Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

CANCELLED: Forward Festival appearance

Really sad to announce I won’t be speaking at upcoming  Forward Festival in Berlin in August.
I have two books due at the end of summer / early fall, and I have come tothe conclusion that if I traveled this summer I would not meet the deadlines.
Maybe I get to come speak at their future event(s), but sadly not this time.

I didn’t mean to announce this publicly, but a few people, friends and otherwise, asked me about my talk in Berlin, and a few of you had already booked the tickets.
you will have an incredible time attending Forward Festival I guarantee it. I love they have so much fun stuff happening both on stage and off. They go out of their way to look for inspiring and cool speakers you may have never seen before at any of the design festivals you have attended.
(I spoke at their previous Vienna event and loved the energy of it.)

I’ll be a hermit this whole summer but I’ll travel again from late fall. Other than Qvarantine Eents in October there is nothing to officially announce yet, but I will be off from teaching at @Ssvanyc for a year, and I plan on taking advantage of my upcoming flexible schedule.

I’m in talks to come to Egypt for a workshop with middle eastern artists, maybe back to Barcelona, to Mexico City and to Singapore… all WIP at the moment. I’ll make sure to announce when any of them become official.
Thank you for your kind understanding.