SLOW LABEL is a participatory handmade brand, creating items that cannot be mass-produced. Slow Factory in Dōgo is the name of a project undertaken by SLOW LABEL in cooperation with Dōgo Arcade. Together they developed an original character called Yudaman, based on the yudama motif. They have produced an animated movie featuring the people of the shopping arcade as Yudaman clay figures with the aim of creating a new local brand product line.
Shinko is a graduate of Musashino Art University’s Department of Scenography, Display & Fashion Design.
She studied for a year on Image Forum’s animation course while working at a web design firm, before starting her own animation and video projects. She is especially adept at creating animation with clay and resin figures. Screenings include the Himeji International Short Film Festival in 2007 and Image Forum Cinematheque. Awards include the 2nd Tamura Film Festival Award and the ASK? Film Festival 2012 Kuri Yoji Novice Award.
She studied business design in Milan, after which she traveled the world while basing herself in both Tokyo and Milan. She creates “social entertainment” projects in partnership with specialists in various fields and local people. She developed bone cancer in her right leg in 2010 and the following year began a new life with a disability. She was appointed as the director of the Yokohama Rendez-vous Project and founded SLOW LABEL. She currently designs and develops all the brand’s products and projects.