Hey, I'm Bailey Hikawa, an artist and designer born and raised in Los Angeles.
I received a BFA in Painting and Textiles from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. My work has ranged from painting, sculpture, art direction, theatrical set design, immersive installation, surreal sculpture and experimental performance. Inevitably, all mediums that contribute to the way I think about functional, sculptural, and artful objects.
The journey to these phone cases has been a long one. In 2017, I began developing the idea for sculptural phone cases that all started with me gluing a giant piece of wood to the back of my phone case. Many prototypes and iterations later, I officially launched the first two designs of the KAME collection, Geta and Poki, in December of 2019.
Here is the only picture I can find of the first phone case I ever made:
KAME, meaning “Turtle” in Japanese, referss to the line of sculptural iPhone cases designed and hand-fabricated by me in my Los Angeles studio.
A metaphor for a shell of a brain, KAME designs are sculptural, functional, and ergonomic phone cases that protect and style your phone.
We use our phones a lot these days. The phone seems to be getting thinner and smaller as technology moves forward. I personally believe in object-hood that responds to the body and KAME is that response to the disappearing phone. I get a lot of joy from making a product that not only takes a new approach to our relationship to our phones and technology, but makes it look and feel better.
At the studio, all assitants receive a living hourly wage of a minimum of $18 an hour. The work we do is labor intensive and under-appreciated in many fields. Our shop prices reflect the studio beliefs that a well-made and hand-made product is worth the wait and the quality of labor.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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