Kagoshima couple holds joint exhibition – Handmade jewelry decorates illustrations

PUBLISHED Nov 15, 2021

Yuka Tsukushi, calling for visitors

On November 15, a joint exhibition by a husband and wife, “I Wish…,” opened at Gallery POLANNCA in Meizancho, Kagoshima City. Taichi Shirouzu, the husband, is an illustrator and manga artist, and Yuka Tsukushi, the wife, is a handmade and manga artist.

The exhibition features the collaborative works of the couple – actual jewelry pieces made by Tsukushi adorn the women drawn by Shirouzu. This is the first time for the couple to have a joint gallery exhibition. The title, “I Wish…,” expresses their hope that the wishes of the wearers of the jewelry will come true.

The couple showcases ten collaborative works. The jewelry pieces made by Tsukushi, featuring Indian embroidered ribbon, resin, and beads, are also available for purchase, and earring parts can be changed to clip-ons or hooks at the venue.

Shirouzu mainly works as a manga background assistant, receiving work remotely from Tokyo and South Korea. In addition to being an active illustrator, he also works as a storyboard artist for commercial manga.

Tsukushi, a former nurse, has been making jewelry for ten years and sells her creations at the Tenmonkan Kids Market once a month. She also creates manga and publishes an essay manga, “Tsukushi and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Random Diary,” online as a chronicle of her own experiences with OCD.

Shirouzu added: “Please enjoy the combination of illustrations and jewelry. We have some items for sale, so I hope you will find something for yourself or as a gift for your loved one.”

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.. Free admission. The exhibition runs until November 21.

  • Exhibits at the exhibition “I Wish...”

  • Exhibits at the exhibition “I Wish...”

  • Exhibits at the exhibition “I Wish...”

  • An original manga by Yuka Tsukushi