CV & About Me

Chie Kutsuwada was born and brought up in Japan.
After graduating Royal College of Art, now she lives and works in London as a manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around UK, such as British Libraries and Victoria and Albert Museum. She usually creates story and illustration on her own like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga, but also works with story writers, such as 'As You Like It' (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and 'Hagakure' by T Yamamoto (adopted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha International, Tokyo)


Contact
Email Address: chitan.garden@gmail.com
Website: http://chitan-garden.blogspot.com/ (info and news)
                http://umisen-yamasen.blogspot.com/ (group website)


Education
2003 - 05   MA in Printmaking, Royal College of Art
2000 - 03   BA in Fine Art
                  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
1999 - 00   Foundation studies in Art and Design
                  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Publications
2006-07           King of a Miniature Garden Vol1-4 (self-published)
                        Featured in Neo Magazine and Advanced Photoshop
2007 Oct         The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2 (Robinson, London)
2008 Oct         The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 (Robinson, London)
         Nov        As You Like  It (Self Made Hero, London)
2009                Featured in Manga Quake 7 (Futurequake Press)
                        Computer Art Project (tutorial)
                        Mooky Chick web magazine (interview)
2010 Sep         Hagakure (Kodansha International, Tokyo)
2011 Feb         Story Of Lee (NBM, NY)

Event, Exhibition and workshop

Regularly appears at events such as London MCM Expo (May and October) and annual HiEx, Inverness (workshop and as a panel)
Also running several workshops at libraries and schools around UK.

2010 April          As you like it: the power of subversion in Manga comics
                          Talk with Ilya at Firstsite, Colchester
         June         Nema Con, Peterborough
         July          Artist in residence, Sainsbury's Centre of Visual Art, Norwich
         August     MANGA UK (exhibition curated by Ilya),
                          Idea Store Whitechapel Gallery, London
         Oct           Hyper Japan (workshop and manga portrait)
         Oct-Dec   That's Novel! (exhibition organized by Paul Gravett), London
         Nov          Barbican Cosplay Extravaganza, Barbican Art Gallery, London

2009 Feb          Japanese Festival, Richmond
         March      Art of Japan workshop, Japan Embassy, London
         May         Aberdeen Word Festival, Aberdeen Scotland
                         (workshop, book signing and as a panel)
                         Arctic Comic Festival, Kemi, Finland
                         (as a panel and book signing)
         August     Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
                         (workshops and book signing)
         Oct          Manga workshop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
                         Beowulf workshop, British Library, London
         Nov         Music and Manga workshop, Wigmore Hall, London
         Dec         "What makes manga Manga?" talk at British Museum, London

2008 Jan-Mar   Manga Jiman Competition winners' exhibition, Japan Embassy, London
         March      Classic Comics, Herefordshire Council (as a panel)
         Oct          Comica at ICA, London (as a panel and book signing)
         Nov          Book signing at Orbital Manga, London

2007 March      UK Web & Mini Comix Thing, London
         May         Comic Expo Bristol, Bristol
        June         Manga Jiman Exhibition at Japan Embassy, London
        July          Japan Expo, Paris France
        Oct           Comica at ICA, London (as a panel)

2006 Oct          24 Hour Comics Day at ICA, London
                         Comica at ICA, London (as a panel)
                         London MCM Expo, London
                         Manga Day at the Cartoon Museum, London
         Nov         International Anime and Manga Festival, London (as a panel)

Award
2008 Jan          Manga Jiman competition organized by Japan Embassy,
                         Joint 6th place