weather reports and saying this hot is going to continue. OH UNPLEASANT!


I have not given the piece a title yet.

7 August 2010





27 June 2010

Atget Paris

The famous Japanese art magazine "Gekkan Bijutsu" is going to publish a large feature article on my work this autumn. I am very happy about this. They have asked me to start a piece so they can follow the production from the beginning to the completion. I have been thinking for several months on what I could make, now I have made a decision. The piece will be "Atget Paris". A great professional photographer named Eugene Atget took several thousand photographs of the Paris city in detail for about 30 years beginning in 1897. I will make the Atget world, the atmosphere of his photographs in my miniature work. The magazine editor agreed with my idea. This has started me studying many books on his photography from morning into the night. It will be these books that give me the essence for the work. His photographs captured Paris of 100 years ago. The question now is how do I make it? This is what I am thinking about now.


Atget books

27 June 2010





29 May 2010

"Design Festa"

I participated in a art festival on the 15th and 16th of May. The Design Festa which is held at Tokyo Big Sight. The photo below was taken from the backside of my booth.
The work on the right is titled "Azumaya" and the work on the left in the white box is titled "Nicorette Pub". Mrs. Raruka is the woman greeting masses of visitors all by herself; she is also one of my students. She is wearing a cool pink one piece dress. The photo was taken by a professional photographer, Kouichi Kamio. He has been a photographer for 40 years that is easy to see in the quality and depth of his photos. The Design Festa hosted about 60 thousand visitors over the 2 days it was held.


http://www.designfesta.com/index_en.html

29 May 2010





25 April 2010

I came back

I returned from the "Chicago International 2010" miniature show. The flight took 12 hours one way. As you know the United States is very far from Japan. The three days was very enjoyable though. To hear how many people know about my Web site is very wonderful. I told all the people that visited my table to tell their friends about my work.
Miniature Collector Magazine has a table at the show so I purchased one, and to my surprise when I opened the magazine I saw a page devoted to my work "The Desk of Shotaro Ishinomori" in the March 2010 issue. This was my first to know I was published in the magazine. Thank you Ms. Barbara Aardema editor of the magazine.


Miniature Collector March 2010

25 April 2010




21 March 2010

Chicago International

I will be selling at the Chicago International show in April, following are the details. Please stop by my table and say hello.

Title: Chicago International 2010
Location: MARRIOTT CHICAGO O'HARE
Address: 8535 W. Higgins Rd Chicago, IL 60631
Telephone: 800-228-9290 or 733-693-4444
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010 ~ 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Saturday, April 17, 2010 ~ 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, April 18, 2010 ~ 11:00am - 4:00pm
Organizer: TOM BISHOP PRODUCTION, INC



21 March 2010




30 January 2010

My class in Jiyu-gaoka

Last year I held "the class of making wooden structure" in Sengoku, Tokyo. Since all my students finished the curriculum and graduated the class at the end of the year, I closed that class and started a new class of "making wooden structures" for 25 beginner students. The class is being held in the trendy town Jiyu-gaoka, Tokyo. Pictured below is the very first class held on January 16th.
I've already started teaching "the class of making art-in-box" at my studio in Komagome as well, so I am sure to be busy with my teaching this year.


January 16th 2010
My class in Jiyu-gaoka
Seated at the right is me!

30 January 2010




1 January 2010

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Pictured below is my new bicycle that I just purchased paying $1,600. WOW... it looks cool don't you think? The photo was taken in front of the cycle shop when I bought it. I will be out rushing around on it this year!!


Photography: Takurou Shimokawa

1 January 2010




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