the inspiration came from this photo i took in marunouchi, this past january. which reminds me of when i lived in wall street, nyc.
2017 did me well. it was a rough year, but a much needed time to realize what i am capable of and what is pushing it.
now it’s 2018 and i am ready to take on all the artwork my mind can produce! simply put, my resolution is to J U S T C R E A T E.
what are your goals for the coming year?
whatever they are, follow your heart, your soul, and believe in yourself, trust your instincts. may you all have a fulfilling year for both body and mind.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! !
p.s. the main photo of this post is of my nengajou for this year! all lettering and graphics by me. (still practicing chalkboard lettering in 2nd photo!)
december is already halfway through! the past couple months has flown by faster than light years! exaggerating? yes, but really… i still had to squeeze in this batch of handmade holiday cards for friends and fam. once an idea comes to mind, i just must. do. it. here, i share the process!
i started off by creating the layout on adobe illustrator
these transparent origami sheets are from daiso. i’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use them! instead of using traditional christmas colors, i wanted to go with a “holiday neutral” color scheme. a bit of 90’s and a bit of neon and every bit pop!
after covering the backside of the transparent sheets, i wrote in the “holidays”. i’ve been practicing my lettering, and these are the perfect opportunities to put them to use!
friends and family won’t judge 😉
おりがみの裏面をカバーし、手書きで 『holidays』 を入れました。最近レタリングに力を入れていて、家族や友人に贈るカードであれば、プレッシャーなく実践できます ^_^;
i switched the string to this glitter thread i found at another 100yen shop!
i’ve been spending the past couple of months going through my stock of fabrics and materials, and boy do i have lots of them that have accumulated over the years since fashion school. i had been putting off tons of projects that i bought fabric for and never got through to realizing. some projects i have finished, some have become things of my mind’s past, and in their place new ideas have formed–one of them being this denim sleeve.
having been raised in seattle, i have a soft spot for starbucks and tully’s coffee, which are both found in tokyo. unlike in the states, most people use public transportation in this country. thus, our love for bags that are just big enough to cram all of our essentials in (representing people like moi). granted, there are many a cool, stylish girl that can seem to leave the house with a compact clutch holding just a smartphone (in a smart case that carries their train passes and credit cards all-in-one, or even better–apple pay), a tiny wallet, and lip tint. i mean, what about 3 packs of tissue, water bottle, makeup bag, notepad, pen, handkerchief, ipod, extra smartphone charger, etc….?? my point being: having to carry a personal tumbler or mug to my local caffeine joint, is way too much luggage than i already have to carry–especially for that unplanned stop-in to kill time.
although it’s not as green as having a personal tumbler at hand, i decided to make this fabric sleeve to replace the brown cardboard sleeves made of recycled material. yes, they are eco-friendly, however, not so much if they’re going straight back to waste after a couple hours of usage. there was a time where i would hold onto the sleeves for next time, but starbucks and tully’s have differently shaped cups, and i order anywhere between a short and grande, which would result in carrying around 4 sleeves at a time (at least starbucks uses the same size for tall & grande #marketresearch). they all started cluttering my bag again and became inspiration to make an all-inclusive sleeve for 3 different sizes at two different cafe chains.
the result, i patched together some of my favorite leftover denim scraps (these are another story on their own!) to sew up a denim sleeve that works for all three sizes at both stores (yay velcro!)! even more, i used quilting to function as insulation, working better than the cardboard.
it’s pretty cool to say, “no sleeve please!” and the barista goes, “umm… please be careful, it’s very hot” and BAM! i flash my swanky chic denim sleeve (brush that dirt off my shoulder, uh huh). before it all goes to my head, i understand that my next step is to create a portable, collapsable cup that i can carry around (or someone else can do the work for me? kickstarter?)… in the meantime, i’ll happily flash my washable sleeve that will be reusable for years. =)
it’s been ages since i’ve posted anything!! i will one day update you all with the projects i’ve been a part of! ／ 最後の投稿からかなり時間が経ってしまいました m(_ _ )m 落ち着いたら、なぜ忙しかったかまた報告しま〜す！
in the meantime… for a very limited time (until the end of november 2016 to be exact), i have been selling these 2017 illustrated calendars on my etsy and creema shops!
ただいま、期間限定（２０１６年１１月いっぱい！）で２０１７年のイラストカレンダーを etsy と creema にて販売しております！
if you follow me on instagram (aww thanks!!!!), you may have seen me posting a “52 week 2016 memories” illustration every so often. it all started late 2015, when a friend had asked me to create an illustrated calendar that she would later be able to keep around the house to display. so i decided to start this 52 week project where i would illustrate a memorable moment of each week; selecting my favorite of that month to put into the calendar. for october, november, and december, i selected my favorites from 2015! インスタグラムでフォローしてくださっている方（thank you★）はご覧いただいているかもしれませんが、この１年間、『２０１６年５２週間の思い出』を載せてきました。これは、２０１５年後半に友人にお願いされ、イラストカレンダーをデザインして欲しいと言われました。それも、カレンダーとして使用後、インテリアとしてディスプレイできるものが良いと。そこで『２０１６年の思い出』プロジェクトを考え、毎週思い出になった光景を描き、その月の一番気に入ったイラストを選出してカレンダーにしました。１０月〜１２月は２０１５年の思い出を使用しました。
since the calendar is made for use in japan, it only reflects japanese national holidays. i’ve especially chosen illustrations that represent japanese holidays or traditions, or western holidays that japanese ♥. there are 13 cards total (one for each month, plus the cover), of which each month is double sided—calendar + illustration on one side, single illustration on the other. also included is a sturdy plastic frame stand that can be used vertically and horizontally.
if you need a holiday gift for friends or family, come stop by my shops to see the calendar! ／ 親戚や友人などのプレゼントにどうぞ！是非一度ショップを見てみてください♫
otherwise, it’s been a whirlwind autumn since getting these calendars printed, i haven’t been able to keep up with the 52 week illustrations, but i will definitely continue them once the holiday hustle and bustle allows me a breather!
the idea started when i had a leftover ikea curtain material that i wanted to put to good use 🙂 the curtain was just enough fabric to make a full teepee! i patchworked my favorite fabrics and used a chic gray alphabet pattern + chambray to keep it adult-aesthetic-friendly. it was a great challenge but tons of fun to make. i made a second one for keeping or leasing out. (feel free to email me if you are interested in leasing)
for the 2020 tokyo summer olympics, the japan olympic committee decided to ask the general public for emblem designs. i have been exploring and expanding my artistic abilities this year and i decided to let this be another challenge on that path. unfortunately, i didn’t make the shortlist, but i feel i did my best work that i could at this moment. as for the next step, i plan to enter more contests in the near future.
my tokyo 2020 olympic games emblem design i n s p i r a t i o n : ukiyoe, overcoming the tsunami (disasters), connecting with the world beyond the waters (borders) イ ン ス ピ レ イ シ ョ ン : 浮世絵、災害からの復興、海（国境）を超える
my tokyo 2020 paralympic games emblem design i n s p i r a t i o n : traditional japanese fireworks, rising above expectations, exceeding limits イ ン ス ピ レ イ シ ョ ン : 伝統芸術の花火、期待を超える、自身を超える