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The Big Interview … Audrey Kawasaki

The Big Interview … Audrey Kawasaki

December 1st, 2014 / The LTD/EDN Big Interview

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AUDREY KAWASAKI HAS HAD AN ACTION PACKED FEW MONTHS – HER SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES HAVE BEEN PACKED WITH AMAZING PHOTOS FROM HER RECENT SHOW AT THE MERRY KARNOSKY GALLERY  (ALONGSIDE TARA MCPHERSON AND DEEDEE CHERIEL), THERE ARE ALSO THE OBLIGATORY PHOTOS OF BEAUTIFUL FOOD AND DRINKS, BUT HOLD ON! AMONGST HER BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF PHOTOS OF… WAIT FOR IT… NORWICH.
IN THE UK, NORWICH, UNFAIRLY PERHAPS, HAS SOMEWHAT OF LESS THAN GLAMOROUS REPUTATION. IT COULDN’T BE MORE DIFFERENT THAN AUDREY’S HOME CITY OF LOS ANGELES. SO WE HAD TO FIND OUT JUST EXACTLY WHAT AUDREY HAD BEEN DOING IN THE WET AND WILD FLATLANDS OF NORFOLK?

LTD/EDN: Hi Audrey, let’s cut to the chase, Norwich? Norfolk? What is going on?

Audrey: My fiance lives there!

 

Fiance? Wow, congratulations, that’s lovely news and explains a lot! So will we see a lot more of you in the UK? We’re not expecting Norwich to be the home to your next solo show, but how do you like Norwich, Norfolk and the UK?

I’ve visited Norwich a total of three times this year (with a fourth on the way), and spend a good amount of it exploring the surrounding Norfolk areas.
I fell in love pretty much at first sight. Soooo unlike where I grew up in LA. Its’ like a fairy tale world really, with its history and old building and cobble stone streets, so much character.
I was worried the cold and cloudy skies would be tough for me, but when walking through the city, you realize its very fitting, and all a part of the beauty of the landscape.

 

What are your favourite Norfolk hotspots?  Have you tried a Full English breakfast? And what about the Great British pint at a Great British pub? A fan?  

Yes! my first full English Breakfast was at this little place called House. it was amazing! You don’t hear people rave about English foods, but actually food standards are so much better/higher there. Fresh ingredients, even fast food places tasted and felt much better than American ones.
Pub food is great. I’m not much of a beer drinker (more of a wine and cocktail drinker), but love the meat pies, fish and chips, bangers and mash. Indian food is also excellent there!
I also love how cafes and coffee houses often have delicious sandwiches ready to go. The bread and cheese there is so yummy. Oh! and seafood! Cromer crabs! prawns! every other day I’ll get one of those seafood cups from street vendor/markets.

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One thing Norfolk is famous for are turkeys! Will it be turkey for Christmas this year? Where will you be for the holidays? Any Holiday traditions?

I don’t do turkey much, but I did meet a Norfolk Black Turkey. he was magnificent. The low rumbly noise they make!
This Christmas, hopefully I will be in Norwich with Rob, my fiance. It’ll be our first Christmas together.
I’m very excited to experience the winter holidays in a cold place, looking forward to the cozy warmness, next to a fire place, with yummy hot foods and drinks.

 

This time last year we released your now sold out Limited Edition silk scarf ‘Under the Full Moon’, it found it’s way under a lot of Christmas trees! Is there anything you are hoping will be under your tree this Christmas?

Um. can’t thinking of anything in particular.

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Can you remember what was your favourite Christmas gift when you were a child? Or the gift you always hoped for?

It must have been the Super Nintendo. My little brother and I were all about it. Mario, Donkey-Kong, Sim-Ant, Mario Paint.

 

So aside from getting engaged and your new found love of Norfolk, do you have any other revelations that might surprise us?

I can be a video game geek sometimes and my favorite book/audiobook setting is post-apocalyptic.

 

Video games? What type of games do you play? What are your all time favourite games?

I like RPG’s and first person shooter adventure games, with a strong story line.
‘Fallout 3’  can quite possible be my favorite, as of now. but then again, ‘Last of Us’ and ‘Dishonored’ were really good too.
I also love city building simulation, building, managing, and growing.

 

And what post-apocalyptic books should we be checking out?

Hmmm, I’ve gone through so many, mostly audiobooks when working. I can’t really recall a specific one though..

 

Most sane people fully acknowledge that one day the Zombie apocalypse will be upon us, how will you cope? How are your survival skills?

In my head I’m a tough bad ass!! but in reality probably not so much…

I could never get sick of mysteries, ghost stories, and strange and creepy things.

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So Halloween must a favourite holiday then?  We loved your Boardwalk Empire costumes in 2013. What was your costume this year?

I was Ramen Noodles! hand made, hand sewn with felt.  I think making crafty things may be one of my favorite past times.  (oh i love cooking too!)

 

Lastly one question about your work! What’s up next?  Anything you are really excited about?

No big solo shows this year, a few group shows scheduled for next year, and I will be curating a fun show in the summer at Giant Robot.
I’m putting together a book of my works, hopefully that will be ready at some point.

Also, possibly attempting at my first mural painting!

 

Wow! Where is this lucky wall? Please say Norwich…

There’s a few talks here and there. will keep you posted, but no, not Norwich. I need to do a solo show in the UK though someday.

 

We need that too! Thank you Audrey and Happy Holidays!

 

For your chance to win all four of Audrey’s new pillow editions, PLUS her sold out silk scarf and cup & saucer, follow the link below! Competition ends Sunday 7th December

 

 

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Comments (2)

  1. Jallena Love says:

    Love Audkawa and her art so much! An inspiration always. Wish to win this once in a lifetime chance of having this HUGE CHRISTMAS GIFT. ♥

  2. haylee says:

    I will go all the way to Norfolk to see her!

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