It has been decided that a collaborative project between “Hello Kitty” and France’s popular fictional characters “Lisa and Gaspard” will be carried out.
“Lisa and Gaspard” are fictional characters created by the couple Anne Gutman
(text) and Georg Hallensleben (illustration). Their first book was published in France in 1999 and 40 titles have been published here in Japan since the year 2000. The total number of books published is two million. The characters that appear in the books are “Lisa,” a girl with white body and red scarf and “Gaspard,” a boy with black body and blue scarf. Officially, Gaspard and Lisa are “neither dogs nor rabbits” but their exact species is not clear. What is clear is that they are both residents of Paris. They go to school and have many friends but they are “eternal friend” to each other.
For this collaborative project, the creators of these two characters, Anne Gutman, and Georg Hallensleben and the designer of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, Yuko Yamaguchi got together in South Paris and drew seven oil paintings.
This is a first for “Lisa and Gaspard” to collaborate with some other character. From 2018, Sanrio will sell products based on these oil paintings and there is a plan to hold many special events in different categories.
▶︎The creators of “Lisa and Gaspard,” Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben have this comment about this project:
“It is still unbelievable that Yamaguchi-san came all the way to our attelier to draw paintings with us! We had a great time in the atteliers both in Paris and in South France. We wish to collaborate with her again.”
▶︎The designer of Hello Kitty, Yuko Yamaguchi (Sanrio) has this comment：
“I first saw “Lisa and Gaspard” when they were selected as the CM characters of Pasco in 2006.
I was surprised that these characters were drawn in oils and this experience fueled and sparked my imagination. I am pleased that this collaborative project finally came to realization 11 years after I saw these characters for the first time.”
Do not miss this collaboration between “Lisa and Gaspard” and “Hello Kitty!”
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