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Nine years ago the now-defunct website Mekas posted a fascinating interview with the brilliant Japanese fashion critic Takeji Hirakawa, in which he held forth on the state of fashion, Japanese youth culture, Undercover, Number (N)ine, and Comme des Garcons, among other topics....

Kei Shigenaga decided to become a jewelry maker because he saw it as an intersection of fashion and sculpture, two things he's been interested in for a long time. "I feel that jewelry is not simply something fashionable, but it can be an art object...

In art, the tension between artistic expression and commercial work is nothing new. Every artist dreams of being unfettered by commercial constraints; some good ones get to pour their creativity into commercial work; for the lucky few it can even pave a path to art...

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