04 12 2017

Christmas cards 2017

Hello, I’ve designed some new Christmas cards for this year as well. I have two designs, “Can’t talk so I write” with a girl lying down and writing a card and “Not my only wish” with a girl hanging on to a star ornament. The illustrations are outlined with a black pen, coloured in with colour pencils, and then placed on a dark navy background. The inside says “but Merry Christmas.” so it completes a sentence with the writing on the front. I’ve been adding 2 designs every year with the same theme since 2011. But this year, the girl has pink hair to reflect my hair colour. They come with silver envelopes and are suitable for those who are quite but with many thoughts in their head. Hope you like them!

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20 11 2017

crocheted collar blouse and smocked bubble skirt

Hello, here are some clothes I’ve made for a customer’s order recently. They are the crocheted collar blouse in calico with handmade resin buttons which has been one of my most popular items and the cotton sateen bubble skirt with smocking details. Those were the first garments I’ve made this year and it took me months to finish them as well. My excuse is that I’ve been busy trying to make a living with my other jobs (plural) but it is quite embarrassing. However, I feel proud to have customers’ orders even if it’s once in a while and the sense of accomplishment is great after crafting the things I make with a lot of care. Hope you like them!

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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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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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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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12 09 2016

crocheted HopeLess bracelets

Here are some sweet/sad crocheted bracelets I’ve made using plastic alphabet beads. The alphabet beads are arranged in two rows dividing the word “HOPE/LESS” between two silver coloured star-shaped beads. I have made several styles using various combinations of coloured beads and cream or baby blue coloured silk yarn. I might make some with baby pink yarn later. Round metal tags stamped with “Minus Sun” are attached. Those are stamped one by one by myself with a hammer. I like the sweet, childish, and nostalgic atmosphere of the alphabet beads combined with this downhearted word. I suppose you would expect words such as “Hope” “Love” “Happiness” etc. for this kind of jewellery but not with me. I like my work to sympathise, rather than cheer up forcibly. Hope you like them and be happy! The star-shaped beads are pointing out the first row after all.

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15 08 2016

Girl T-shirt star and tear

Hello, I am still alive. I have been busy doing some free-lance translation projects and working in an office as a localisation game tester. It would be great if I can make a living solely out of my own label but it’s not going to happen too soon. However, I will keep it going even if it’s slow.

For this summer, I have designed a new T-shirt with a life size face of the Minus Sun girl. I’ve combined her melancholy expression with a pop art style illustration. The hair of the star version has diagonal blue dotted stripes representing rain and the tear version has tiny pink stars. The gold star and tear, which are placed where I usually draw her beauty spot, have been applied by myself one by one using gold foil so the result differs on each T-shirt. The Minus Sun logo is on the girl’s decolletage like a tattoo.

I had them made in Womens XL and Unisex XXL. As you can see, the Womens XL seems to be quite small as I usually wear size 8 for a top and I wouldn’t choose a tighter T-shirt than this but I suppose it’s fine for an average built person who likes to show off her curves? I like the Unisex XXL more because it’s roomy and I can almost wear it like a mini dress. Hope you like them!

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30 03 2016

commissioned calico dress

Here is a commissioned dress I’ve just finished making. It is a simple pinafore dress with hand drawn dotted lines in black along the facing seam and the two front pockets. There are two holes along the neckline, one on the front and the other on the back. There is a horizontal seam in the skirt section dividing the dress as well as the pockets. I had the idea of using two different fabrics when I made this detail and I will probably make one soon.

Does this dress look familiar? It is almost the same as the Cultured Girl’s dress of “It rained into her room.” collection but without the red lines on the pockets and with the hole details around the neck of the Cultured Girl’s dress of “minus the sun, night all day” collection.

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