For the 4th installment of ‘My Dream Curator’——in which our gifting experts pick an idol they’d love to collaborate with——we find our first international entry: the Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki, picked by Emiliano. If you haven’t read the other entries, get caught up with Lindsay’s, Nora’s, and Sarah M.’s picks. All set? Now read on to see what Emiliano would curate with his favorite filmmaker…
Curator name: Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki is best known for titles such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro. However, over his thorough career spanning six decades long, he’s won numerous awards and is recognized as one of the greatest animators, manga artists, illustrators, producers, and screenwriters of our lifetime.
What makes his works so fascinating are their depth and imagination. His animation style incorporates beautifully hand drawn characters complemented with digital animation, creating wonderful self-contained worlds. Allegory is also often used in his films along with characters who feature complex or unknown motivation and plots that weave in real world concepts like love, religion, war and peace, and the will to survive.
Miyazaki would make a great Quarterly curator because everything he creates is meaningful and leaves you impacted with new ideas and concepts of reality that challenge your beliefs and challenge you to imagine and create a better world. His movies’ positive endings always leave you with hope.
Included in my hypothetical #MYZ01:
Spirited Away Music Box
Most of Miyazaki’s films are composed and conducted by Joe Hisaishi, and performed by the Japanese Philharmonic. I remember seeing this one as a kid in the theatre with my brother, and hearing the score always brings me back to that place in my head where I keep all of the visual imagery and feeling I got from watching this film. This little music box is perfect to have around when you need to escape or draw inspiration.
DIY Totoro Doll or Totoro Doll
It’s hard not to fall in love with Totoro, the big lovable bear-like forest spirit from My Neighbor Totoro. To me Totoro is much more than just a stuffed animal, but because of his role as a spirit of good in the movie, he is a constant reminder that there is someone, in this world or the next, looking over us.
The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle
Although all of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies are amazing visually, Howl’s Moving Castle is arguably one of the most stunning in his arsenal. For example, the door to Howl’s house is also a teleporter and with the flip of a dial it can lead to faraway lands. I thought this art book would be a nice coffee table conversation piece to have around.
Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons
Miyazaki is at heart an artist so this intro book to drawing faces for comics and cartoons seems like a great fit. Perhaps you will unlock your inner artist or maybe you can just have a good time using the sketchbook as an outlet or journal. Either way I think Miyazaki would be happy you tried something new. If you are an artist then the quality of the sketchbook and pencil are sure to get you excited too. Perhaps Miyazaki himself would include a special tip or drawing if he were a curator!
Palomino Blackwing Pencils
This pencil is characterized by slightly softer lead, quality graphite, unique shape, and replacement erasers. Mr. Miyazaki may not use this pencil himself, but it certainly meets the standard of quality of a professional cartoonist.
Chrome Magma Sketchbook
This sketchbook just might become your favorite possession. The quality of it could literally inspire one to create the next Bugs Bunny or perhaps the next famous American poem. And if you’re going to have a quality pencil you’re going to need something quality to write and draw in.
Thanks, Emiliano! Tune in next week for Mark’s pick for dream Quarterly curator.