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MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2D graphic design, study with Archtecture design in two years.

Scholarchip student: Ernest A.Jones Scholarchip from Cranbrook Academy of Art


BFA,Tama Art University,Graphic Design/Advertising design course, Tokyo JAPAN 

Internship and work experience:KDDI,Alfalfa design studio, Stefana McClure studio, New York City U.S.A. / Edhv, Eindhoven Netherlands/konzart studio, Berlin Germany




2015 Serected as a Adobe Creative Jam young designer NYC 

Adobe Creative Jam open tonament 4th.

2015 Nominated as a finalist “Cranbrook Museum permanent collection 2015

Graduate Degree Exhibition Aword”

Selected as a drawing artist by Museum of contemporary Art Detroit.(MOCAD)


Mercedes-Benz Show 2014

Ernest A.Jones Scholarchip from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2013/ 2014

Cranbrook Art Museum T-shirts design contest,  2014

Graphic design Five kan gen Tokyo award,2011

Advertising design selection award,2010
The most-valuable student award intramural tournament of Tama Art University (Judging / Committee include presidents of dentu and hakuhodo; he largest advertisement company in Japan and many famouse graphic designers. )
Tamagonokoubou award,2009
Five Art University Kan award inTokyo,2009
Graphic of Young Artist Exhibition under the auspices of the Sankei Newspaper Building of Tokyo,2009




IKEA,They Might be Giants, New York Alfalfa Studio, Cranbrook Art Museum,Yamaha music, Fuji,Fujiya, The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Kotobukiya, Taitou war office Tokyo, Tokyo art university Bach Kantate orchestra, Mitaka Jr. Orchestra, Asakusa City Guide, Kamiya Bar, AoiMarusin, Komagata doseu, Matuki, Funawa, Hanayasiki, Toriyosi, Mitaka city Jr.Orcestra club mikinokai, Mitaka harp club, Towa shokai, Nihon IMI, Fuji P and B, Siricon cafe, Ado Sela, Shuntaro Tanikawa,  Advansed sistem Japan, Tachikawa Seimitu Kougyou, and many music artists and shops



DesignBoom had future Aya Kawabata work for Milan Design Week.

Italian Fashion Textile Magazine had future Aya Kawabata 

SAIC article had futere Aya Kawabata and Chahee choi collaboration work

Tokyo newspaper had a special future on Aya Kawabata’s design
Tokyo newspaper had future Aya Kawabata’s ‘exhibition
Tokyo news paper had future Aya Kawabata’s exhibition” WAKABA SOUNFUUKEI”
A Cable TV program had a special future on Aya Kawabata’s exhibition at Asakusa Tokyo.
Tama Art University best drowing book had future Aya Kawabata’s drowings.


Graphic designer / Art director / illustrator
Graphic design / branding / advertising / illustration



Adobe Creative Jam NYC presentation. MoMA PS1, Art Book Fair, printedmutter presents, New York

P339 Gallery New York.

SALONE DEL MOBILE MILAN DESIGN WEEL 2015, Dutch Inverturals Body Language, Visual illustration

CHICAGO EXPO 2014/ SAIC official Korean Graduate Student Community Logoand poster /

Adobe Muse " New York" website/ graphic designer, Cooper Union " Image of  the studio 2013/ graphic designer, Shuntaro Tanikawa exhibition “Portry Clock” / Graphic DesignerTobuki sports park art direction and director of design team,12musical Tokyo exhibition / Art Director,Wakaba exhibition at Asakusa Koukaido / Art Direction and designer,Sensou Temple of guide and imfomation design and art direction.,Taito eria of guide design,Asakusa progect package design progect,Music and Design consert sesision progect at Tokyo / Art Direction /Main designer


Taotou-ku sightseeing guide,Bach Kantate orchestra (They will play at Carnegy holl with New York fill)
Mitaka Jr.Orchestra, Mikinokai, Kazeno quintet , Segaway Project in Tokyo




2015 StereoType, The New School Persons, NYC, U.S.A.

2015 MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair, NYC

2015 Grafil Oslo summer design program exhibition, Oslo Norway

2015 Cranbrook Museum. MI, Graduation exhibition, U.S.A

2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan Design Week. Milan, Italy

2015 Paris Design Week D'Design. Duch invertural "Body language". Paris

2014 Liminal Space’s first exhibition UP & AT EM,Chicago U.S.A.

2014 StereoType: New directions in typograohy, BSA space in Boston U.S.A.

2014 CICAGO EXPO, Chicago Naivy pier U.S.A.

2014 Mercedes-Benz Show U.S.A.

2014 Form Garally show, Cranbrook Academy of Art U.S.A.

2013 Form Garally show, Cranbrook Academy of Art

2013 "Image of the Studio" Cooper Union, NYC


2008-2011 Japan

2008 Design Festa Tokyo
2009 Five Art University Exhibition, Tokyo
2009 Shimokitazawa Live Painting, Tokyo
2009 Design Festa Tokyo
2010 Sankei Building Young Artist Exhibition, Sankei Building Hall, Tokyo
2010 Uzumakeba, Tokyo
2010 Tamagono Koubou Exhibition, Tokyo
2010 Tama Art University Graphic Design Selected Works, Tokyo
2011 Gyakusekai, Tokyo
2011 Sabinyac Omargu, Ikebukuro Sansain Building, Tokyo
2011 Peace Project Exhibition, Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo
2011 Chips, Yokohama Aka Renga Souko, Tokyo
2011 Wakaba Sounofukei, Asakusa Koukaidou, Tokyo
2011 Wakaba Sounofukei, Kamiya Restaurant, Tokyo
2011 Tama Art University Graphic Design Graduate Works Exhibition, Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo



Music Education
I began learning to play the violin and piano at the age of four.  I continued my study of classical music at Kunitachi Music University in Japan, under the private mentorship of Hiroaki Oseki and Nobuko Shimada. 

Orchestral Experience

2010 Vienna Philharmonic Seifert Quartet Orchestra, as a concertmaster and a chair player​

2010 AE Violin Unit

2008-2011 Tokyo University Bach Kantate Orchestra

2007-2008 Five Art University Orchestra, as a chair player

2005 Hawaii Youth Orchestra, as a violin soloist

2003 Tokyo Mitaka Quintet, as a violinist

2003-2006 Kunitachi University Orchestra
2002-2006 Mitaka Jr Orchestra, as a chair player


2015 violin performance at Cranbrook Museum 

2011 NHK TV program “Sakamoto Ryuichi Scholar”, as a violinist

2010 Mitaka City Hall Altan Concert

2010 The Vienna Philharmonic Seifert Quartet Orchestra
2008 Mitaka Ghibli Museum Opening Concert


2010 Movie “ Mil Nine”
2010 Short film animation” Inu” “ Mawaru yoru”
2011 Short film animation “ Aohigesan”

Artists work for

Vienna Philharmonic Seifert Quartet Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Altan, Mitaka Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Mozart Players, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Daisuke Tutsumi, Chanhee Choi, Ayako Aratani


Graphic Designer / Art Director / Illustrator / Artist



2015 she graduate MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2D graphic design depertment.

Aya studied Archtecture design as a elective student in Master program.

Her new work showed at Salone del Mobile Design week in Italy, Paris D'days Design week, MoMA PS1 NYC this year. 


2015 she is working for Dutch Invertural in Netherlans, IKEA sweden, They Might be Giants, and collaboration project in germany.


​​A​ya designed package design, CD jackets, art direction, logo mark, music video for  artists, restaurants, and companies. Her works showed at the many famous galleries in Japan. In 2010, She and her​ exhibitions featured three times by Tokyo News Paper  and TV ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​program​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ as a graphic designer and an artist.​​​


She was born in Tokyo and studied at the Tama Art University.


She studied classic music as a violinist from age  4 to 18 at Kunitachi Music University. She played as a solo violin player at Youth orchestra in Hawaii age of 14, as a concertmaster and chair player Vienna Philharmonic Seifelt Quartet youth Orchestra in tokyo. perfomed as a part of orchestra at Ryuich Sakamoto NHK TV show, Hayao Miyazaki museum opening celemony, Altan concert in Tokyo. After age 18, she start to interested in connection between visual and sounds. graphic design world. 




東京生まれの日本人グラフィックデザイナー、イラストレーター、アートディレクター、テキスタイルデザイナー、アーティスト。多摩美術大学グラフィックデザイン学科卒業。国立音楽大学付属高校ヴァイオリン専攻卒業。​​​​​​​​​Cranbrook Academy of Art大学院のグラフィックデザイン学部の特待生として在籍、卒業。大学院時代は副専攻として建築デザインを2年間学んだ。卒業制作は同大学美術館の永久保存作品のファイナリストとしてノミネートされた。オランダのデザインスタジオEDHV、オランダデザインチームDutchInvertiral の国外デザイナーとして所属。


2013年、​ニューヨークAdobeMuse のウェブチーム、クーパーユニオンのDesign of the studioにて展示。2014,2015年メルセデスベンツショー出展。2015年、ミラノ•サローネ国際家具見本市デザインウィークDutch Inverturalsの依頼を受け、ポスター等の総合ビジュアルを手掛ける。スウェーデンIKEAより2017年度のアーティストとして招待を受けている。ノルウェーで制作した作品をニューヨーク近代美術館MoMA PS1のアートブックフェアで発表、ドイツでのプロジェクトをニューヨークで同時進行制作中。




アーティストとしての展示は、池袋サンシャインビル、代官山ヒルサイドテラス、恵比寿ガーデンヒルズ、ビックサイト、横浜赤煉瓦倉庫、浅草公会堂、サンケイビル、シカゴ EXPO、シカゴルミナルギャラリー、デトロイト現代美術館、フォーラムギャラリー、クランブルック美術館、メルセデスベンツショー、ミラノサローネ、など。




音楽経歴:国立音楽大学教授: 大関博明氏に個人師事、​MJO団員、ハワイ​​ユースオーケストラにてソリスト(14歳)、美大進学後、ウィーンフィル・ザイフェルトワークショップオーケストラにて首席コンサートミストレス、東京藝術大学音楽部バッハカンタータ演奏クラブ在籍、NHK番組坂本龍一スコラ出演など。短編映画やアニメーションの作曲、演奏等も過去に手掛けている。スタジオジブリ美術館やアルタンの日本公演など、ジュニア時代のオーケストラの一員としてエキストラ参加している。音楽とアートを組み合わせたワークショップなども東京芸術大学音楽部、CranbrookAcademicArtにて行った。



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