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Micro Sofubi

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 99 ON JAN 23, 2013

What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert Don Kratzer guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and he hopes you'll love them too.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2013.

PechaKucha Night公式ウェブサイトで26日に「今日のプレゼンテーション」に選ばれたDonさんのミクロソフビプレゼンテーションをご紹介します。

フィギュア好きな方に特におすすめです。

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What is Sofubi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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#conlife: Toy Conventions around the World

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 143 ON JAN 25, 2017

"The toys are amazing but the best part is meeting all the people."

Don Kratzer has been involved in the Indie Toy Scene for over a decade and has spent the past year traveling to Toy Conventions all over the world. In #conlife: Toy Conventions around the World, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142, he shares his insights into the idiosyncrasies of each local scene and how they relate to the global Art Toy movement.

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Don Kratzer

Over the next few days we will be highlighting presenters for next week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 99, and we start with Don Kratzer, a creative director based in Tokyo who also loves to share his passion for soft vinyl figures. In his presentation next week, he will introduce us to the world of "Micro Sofubi."来週23日に行うPechaKucha Night 東京99プレゼンターの皆様をご紹介いたします。東京で活躍されるクリエイティブディレクターのDon Kratzerさんです。指人形、フィギュアのプレゼンテーションでおなじみのDonさんが柔らかいビニール素材のフィギュアもついて発表してくださいます。Donさんのウェブサイトもぜひご覧ください。

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Micro Sofubi

Wait, you didn't think that "Presentation of the Day" was just a weekday thing, did you? We want to make sure that even on a Saturday, you can start the day off with one of our favorites PechaKucha presentations. Today we highlight a presentation by Don Kratzer, from this past Wednesday's PKN Tokyo Vol. 99. What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and that he hopes you'll love too.

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PechaKucha Night - Adelaide Volume #6

It's that time again Pechas! Come along for another great night of networking and sharing from eight Adelaide creative talents; they've put their hands up because they want to share their ideas, creativity and epiphanies with you! DATE: Friday 10th May VENUE: Tooth and Nail Gallery, 22-24 Corromandel Place TIME: Doors open at 6:30pm ACOUSTIC GUITARIST: Susan Lilly: 6:30pm-7:00pm PKN #6. TICKETS $8 Eventbrite pre-sale (Helps us with catering) $10 Door Beer, wine, soft drinks and light nibble TWITTER Hash-tag - PKN#6 _______________________ Let the beer and wine flow as funny-man/MC, Tom Bourne from #Adelaide's Mix 102.3 co-hosts the night with PechaKucha Adelaide - City Organiser, Anna Scott, as we join in with people across the globe attending Pecha events, in more than 600 Cities across the world! ACOUSTIC GUITARIST, Susan Lilly will be playing us in at PECHA #6 on Friday (between 6:30-7:00pm)! - A quirky country girl meets urban living and writer of country fusion, Susan is a mistress of mayhem and mirth; nice with a hint of wicked that will have you walking on air by the time her gig is over! Susan has also pursued a career in stand-up comedy - Hailing from Syney and Melbourne, Susan has only been in Adelaide for 9 weeks, so be there at 6:30pm when doors open to give Susan a warm Adelaide welcome! What makes Pecha different? - It's informal. It's short. It's fun. In the patented 20x20 Pecha format - Pecha presenters show 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds then advancing automatically. Some have likened Pecha's to a cross between performance art and poetry slam - The the advancing slides can catch presenters off-guard, making for spontaneous ad-lib and comedy. What happens? - Pecha's are held in places where drinking and thinking combine - Our generous Venue Host Tooth and Nail Gallery are showing now - so not only do you get to mix with some of Adelaide's best talent, you'll also get to browse the fine art that lines the gallery walls. Don't forget your business card to hand out while you're networking and also one to put in the prize draw bowl! PRESENTERS (in no particular order) UTA MOONEY - Artist "From the Gallery Walls of the Imagination" Inspired by Seattle-based author/friend, Glenn Stenson and his very saucy novel, "Cabin 108", Uta's recent work captures the vivid images that came to mind in this unusual collaboration of multi-media art by one of Adelaide's finest! KRISTINA DRYZA - Independent Trend Forecaster "Living in the Rhythm of Nature" Recognised as one of the top consumer trends experts - The Australian Financial Review described her as “…one of the five leading futurists in the world” . Consulting to the boards of Virgin Group, BSkyB, MSN and working as a writer for CNN and the World Entrepreneur Society (amongst others), Kristina has lived between London, New York, Tokyo & Hawaii the past 13 years and is now back in Adelaide. NICOLA LOVELL - One Village Aid Agency Founder/Author "SICK OF SUPERHERO'S" Twenty-six year old Nikki is the founder of Aid Organisation One Village, author of We are One Village and a final year law student who is really sick of superhero's! JEREMY MILLINGTON - Architect "(Not supplied)" Building People and Place. Jeremy is the about to finish construction on the first legal and fully approved Superadobe (flexible-form-rammed-earth) structure in Australia. Be prepared to ask yourself why you are living in a box... STEVE READY - Entrepreneur/ 'The Man" at Digital Lamb "Friends on the Fridge" Racking up his first business ventures in primary school; at 19, Steve founded Digital Lamb. This seasoned business entrepreneur offers the inside-scoop on his latest business venture; “Friends on the Fridge”. BARBARA GARE - Geo-physicist + Entrepreneur/ Co-Owner of Ynatural Skin + Hair "(Not supplied)" Starting off in a career as a Geo-physicist, working at the pointy-end of the big names in oil, Barbara learnt what was important and is changing the world one Certified Organic step at a time! Using her extensive knowledge and skills, Barbara applied science and research to challenge what we put on our bodies everyday and develop a range of skin and hair care that is safe to use - When you hear what Barbara has to say, you'll be questioning too! SHANE HADDY - Toy Designer/ Owner of HInts and Spices "Sofubi (Japaense art toys) Study tour" Well-known for his work as an ‘art toy’ artist and designer, Shane uses his background in Industrial Design and knowledge of materials and processes to breathe life into a multitude of projects and activities. In a recent 3 month study-tour to Japan, Shane threw himself into the epicentre of Japan's sofubi scene where he was mentored by the industries top players – His presentation, is his adventure! JEMMA SCHILLING - Business Development Officer/ AISEC "Co-Working is the New Black" Final Year student of International Trade, Finance and Investment, Jemma is the Adelaide BDM for global youth-run organisation AIESEC , who is interested in networking, inspiring people, the not for profit sector and is all about the new generation of collaborative working - she'll be opening our eyes on what's happening right here in Adelaide! We look forward to seeing you there and please ...hit the 'invite friends' button, select a few that you think might like to come, so we can meet your friends too!

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What is Sofubi?

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. In "What is Sofubi?" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 110, perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on these fascinating and delightful mid-20th century products. 

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in Tokyo, Don Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.