04 07 2017

Kingston Artists Open Studios 2017

Hello, I am still alive. Apologies for the slow update but here are some photos from the Kingston Artists Open Studios event which was held over two weekends in June. The event showcased around 100 artists across 20 venues in Kingston area. I have exhibited my work with 8 other local artists in one of the artist’s lovely house. It was the first time for me to exhibit in a setting like this, different from craft fairs I usually do. This time, I put more focus on showing my storybook along with the character cards and some of my more elaborate clothing pieces since I expected new customers. I had a wonderful time meeting other artists and introducing myself to visitors. Hope you like how my work is displayed on a piano and a bookshelf.

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30 04 2017

commissioned silk noil T-shirt and bunny

Here is a commissioned silk noil T-shirt and a stuffed bunny I have made as presents from my friend to her boyfriend. They are both made with the same cream coloured silk noil fabric with baby blue stitching. The T-shirt has dashed lines at the hem and stitched with “keep me” on the inner neckline. The bunny is stitched with “your pet”. As I know my friend’s character, I thought it was very sweet although it might seem like heavy messages. Apparently, her boyfriend was so moved with the presents that he was almost in tears so that’s good to know!

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22 03 2017

Contemporary Textiles Fair 2017

I have been exhibiting at Contemporary Textiles Fair at Landmark Arts Centre last weekend, 17-19th March. Thank you very much to those who came by. It was lovely to meet new customers and exhibitors and saying hello to regular customers and fellow exhibitors from previous fairs I have done. Here are some photos from the event for you to remember or see how it was! I’m afraid I didn’t have much new work to show as taking part in the event was a last minute decision but I had some stock of scarves and collars back from Japan. I will let you know when I’m doing another event in the future. Hope to see you there.

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09 02 2017

friend’s wedding photos

I recently woke up to a lovely surprise. My friend who had commissioned me to make a white linen dress in the past told me that she used it as her wedding dress! It’s a simple long dress with gathers and bought lace trimmings at the chest but it has become a proper wedding dress thanks to the flowers all done by the bride herself. Here are some beautiful photos taken by her sister. May they be happy forever!

Check out their Instagram to see their beautiful world.
My dancer friend: miholokahi
Her photographer sister: hachigraph

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29 01 2017

commissioned white scalloped collar

Hello, here is a commissioned piece I’ve done for a friend. She was inspired by the Elizabethan Era while various events were on for Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary last year. It is a voluminous layered collar with 8 pointy scallops, finished with lace trimmings and a gold ribbon. Made in cotton.

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25 12 2016

Christmas top and skirt set

Merry Christmas everyone! This year, there was a Christmas dress-up day at my side job’s office so I made my own outfit. I made use of a Donna Wilson apron given as a gift years ago, which I never use, and a piece of green corduroy fabric, which I bought online years ago and turned out to be too bright and chunky. They are not usually the kind of fabric I would use in my own work but they became handy for this occasion. I’ve used patterns from the Amusing Girl’s look and made the top and skirt slightly longer to make more use of the Donna Wilson pattern. My handmade trapped embroidery resin buttons are used for the gathered skirt.

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18 12 2016

stitched flu mask

This was a personal commission from a friend, a Japanese friend obviously, as no one wears flu masks in the UK. The mask is made of calico fabric and has a inner pocket so a piece of fabric with aromatic oil could be inserted. It is stitched with red cotton thread along the top and bottom edges and some text is stitched in the middle. She told me that people ask her if she is okay when she is wearing a flu mask. But in fact, she only wears one to protect herself from other people with flu and not because she is unwell, hence the stitched message “Are you okay? I’m okay.” Don’t worry, I have washed it after modelling it for the photos.

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05 12 2016

The Makers’ Fair by Selvedge Magazine

I have exhibited at The Makers’ Fair by Selvedge Magazine last Saturday. It was held at St. Augustine’s Church Hall in Highgate, just near Selvedge shop. Although it was a small fair, it was lovely and pretty lit up with festoon lights. Thank you very much to those who came by my stand. It gives me motivation to create when I get good response from these fairs and I especially feel happy when I’m asked to sign my book! Here are some pictures from the fair if you’ve missed it. Hope to see you at another event.

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24 11 2016

Christmas cards 2016

It’s only a month until Christmas… Here are the new Christmas cards I’ve designed this year. I have made two designs, one with a girl in a T-shirt with the text “Of course I’m cold”, and another with a girl sleeping on a sofa with the text “Not part of it”. Inside of the card it says “but Merry Christmas”. Minus Sun Christmas cards are alternatives to the typical cheerful joyful Christmas cards. They are backwards yet friendly. Hope you like them!

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21 11 2016

maid outfit prototype

Here is the prototype of the maid outfit in my previous blog post, all made in calico. I think it is just as nice as the final piece. It looks more simple with no piping details and plain cotton ribbon replacing fancy trimmings or no trimmings at all. Instead, the lace insert along the front skirt near the hem is hand crocheted and buttons are my handmade trapped embroidery resin buttons. It is interesting how using a different material or colour changes the look so much even with the same design.

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