ART CRUSH : Yoko Furosho

ART CRUSH Issue #6 The Kawaii Issue Yoko Furusho
We fell completely in love with Yoko's illustrations when we first found them online. There is something childlike and innoncent yet with a grown up's sense of details and deeper layers and actually the name Yoko, has the meaning of child hidden in its japanese sign. Yoko generates unique worlds filled with imaginary monsters, strange animals, and unusual landscapes and we are so unbelievably honoured to feature her as our ART CRUSH for this KAWAII issue.

Yoko Furusho is a Japanese illustrator based in New York. At the early age of 18, she decided to move to US to study at the School of Visual Arts in NY, in order to pursue her dream of working with illustration professionally. "Drawing has always been my routine since my childhood. So I very much wanted to become something related to art. I guess I decided to be an illustrator when I was taking the class at School of Visual Arts. They made me feel that there was a realistic way of making a living of working with art in my future" Yoko tells us. 

Now Yoko's dream is indeed coming true. She has worked with big brands such as Maybelline New York, KEDS collective and Glamour magazine and she recently published an illustrated book with the intriguing title: The other side of my world upside down (Japanese Title: Boku no Sekai no Sakasama no Mukougawa) 

The book tells the story of a young girl caught in between the worlds of everyday cruelty and fleeting dreams as she searches for a way out using his five senses. "It is my first picture book for adults and it turns the world of its protagonist upside down and features several mushrooms and monsters as characters" Yoko always had a dream of becoming a children's book writer, and so she was very excited about getting to do this picturebook for grown ups, with the childlike approach: "My editor decided to go with the picture book for adults because he sensed something dark and philosophical in my art works. To me it is a story of a girl, who meets some characters and I guess in some way these characters are based on stories that were lived and learnt by me in real life."

The other side of my world upside down is actually Yokos 3rd and she's hoping to be able to finish her 4th and 5th book very soon. As for now, her books are only available in Japan. Yoko is currently looking for publishers who might be interested in publishing the book abroad and we are very much looking forward to seeing more from her beautiful mind and skillful hands.