Yoshie Allan :
Born in Fukushima, Japan, in 1979.
In my childhood, I always drew my imaginary world and ideas on paper before they became words. It was my best way of communicating with people and processing my unexplainable emotions.
I grew up with a passion for comic drawing, making things by hand, which was hugely inspired by my father and grandmother, and looking after my pets.
While I was at Nihon University studying to be a vet, I changed my direction and switched to studying fashion design at ESMOD JAPON in Tokyo.
My experience in the apparel industry was instrumental in my transition into a career as a freelance illustrator and fabric collage artist.
My first fabric art & story, ‘The most unusual tailors in the world’ was featured in a Japanese art and culture magazine in 2006, and my first book, “Yoshie Fondre,” was published around the same time.
Since then, I have been lucky to deliver my artwork to the world via various commissions and collaborations, including book illustrations, hand and digital collage for advertising and lifestyle products, up-cycled fabric artwork for exhibitions and events, interior pattern design, bespoke pet portraits, and more.
My recent original artworks reflect a deeper understanding of my own life philosophy, which I’ve gained through life experience. I love to express that with painting, drawing, paper-cutting, colourful fabric collage, and other artwork filled with limitless patterns inspired by nature.
Living in a lovely historic town near London for over 11 years, I have been enjoying my design work, online art shops and everyday nature exploring with dogs.
As I believe creation can make us feel and connect, I look forward to continuing my journey and sharing the inspiration with people at upcoming art fairs, exhibitions, workshops and anywhere my gut tells me to.
– Published book –
‘Yoshie Fondre’ (Kadokawa publishing, Japan 2006)
‘Ponportontan’ (Shodensha publishing, Japan 2007)
‘Tsukimimoza’ (Skyfish Graphix publishing, Japan 2008)
‘Giidoro and Marenkaren’ (Skyfish Graphix publishing, Japan 2009)
‘Happy Easter’ (Kumon publishing, Japan 2017)
– Exhibition –
‘Yoshie Fondre’ book launch solo exhibition, LAPNET SHIP Harajuku gallery, Tokyo Japan 2006.
‘Rumbling ranch.nuts : fabric art on hat’ group exhibition, LAPNET SHIP Harajuku gallery, Tokyo Japan 2007.
Group art exhibitions, book launch exhibitions, pop up gallery,
Tokyo and other regions in Japan 2007-2009.
‘Ego Eco’ up-cycled art group exhibition, Ginza AC gallery Tokyo Japan 2007.
‘Kiss the Earth’ 13 creators’ charity up-cycled fabric art exhibition,
ISETAN dept.store, Tokyo Japan 2010.
‘One night stand’ solo exhibition as Sas and Yosh, collaborative artist duo with Sarah Bellisario, London UK 2017.
‘ArigaTo The World’ group art exhibition, Sway Gallery London UK 2022, and more.
– Other works –
I have been working collaboratively with UK based artist Sarah Bellisario, at design house ‘Sas and Yosh’ (sasandyosh.com) since 2014.
We create digital collage illustrations and interior pattern designs for murals, books and lifestyle products.