Blurred and distorted, Musubu Hagi’s delicate illustrations are inspired by handmade glass

It is with this “fuzzy” approach that Musubu hopes to create a sense of darkness in the artworks which, in turn, hopefully allows the viewer to interpret them more freely. With the potential to invoke memories, Musubu invites people to place their personal experiences and feelings into the works. And, what Musubu appreciates the most is when people interpret the works with a completely unexpected meaning. “I try to express such ambiguity in my artwork and I hope it helps my audience’s imagination,” says the illustrator.

For us here at It’s Nice That, this is the defining quality of Musubu’s portfolio; the way he manages to be obscure yet simultaneously recognizable and tied to his own memories. In After the rain, the hijacked character at the end of the vehicle seems to capture the precise moment before a friend sees you’ve joined them on the bus. Or in Hold a bouquet, the depiction of the backseat of a car lit by the twinkling lights of roadside lampposts evokes the peaceful, childlike feelings of a late night road trip.

Now, Musubu is about to embark on a process of exploration and growth. This involves finding new materials and methods to keep creating, including a series of illustrations for a large craft market in Shizuoka – the biggest project to date.

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