13 10 2017

tie made from Japanese chirimen fabric

Hello, I am still alive. I’ve been busy with my side job but I’ve been making a few things so here is one of them. It is a tie I’ve made for an actor friend as a birthday present. Most of the things I make are girlie so it’s a bit hard when I try to make something for men but luckily, my friend is a fashion monster. He can pull off this pink tie made from Japanese fabric with no problem. The fabric was something given by a relative and it was about 1m x 1m. I had it for years because I don’t use any Japanese fabric in my own work. I am glad I’ve finally made use of it and turned it into a great looking tie. The same fabric is used for the lining and the keeper loop. Bullion knots in red are stitched at the back of the tie near both ends.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.










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!