Growing old is mandatory;
growing up is optional.
Don't you just love Hello Kitty? Well, even if you don't, I think you'll enjoy this post. (Especially the super cute Hello Kitty art created by the kids at my work!)
Hello Kitty Sits on a Sunflower
Pastel on Paper, 2014
by sweet Violet :)
Sunlit Road with Teddy and Kitty
Pencil on paper, 2015
Floating Kitty in a Field of Green
Mixed Media, 2015
Hello Kitty Angel on Cloud, 2013
Animation cell, acrylic paint, plastic, sharpie, and pastel
Hello Kitty Rides a Great Read Shark, 2014
Watercolor and Pastel
Also by Delilah ...
Hello Kitty by the Sea, 2015
watercolor and ink on paper
Kitty in Blue, 2014
Sculpey clay, acrylic paint
Pastel and charcoal pencil
Hello Kitty (ハローキティ Harōkiti?) (full name Kitty White (キティ・ホワイト Kiti Howaito?) made by the Sanrio company, (Japan) came to the U.S. in 1976.
I was probably 7 1/2 and thought she was the cutest thing ever. I remember I had a cute pink Hello Kitty sewing kit, pencils, and tiny red plastic address book that snapped shut. Adorable.
Of course, in the years since, her image has been on everything from vacuum cleaners to gas cans, and more.
Last fall a Hello Kitty exhibition opened at the Japanese American Museum, in Los Angeles.
I kept trying to get over and see the exhibition, then time flew by and I was afraid I was going to miss it. Fortunately, just in time, my friend Erin came up from San Diego with her daughter for the weekend and the Hello Kitty stars aligned! We made it!
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?
Below, Hello Kitty braces! Toilet paper?
I think this was a bedazzled handbag ...
Hello Kitty men's suit by Liberty of London! (2014)
And, why not?
The model for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
There were big murals in the exhibition, as you can see below, along with a Hello Kitty surf board. In the same area there were roller skates and a skateboard.
Hello Kitty as the rock band Kiss.
I would love this sake set!
Everyone is the age of their heart.
Too cute to eat bento boxes!
Another wall mural ...
Each year of Hello Kitty's life represented. I love the preppy 1980 Kitty! Below, Erin and I with our graduation year, 1987. Love the punk rock plaid under it.
The key to successful aging
is to pay as little attention to it
Apparently, Hello Kitty is 5 apples tall. And, in case you are interested, she was born in the suburbs of London on November 1st. (So, I guess that makes her a Scorpio!) Not sure why the Japanese company picked London, but there you have it.
"She is portrayed as a bright and kind-hearted girl, very close to her twin sister Mimmy. She is good at baking cookies and loves Mama's homemade apple pie. She likes to collect cute things and her favorite subjects in school are English, music, and art." - source Wikipedia
After seeing all the cute Hello Kitty stuff, from over the years, we went into the area of the exhibition with art inspired by Hello Kitty.
Hello Kitty in Bloom, Mixed Media
Inner Kitty, 2014
Gouache on paper
The Gaze of Kitty, 2014
Acrylic, Acrylic Gouache, Tarpaulin
Super Space Titan Kitty
(love Makena's expression!)
oil on panel
Kevin Earl Taylor
Hello Lincoln, 2014
Acrylic Painting on Masonite
Hello Kitty ensembles made for Project Runway.
Hello Kitty dress (2009) worn by Lady Gaga and worth more than anything else in the show. (A guard told us some of the rare collectables on the dress were worth a lot of money.) Plush dress styled by GK Reid and originally shot by Markus + Indrani.
Marilyn style dress worn by Paris Hilton in 2009.
Bedazzled Bustier show costume worn by Katy Perry, designed by The Blonds.
Bows on the floor ... those are my spectators.
What a fun day! We checked out more at the Japanese American Museum before roaming around and having lunch in Little Toyko! I will have to do another post with more of that day. We covered a lot of territory!
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
Following the Equator
Please click on the artists' names above to get to their websites!
Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Independence Day!
Blessings and light!