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About Kaori Hamura Long : Kaori Hamura Long is an artist, illustrator, and character designer based in Japan and the United States. No matter what media she uses, she creates with a passion and the mission for world peace and protecting the environment. Kaori has made a picture book app to teach children about equality and tolerance and several animations about protecting our environment. She also creates paintings to uplift our spirits and address awareness about caring for our earth. Since Kaori was little, the only thing she could do well was drawing. She comes from a family of artists, and she did not doubt that she could live on her art as well. Although it has not been an easy road for her and had many ups and downs, she has never given up her dream of making a living on her art. She has created animations for MTV Video Music Awards, Oxygen TV and created hundreds of characters for TV animation and feature films. She has done numerous magazine illustrations and worked in many different fields such as animation, product design, web design. Through these experiences, she could work in any style according to the clients' needs. But she has always created her artworks aside from commercial work. She is continuously working nights and weekends on her paintings, picture books, apps, and animation with the message of equality, world peace, and environmental protection while she supports her family. She comes from a multicultural background and has lived in different parts of the world, and her broad perspective can contribute to the world through her art with a positive message of love for all living things.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Kaori Hamura Long believes that art and design's power is to communicate with others through imagery, whether it's the feelings, statements, or just beauty of creative imagination. Art and creation is the source of life and the universe. Drawing has always been the passion of her life, and she expresses the moving energy of nature and mind. Spontaneous visualizations of kinetic energy and spirit have always been her theme. At the same time, she is conscious of connecting with others from the image she creates. She feels that we are all interconnected, and she hopes to touch and help others through her art. Life inspires her, and she loves the freedom of creativity. Art is the purpose of her life, and she wants to use her art to lift people's spirits, promote world peace, and protect the environment.

ORGANIZATION:
Moss Moon Studio

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Artist, painter Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
• Bachelor of Fine Arts , Parsons School of Design, New York, U.S.A. / Paris, France
• A.A. in English, Sophia Junior College, Tokyo, Japan

EXPERIENCE:
• Picture Book Illustrator : “Firefly Princess", eBook Partnership/ Google Books, 2020
• Picture Book Illustrator : “Young Yogi and The Mind Monsters” Atmosphere Press, 2017~ 2019
• Picture Book App Author/Illustrator/Programmer/ App Developer:” Kappa Jizo”, 2016~ 2018
• Illustrator/ Character Designer: Moss Moon Studio
• Freelance illustrator: Google, New York Press, Interview, Time Out, Mademoiselle, CosmoGirl !, Ray Gun,
New Times, Boston’s Weekly Dig, Pubrain Japan and others, 1996- 2012
• Character Designer (Nickelodeon TV) for The Tom Lynch Co., L.A. and Out Of The Blue, NYC , 2012-2013
• Product Designer: Wrought Iron and Ceramic Design, Mesa International, NH, 2006- 2013
• Instructor: Character Design, The Center for Cartoon Studies, VT, 2007- 2010
• Character Designer: Captain Itch, Nickelodeon Animation, NYC, 2005
• Flash animator/director: Teen Wire, P.P.F.A., NYC, 2004
• Character Designer/ Flash Inker: Gary The Rat, TNN/Nickelodeon Animation, NYC, 2002-2003
• Creator/Director: Bootie Boogie, X-Chromosome Web animation and Television Pilot,
Oxygen Media LLC, NYC, 2000-2001
• Senior Character Designer: Feature films, Daria, MTV Animation, NYC, 2000 -2001
• Character Designer: TV series DownTown, Daria, MTV Animation, 1999-2001
• T-shirt designer: Anna Sui, Liquid Sky Records, Patricia Field , NYC, 1996-1998
• Clay Model Maker: Celebrity DeathMatch, MTV Animation, NYC, 1998
• Creator/Director: MTV2 Station I.D., NYC, 1996
• Creator/Director: MTV Video Music Awards , Package Animation and Design, NYC, 1995
• Senior Character Designer : Beavis & Butt-Head, Feature film and TV seasons, MTV Animation, NYC

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
• Moss Moon Solo Show, Mique, Tokyo, Japan, 2019
• Moss Moon Studio Solo Show,Umeda Loft, Osaka, Japan, 2015
• Moss Moon Studio Solo Show, Tenjin Loft, Fukuoka, Japan, 2014
• Kaori Hamura: Dream Seasons, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT, 2008
• Moss Moon: New Works, Gallery In The Woods, Brattleboro,VT, 2007
• Moss Moon Solo Show, Gallery In The Woods, Brattleboro,VT, 2005

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
• Japan Illustrator’s Society Show for Kumamoto Earthquake, Creation Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016
• Too Art for TV – 5, Erebuni Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
• Titmouse Art Exhibition, Gettigloss, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
• I’m Anime-rican, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
• Tribute to Gygax Show, Titmouse, Hollywood, CA, 2008
• The 4th Annual Altpick Awards Show, Bellevarado Studios Los Angeles, CA, 2008
• Get a Grip 2008 Show, My Plastic Heart, New York CIty, NY, 2008
• Big Money Art Auction, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2007
• Moss Moon: New Works, Gallery In The Woods, Brattleboro,VT, 2007
• Shady Characters, Live With Animals Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
• Character At War!, Zentralbuero, Berlin, Germany, 2004
• Pictoplasma Book Exhibition, Zakka, New York, NY, 2004
• Contemporary Character Design, Future Is Now Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
• The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles/ West 41 Annual, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
• Decked Out , Culture Cache Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2002
• Super Hero, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, 2002

EVENTS:
•Ocean Cleanup Volunteer, Ocean Conservancy, 2012-2019
•Participating Artist for Art Project for Kumamoto Earthquake, 2017

AWARDS:
•The United Nations 75th anniversary Poster Awards, 2020
• Silver Awards, The Illustration West 41 Annual Awards, The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, 2007
• Altpick Awards, Illustration Series, Altpick New York, 2012
• Deans List and Institutional Scholarship, Parsons School of Design, New York

PRESS APPEARANCES:
• 2020, "Amabie", NPR, U.S.A., https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-upda
tes/2020/04/22/838323775/in-japan-mythical-amabie-
emerges-from-19th-century-folklore-to-fight-covid-
19
• 2020, "Amabie", Atlas Obscura, U.S.A., https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/japanese-hea
ling-spirit-covid-19
• 2020, "Amabie",The Economist, U.K., https://www.1843magazine.com/upfront/all-the-rage/
amabie-the-mythical-creature-making-a-coronavirus-
comeback
• 2019, "Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters", Atmosphere Press, U.S.A., https://atmospherepress.com/books/young-yogi-and-t
he-mind-monsters-by-sonja-radvila-kaori-hamura-lon
g-illustator/
• 2018, Interview, Creators Station, Japan, http://www.creators-station.jp/jobcat/graphic/3819
0
• Editorial Illustrations, U.S.A., Interview Magazine, TimeOut New York, Mademoiselle, New York Press etc..
• Hot Wired Magazine, U.S.A. https://www.wired.com/1996/12/computers-are-like-i
nescapable-beavis/

BOOKS:
• “Firefly Princess", eBook Partnership/ Google Books, 2020
• "Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters" by Sonja Radvila (Author), Kaori Hamura Long (Illustrator), Atmosphere Press, U.S.A., isbn 978-1-64633-076-8 https://www.amazon.com/Young-Yogi-Monsters-Sonja-R
advila/dp/1646330765

• 2018 "Kappa Jizo", Picture Book App, Apple Store https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kappa-jizo/id1251813
530?ls=1

• Pictoplasma 2: Contemporary Character Design (Vol 2) Hardcover by Peter Thaler (Author)

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Native|Near Native in English & Japanese
Pre-Intermediate|Beginner in Italian & French

COMPUTER LITERACY:
• Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, After Effect, Fresco, Clip Studio Art, Kwik and Blender

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
Instructor: Character Design, The Center for Cartoon Studies, VT, 2007- 2010

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Symposium, 2015

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
•Japan Illustrators Society
• Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

COLLECTIONS:
• "Dream Seasons", Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT, 2008

HOBBIES:
Painting, hiking, biking, gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, playing with her child, and animals.

CLIENTELE:
• Freelance illustrator: Google, Interview, Time Out New York, New York Press, Mademoiselle, CosmoGirl !, Anna Sui, New Times, Boston’s Weekly Dig, and others, 1996- 2012
• Character Designer & Director: MTV Animation, Nickelodeon Animation, Oxygen Media, Sesame Workshop, 1993-2018

WEB SITE:
http://mossmoon.com/

PORTFOLIO URL:
http://kaorihamura.com/

RSS URL:
https://www.instagram.com/kaorihamuralong/

REGISTRATION DATE:
2020-02-27 23:41:08

COUNTRY:
Japan

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Kaori Hamura Long


Young Yogi Book Illustration

A' Design Award Winner for Print and Published Media Design Category in 2020
Kaori Hamura Long for Atmosphere Press, Sonja Radvila
Kappa Jizo Picture Book App

A' Design Award Winner for Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design Category in 2020
Kaori Hamura Long for Moss Moon Studio

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