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  • News & Features Features 2021.01.05 Artist Q&A featuring Brolga

    For the sixth installment of our Q&A segment, Australian artist and muralist Brolga has graciously answered a whole lot of questions for us! His illustrations feature a motley crew of funky and colorful beasts who love to play and eat and have fun. Brolga himself seems like an artist who loves to find joy in their everyday life, and it clearly translates to his work. Without further ado, here's Brolga:   1. What is your morning routine? I usually wake up and read the news. I'll then get up, make avocado toast for breakfast and be at my desk around 10 am.   2. Where do you like to work? I work from home and that's where I've found is optimal for me. Everything is so efficient that way. Plus, if I need to work late, I can still see my partner. Or if I need to nap during the day, I can do that easily. I really like the idea of being able to work from home while living in cool places. 3. What are your favorite materials? When I was younger, I couldn't stand mechanical pencils but now they're all I use! My favourite that one is by Aristo, I found it in Seoul and it has a nice and thick lead. Other than that, it's my iMac, scanner and Wacom tablet. These are the things that I use the most.   4. Who or what is your biggest muse? Travelling. 5. When you start working, what do you do first? When I start working on a new project, I'll do lots and lots of research to get a grasp of the subject. I'll then begin with super rough sketches to try out ideas that quickly pass by.   6. What are your favorite subjects to draw? Creatures that have never existed before. 7. Who are your favorite artists? Some of my favourites artists include Pablo Picasso, Tom Wesselmann, Stuart Davis, John Chamberlain, Reg Mombassa, Roy Lichtenstein, Fernand Leger.   8. If you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be? John Chamberlain. He up metal and old cars to make these fantastic sculptures. I heard when he was too old to do it himself, he used to sit in a swivel chair in the middle of a huge studio and direct his assistants on how to crush them.   9. How do you get over a creative hump? There's lots of ways to get over a creative but they're all based in finding intent and excitement to make new work. Sometimes, I'll book a trip to a country that I have never been before. Other times, I'll simply try a medium that I've never used before.   10. If you were to make a 10 piece series, what would it be about? My dream is to organise an exhibition where I travel to another country and spend time visiting scrap yards and antique shops. I would gather up all these interesting items and at the end of the trip, I would assemble them into artworks and have an art show in that country. I could do that in 10 countries no problems.   11. What other art form would you like to try, or already do, and why? I love old Beatles-esque illustrations, so I would like to learn how to use an airbrush.   12. What book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book? I recently read "Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell, which I loved. My favourite book is probably "The Town and The City" by Jack Kerouac. 13. What sort of music do you like? I listen to lots of different music. We're talking a mix of indie, house, ambient, folk and rock n roll.   14. When you meet another creative, what are you most interested by in them? I like to ask questions about the practical things that I struggle with. Like how to properly send a print in the mail or how they handle certain situations.   15. If you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them? I would like to collaborate in fireworks with Chinese artist, Cai Guo-Qiang.   16. If you could live in any era when would it be? Right now is good but any era before smart phones is sounding better and better.   17. If you could move anywhere and live comfortably/freely where would it be? If I could live in a new country every year, I would. I would love to live in Bangkok. I would also love to live on a small Pacific island. 18. What is your ideal vacation? Anywhere warm, swimming and surfing.   19. What do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do? I tend to my garden, I cook and try new recipes, I waste time online reading about UFO's and Australian sports on the internet, I draw and sketch new ideas, I pester my partner.   20. What is one thing you want to do this year? I would simply like to see my family. My state has been barred from traveling to other states in Australia during Covid and I miss my family.   21. What are three things you want to do within the next 5 years? I would like to start creating more pop-up styled installations and exhibitions. I would like to write a children's book. And I would like to buy a house near the beach.   22. If you had unlimited resources, what would you create? If I had unlimited resources, I would push it towards helping other people.   23. What is your favorite meal? Over the past year, I've perfected the toasted ham and cheese sandwich. It includes; pickles, tomato, ham, cheddar, pesto, tzatziki and spinach.   24. What is your favorite drink? There's a few; Bunderberg Ginger ale, Iced tea, wheat beer.   25. If you were to throw a party, what kind of get together would you organize? I would get a realllly good Beatles cover band and put them in the backyard of a big mansion (with a pool). I would then invite all my family and favourite people. Done.   26. Where is your favorite place to be around the location you live in? I have a magical park down the road from my house. I has saved me during Covid and it now holds a dear place in my heart.   27. If you had to give a tour of your city to an artist you admire where would you take them and why? I would probably throw them on a bike and show them the Keith Haring mural nearby and then ride around the city and look at all the cool, old buildings in Melbourne. 28. When you see artwork that you think is good, how do you react? I'll get consumed in it for a moment and afterwards, in someway, it would have changed me.   29. What is one job that you would do for free, even if it was hard and it took long? I would taste-test every ramen from Sapporo to Fukuoka.   30. If you were to teach a class, what would it be? Drawing Strange Things 101 31. What are some new skills you would like to learn? I would like to learn how to tuft a rug.   32. If you were to talk to someone who doesn't know too much about art, what would you say to convince them to try it out? I would say don't worry about being judged or trying to be good. Just have fun.   33. What is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors. Pink, electric blue, yellow, teal and black. 34. What is your favorite movie? Lost in Translation   35. What time of day are you most able to concentrate? Late at night   36. What time of day are you most relaxed? Late at night   37. Do you have a favorite distraction? I love an Australian sport called Australian Rules Football and I spend too much time thinking about it.   38. How do you unwind? I meet up with friends for a beer, see live music, garden or plan a future trip.   39. What is one word of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago? You have everything you need to achieve your dreams.   40. What is one thing about yourself that you hope won’t change? I hope that I never lose my sense of humour.

  • News & Features Features 2020.12.24 CWC GALLERY & SHOP

    Starting, December 25th, the CWC Gallery and Shop will be open for business! The CWC Gallery and Shop is an online gallery and storefront featuring all of our extraordinary talents in the CWC roster. Visit the gallery and look for your favorite artist's work, available for purchase! We are also giving away a limited quantity of exclusive Jeffrey Fulvimari risographs to the first 20 customers of our store, so shop now!   Our first ever exhibition brings in the New Year with open arms by featuring the Eastern Zodiac for 2021, the Cow.   Cross World Connections is excited to usher in the year of the cow with a spectacular group show. "Cowabunga! 2021, Year of the Cow Exhibition" brings together a diverse group of 14 artists from across the world to create a genuinely positive group exhibition. The word cowabunga comes from the Hawaiian word "kupaianaha," which means surprising and wonderful.   

    Each year brings new energy to the world, and this is not an exception. 2021 is the year of the cow in the Eastern Zodiac. It's customary to bring a charm or artwork of the animal of the year as a blessing and talisman for good luck. Homes throughout Japan will have cow charms and artwork to bring this auspicious vibration. The year of the cow will fortify us with patience and strength to move forward as a society.  

     

    There may still be challenges in the coming year, but the spirit of the cow will lead the way! The artwork below is just a small example of what's available at the store! Click HERE to shop now!

    Click here to visit the CWC Gallery & Shop!

  • News & Features Features 2020.12.23 Jeffrey Fulvimari 2021! Paintings for Sale!!

    We've just received some new art from our very own Jeffrey Fulvimari, all the way from Woodstock, New York! Jeffrey's annual live painting events are always a must-see. Although he could not make it to Japan this year, we have new original artworks for his fans in Japan during the quarantine. These latest artworks will be available for sale this coming 2021 Spring season at the CWC Gallery & Shop. We will provide more details at a later date, so stay tuned!





  • News & Features Features 2020.08.26 Mushbuh on SuperRare

    Our resident 3D graphics artist and entrepreneur Mushbuh has been making fascinating headway into the blockchain art trading world. SuperRare is an online marketplace that helps artists and buyers meet to make trades, with one unique twist. All sales are made on the blockchain, specifically using a cryptocurrency called Ethereum. Mushbuh, being familiar with bitcoin from previous ventures, has been making a huge wave in this environment so far, with his artwork being cumulatively worth around 27.5 Eth or over 10,000 USD at the time of this writing. For Mushbuh's page on SuperRare, click HERE! Take a look at his portfolio by clicking HERE!

  • News & Features Features 2020.08.17 Poppies by Stina Persson

    Studio Flow: "Poppies" by Stina Persson CWC Artist @stina_persson_illustration creates luscious illustrations with her loose and flowing watercolors. Enjoy the poppies! [embed]https://www.instagram.com/tv/CEC_REJpSQf/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

  • News & Features Features 2020.08.06 ARTIST Q&A! -Genie Liang-

    For our third Artist Q&A series, we asked Genie Liang some questions about some of her work habits!

    1. What is your morning routine?

    Coffee to sip on, sketchbook drawing, emails. Then add milk to the same cup of coffee after lunch.

     

    2. Where do you like to work?

    I work from home, but I like to go out to try new environments to work from.

    3. What are your favorite materials?

    Pilot Kakuno pen I have 4 now, it’s a nice simple pen.

    4. Who or what is your biggest muse?

    Time & love.

     

    5. What are your favorite subjects to draw?

    People in motion, futurist ideas, and scenes with calming compositions.

    6. Who are your favorite artists?

    MIQ, Little Thunder, Milkbbi, Joyce, Yue, Chloma, Bahi JD, Ehiorobo, Mushbuh, Punimelt, Freddy Carrasco, Minipete, Juli Majer, A Bluer Don Juan, James Jean, Ikegami Yoriyuki, Yoshitaka Amano, Fumiko Takano, Eizin Suzuki, Iris Van Herpen, and more.

     

    7. If you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be?

    Junya Suzuki of Chloma. I’d love to see the concept to execution of their clothing ideas.

     

    8. How do you get over a creative hump?

    Turn off my phone, close my laptop. Drink something hot, go for a walk. Repeat daily for 1-2 weeks.

     

    9. What other art forms would you like to try, or already do, and why?

    Ceramics, Glass blowing and fashion design. I like how textures and color combinations are the main components in these art forms. I draw mostly figurative works, so these are very abstract to me.

    10. What sort of music do you like?

    A mix of things. I like exploring and listening to things without context. My favorite genres are ambient, dream pop/shoegaze, house, bossa nova, post-rock. And occasionally classical composers like Claude Debussy or Erik Satie and film composers like Joe Hisaishi and Susumu Hirasawa.

     

    11. If you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them?

    Wednesday Campanella - an animated music video.

     

    12. What is your ideal vacation?

    A journey to a different city every couple of days, learning about what to eat… then eating it. And sleeping.

    13. What is one thing you want to do this year?

    I want to finish my next book. I’ve been working on it this year and it would be a great wrap up of this chapter.

    14. What are three things you want to do within the next 5 years?

    Publish more books and comics, grow my studio / online shop, get a pet snail.

    15. What is your favorite drink?

    Coconut boba milk tea, no sugar.

     

    16. If you were to teach a class, what would it be?

    Figure gesture drawing.

     

    17. What are some new skills you would like to learn?

    I’d like to learn 3D.

     

    18. What is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors.

    Pale lilac, sky blue, yellow.

    19. What is your favorite movie?

    Whisper of the Heart.

     

    20. How do you unwind?

    Lay on the ground and listen to music.

     

    21. What is one word of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago?

    Follow your heart and don’t be afraid. Every drawing is another small step. Be unwavering in your goals and keep walking steadily. -also, in hindsight, don’t throw away your sketchbooks!

    22. What is one thing about yourself that you hope won't change?

    I hope I’ll always try new things!



  • News & Features Features 2020.07.17 Artist Q&A featuring Stina Persson

                              Artist Q&A featuring Stina Persson!   1) what is your morning routine I go to the cafe across the street and get myself a great cup of coffee. Without coffee I wouldn’t function. 2) where do you like to work. I wish I would say anywhere, that I bring a sketchbook wherever I go, but it would be a lie. I really love working in my studio. Or on location, getting energy from the people and space around me. I hope to do more windows and murals once we’re back to traveling again. I plan to one day build a proper artist space in the attic of a barn belonging to our country cottage. But right now there is barely a floor and no windows…which means it would be a huge undertaking. It would be so dreamy though, and perfect for working large scale. 3) what are your favorite materials I prefer to work with liquid material like inks and water colours and sometimes combining with bits of paper to create harder edges. I never want my work to look to wishy-washy or fluffy, but to keep some weight and edge. 4) what are your favorite subjects to draw People and faces, details of clothing, shoes, and plants…and food stuffs. 5)if you could see how one artist works from beginning to end, who would it be Matisse or Picasso maybe.   6) how do you get over a creative hump Chaining myself to the drawing table, but pimping it with chocolate and coffee. Whip and carrot!   7) what other art form would you like to try, or already do, and why Sculpture and clay. It si so rewarding with to create something three dimensional. That why I love to bake too, three dimensional and possible to eat. What’s not to love?   8) what book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book Normal People by Sally Rooney. Such a good book. Now there’s tv-series, but I am worried it’ll spoil the magic. Another book, or book series are My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. And yes, I’ve watched the tv-series too. If the tv-version is great the books are…brilliant!                 9)when you meet another creative, what are you most interested by in them If they are nice, smart and have a sense of humour. Like with all people. And I am plays curious what a normal day looks like in people’s lives. But I am as interested in knowing that regardless of profession, I find it fascinating.   10) if you were to collaborate with another artist living or dead, who would it be and what would you do with them Matisse, please! We could happily cut bits and bobs of paper, and I would mostly listen as my speaking French is not so good! I am sure he has some good stories. And I would love to see how he makes is choices. I believe creating art is most about making choices, adding or taking away, keeping or deleting. That’s why I value the analogue part of my work so much and there are endless opportunities to change once you’re at the computer and I am not sure that is always such a good thing.   11) if you could live in any era when would it be My childhood 70’s! But I’m not sure I would be able to take the sexism from any other era. I am very happy I am a woman living in 2020.                               12) if you could move anywhere and live comfortably/freely where would it be Someplace warm, where my feet would walk on warm terracotta tiles. So…Italy!   13) what is your ideal vacation Italy, with my family. Finding a house in the countryside with a pool to keep my three sons happy and entertained.   14) what do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do Bake, cook and plan for dinner with friends. How I miss having dinner with friends!!   15) what are three things you want to do within the next 5 years Go to Japan! I briefly lived in Tokyo when I was 18, working in a Mexican restaurant…I’ve been back twice since and I was going this March.   16) what is your favorite drink Coffee, elderberry juice, and oaky, rich red wine!   17) where is your favorite place to be around the location you live in I love my studio and my home, both in a very green area of Stockholm, with lots of cafes, wine bars, thrift shops and parks. I love the entire area so much. Great for raising kids and finding colourful thrift store blouses- and to have an outdoor cat, like we do! [caption id="attachment_4700" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Mäster Mikaels Gata , Stockholm Södermalm[/caption] 18) what is one job that you would do for free, even if it was hard and it took long A real collaboration with someone like Dries van Noten or Miuccia Prada.   19) if you were to teach a class, what would it be Figuredrawing or color.   20) what are some new skills you would like to learn I wish I could animate my drawing. Unfortunately I have no urge to learn. I don’t want more hours in front of the computer.   21) what is your favorite palette, please name at least 3 colors Bright pink, yellow and nude.   22) what is your favorite movie Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood for Love. Every frame is a piece of art.                 23) what time of day are you most able to concentrate Usually right before I need to head back home. I am trying to make it first thing in the morning, and I am getting there. It would make sense as I am very much a morning person.   24) what time of day are you most relaxed After a good lunch work out I am relaxed but alert.   25) do you have a favorite distraction A common distraction is scrolling Instagram, but that is a habit I’d like to give up. Working out maybe. Chatting with my kids, or cooking.   27) what is one word of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago Enjoy it, it is not so serious. And be more like a man, and say yes to things even if unsure of how to  tackle it. Things work out, and your margins are exaggerated.   28) what is one thing about yourself that you hope wont change I really trust other people. I believe people want to be good and do good. Well, not Trump, but the rest. View Stina Persson's Portfolio  

  • News & Features Features 2020.06.15 Steve Bliss for Toyota Germany

    For Toyota Germany, Steve Bliss depicts workers of all types, focusing on the everyday user of the new Toyota Proace van. Take a look at Toyota Germany's Instagram account for more information!   https://www.instagram.com/p/CBbMH8iA9Zm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

  • News & Features Features 2020.05.28 ARTIST Q&A! -Marcus Oakley-

    CWC "Artists Q & A" starts! The first artist is Marcus Oakley!   He answered a lot of questions about his favorite music, movies, and even sources of inspiration! I would like to get close to the secret of the playful illustrations of Marcus, who has worked on a wide range of book illustrations, product designs, advertisements, and packaging as a graphic artist. 1. How do you get over a creative hump? Spending time at home, I am constantly interacting with kitchen utensils and house hold objects. Often staring at the walls and all the plants and ornaments arranged around the home, absorbing the mundanity of the daily rituals day after day. Daydreaming ideas whilst cooking and cleaning, making tea and listening to music. Inspired by these thoughts I often draw all of the objects in my house in various arrangements. It reminds me that inspirational can be anywhere and everywhere. 2. What do you do when you have to be home with nothing to do? I always seem to have things to do! Making art, reading, cooking and gardening. I moved a few years ago to a house with a garden. slowly I am learning about how to grow flowers, plants and vegetables. 3. What are your favorite subjects to draw? Drawing everything and anything, continuously exploring and playing with the potential of the line. Thick lines, thin lines, zig zag, curved, straight, fast, slow, wonky, abstract and pictorial they all have there own special mood and melody. 4. What sort of music do you like? Music wise I listen to mostly music made in the 1970’s. I was born in the 1970s but its not a child hood nostalgia of that time I have. I'm interested in all the cultural activity I was just too young to know about. The decade was so rich and varied in Music, Film, Art, Fashion, Architecture, Furniture and Graphic Design. Generally It can be pretty smooth dudes like The Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers,The Pentangle, Steely Dan, Gerry Rafferty, James Taylor, Wings, 10cc, Fairport Convention, Jean Michel Jarre, Brian Protheroe and David essex. 5. What is your favorite drink? Tea! I drink so much tea, I have been drinking english tea since I was a child. Nothing better than a big pot of tea and perhaps a slice of fruit cake! 6. If you had unlimited resources, what would you create? It would radical to turn my drawings into huge objects and make a interactive sculpture park with a nice cafe. 7. Who are your favorite artists. The art that excites the most is the work made by people from hundreds and thousands of years ago by many cultures from all over the world. On my travels I have seen so many amazing and inspiring objects, particular favourites of mine are Greek Cycladic art, Norse artifacts, Japanese Dogu figures, Neolithic standing stones and Totem poles by the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. 8. What is your favorite movie? I mostly watch movies from the 1970’s I love the honesty and grittiness of these films, they don’t make them like this anymore. Here are a few of my favorite’s Three Days of Condor / Sydney Pollack / 1975 The Wicker Man / Robin Hardy / 1973 Parallax View / Alan J Pakula / 1974 The Man on the Roof / Bo Widerberg / 1976 The Hired Hand / Peter Fonda / 1971 Le Cercle Rouge / Jean Pierre Melville / 1970 Phase IV / Saul Bass / 1974 3 Women / Robert Altman / 1977 Straight Time / Ulu Grosbard / 1978 Sorcerer / William Friedkin / 1977 Silent Running / Douglas Trumbull / 1972 Suspiria / Dario Argento / 1977 Saturday Night Fever / John Badham / 1977 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia / Sam Peckinpah / 1974 The Passenger / Michelanelo Antonioni / 1975 The Gambler / Karel Reisz / 1974 Coma / Michael Crichton / 1978 Play Misty for Me / Clint Eastwood / 1971 The Last Detail / Hal Ashby / 1973 Serpico / Sidney Lumet / 1975 9. What is your ideal vacation? I love camping in Scotland, unfortunately recent trip’s over the last few years the weather has been really terrible! stuck in a tent with howling wind and rain is awful, so my ideal vacation would be eternal warm sunshine. 10. Where is your favorite place to be around the location you live in. I live in the historic town of Dunfermline and I there many places I love to visit. One of my favourite places is Cafe Giacomo, originally opened in the 1950’s the cafe still has it’s original interior, serving cups of tea, filled rolls, cakes and other Scottish delicacies. 11. What book have you read recently, or what is your favorite book? Usually I tend to read books that feature travel, nature and generally being outside in both fiction and non fiction. Here are a few of them: Travels With Charley / John Steinbeck / 1962 Clear Water Rising / Nicolas Crane / 1996 Wildwood / Roger Deakin / 2007 Robert Macfarlane / The Old Ways: A Journey On Foot / 2013 Everest the Hard Way / Chris Bonington / 1976 The Kingdom by the Sea / Paul Theroux / 1982 Kon-Tiki expedition / Thor Heyerdahl / 1948 Rings of Saturn / W.G.Sebald / 1995 The Lost Art of Walking / Geoff Nicholson / 2008 Monkey Wrench Gang / Edward Abbey / 1975 12. If you were to teach a class, what would it be For the last 20 years I have been very fortunate to be able to mentor, teach and run workshops. Since moving up to Scotland from London 6 years ago I have been working for a fantastic Art’s organization based in Edinburgh called Artlink. Set up in 1984 Artlink’s aim is increase creative opportunities those who experience disadvantage or disability in the East of Scotland. The work can be challenging at times but also life affirming, I have seen so much awesome, amazing, genuine and beautiful artwork. 13. What is your favorite meal? I really enjoy cooking and going out for meals. Often the simplest recipes are the best, currently my favorite meal is a slowly cooked Puttanesca sauce (tomatoes, onion, olive oil, anchovies, parsley and garlic) with pasta. 14. What is the one thing about yourself that you hope won’t change. Just to carry on living a creative life, working, thinking making, drawing and teaching.









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