We adore the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama here at The Book. You have probably seen her work; she’s the polka dot artist who recently collaborated with Louis Vuitton to create wonderful spotty editions of their famous products (not that we'll be rushing down to Victoria Quarter to get one!).
Well, an interesting fact that we picked up on was that Kusama has lived voluntarily in a psychiatric institution in Tokyo since 1977 but leaves every day to work in her studio over the road. Is your Creative Director a bit like this? At first her work seems very simple and almost childlike but actually is marked with obsessiveness and incredible attention to detail. She is a fascinating juxtaposition of troubled artist but one who embraces commercialism.
She covers a wide range of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, film and performance; all featuring her trademark spots. If you ever have the opportunity to step into one of her mirrored rooms, then do it. It is an amazing experience looking into infinity surrounded by the artist’s glittering universe.
We couldn't quite afford a Kusama handbag but are eagerly awaiting delivery of our special edition Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Yoyai Kusama.