He selects the colour of his wool and when he works, he moves the needle up and down very quickly. The soft wool he started with turns into felt. He was taught the technique by Atelier Corner’s support staff, but he has since taken it into his own hands, instinctively working with the materials.
Okawa doesn’t create a practice piece; there are no models or samples to work from. It takes him a couple of days to a week to complete a ‘Makoot.’ His ‘Makoots,’ however, can sometimes be seen in his 2D work, and no two ‘Makoots’ have the same facial expression. Their forms also vary: from the human figure, to worms and octopuses.
Most of Okawa’s dolls are creatures born from his imagination, although more recently he has been using his favourite actor –Tetsuya Takeda –as a motif. The dolls are 3D depictions of happiness, anger, sadness and pleasure; when Okawa is happier, his dolls are softer, with more gentle facial expressions. They may well be his alter egos.
When he works on his ‘Makoot’ figures, Okawa is completely absorbed; the simple action sparking a desire to continue to create.
At the same time as working on his 3D pieces, Okawa will work on his 2D pieces. For these, he uses pastel crayon paint, marker and coloured pencils, painting into the paper with a good amount of pressure. His works are inspired by his memories and imagination, and it seems he decides whether to work in 2D or 3D depending on his mood or his health.
Okawa’s 2D work is in the abcd collection, Paris, and his ‘Makoots’ have been bought for collections both in Japan and internationally. He has exhibited his work in Japan, Los Angeles USA and Paris.