Aya Kakeda treats her illustrations as a form of storytelling, inviting the viewer inside her whimsical (sometimes wonky) worlds. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and now based between Tokyo, Brooklyn, and Baltimore, she experiments with her art to include other mediums, such as ceramics and even toy design.
“I’d always loved drawing and story-telling, ever since I was a kid in fact,” she stated in an interview with Inky Goodness. “I’ve now grown into an artist/illustrator, with quite a broad and experimental approach spanning illustration, fine art, comic book design, toy design, ceramics, and pattern design.”
Her creations include book art, products, magazines, posters, and store installations; collaborating with clients like NIKE, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, and Washington Post. “I don’t really think that [there’s] a distinction between my work and my hobbies,” she admits. “I generally really like to be creative. I’d happily just sit in a studio in my spare time and make 100 tiny ceramic mice… that would make me super happy.” Sounds like the absolute best plan to us.