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Don Kratzer

Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo

Custom Character Culture for Causes

PRESENTED ON SEP 24, 2014
IN TOKYO @ VOL 117

Don Kratzer is mad about indie toys. He not only admires and collects them, but also puts together art shows for artist all over the world to get together to cusomize their own toy ideas, and share art. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 24, 2014.

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Causes and Effects

BY ROBERT L. PETERS
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 15, 2011

Designer Robert L. Peters uses various examples of design used to pass on a message or critique a particular world problem, using it as a call to arms, inviting everyone to choose their cause, and do something about it.

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Crafting Character

BY PHILIPP KIRSCHFINK
@ VOL 19 ON MAY 11, 2013

Philipp Kirschfink is a bike messenger, philiospher, and a carpenter living in Maastricht. He believes that making his creations by hand using traditional methods and tools is not only good for the enviornment, it creates works with inteqrity along with building character. 

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How to Make a Figurine

BY JAMES FRECKINGHAM
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 07, 2013

Jim Freckingham walks us through the process by which toy figurines are made. They are often built with the same or similar parts to save costs. Jim then shows us a mini army of toys he's designed and built himself. 

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Capturing Custom Car Show Character

BY GEORGE BRAINARD
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Photographer George Brainard was asked by The Kontinentals to photograph the the Lone Star Roundup a couple years back, and while he originally focused on the event itself, he was drawn to all the unique people who attended this annual hot rod and custom car show. George recalls here his photographs, experiences, and the subjects that inspired so many stories. 

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

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Candee Noir: Genesis of a Character, Journey of a Short Film

BY KELLY SHIPE
@ VOL 12 ON AUG 19, 2014

Kelly Shipe goes into depth on the journey of the production of the short film "Candee Noir", beginning with the creation of the film's main character and culminating with the premiere of the final edit in New York City.

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Creating the Character Within

BY M. CATHERINE "CAT" MCMILLEN
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

From nature to the stage, the world influences Cat's world. Cat McMillen discusses her inspiration and the factors that make her who she is. She mentions the importance of versatility in art and seeing all the possibilities. Cat speaks about how feeling every movement, color, and texture from the art around us taps into people's creative energy. 

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What's Your Cause?

BY ERIC FRANS
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 20, 2015

Husband, Father, Texan by birth and Canadian by choice, Eric Frans is connects people to the causes they care about. He explores how we are all meant to care about something, but too many people exist not knowing what their passion is. It's time you found out.

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Transformative Motorcycle Design

BY MATTHEW ROBERTS
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"The easiest way to describe what we do is like a two wheeled equivalent of the Eames LCW. We're looking for something that's timeless and embodies the essence of motorcycles."

Matthew Roberts of Speedtractor Industries, a custom motorcycle and design studio in Tokyo known from its elegant and personal custom creations, believes motorcycle design has finally come of age, to a place and time where people can appreciate the truest essence of motorcycling. Matthew discusses how a movement of bespoke design houses like his, offer riders and non-riders alike a glimpse of how a a new wave of contemporary design sense won't necessarily have to be rooted in a bygone time, nor will it likely loose it's mod look decades from now. An ultimately cool PechaKucha.

 

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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.