the inspiration came from this photo i took in marunouchi, this past january. which reminds me of when i lived in wall street, nyc.
it’s been almost A YEAR since my last fashion trend study (*gasp*)!! i have a whole stack of old magazines pages, waiting to be collaged and studied! today, is about 2009 spring/summer.
[ S/S 2009 ]
– what happened in 2009 ／ ２００9年のファッション出来事 –
michelle obama and the one-shoulder dress ／ ミシェル・オバマとワンショルダー・ドレス
yellows & golds ／ 黄色とゴールド
exotic bohemian cont’d ／ 前シーズンから引き続きエキゾチックボヘミアン
dresses ／ ワンピース
color blocking ／ カラーブロック
shoulder accents ／ アクセントショルダー
pops of color ／ カラー・ポップ
big accessories ／ デカめアクセサリー
geometric folds & pleats ／ 幾何学プリーツ
harem & skinny ankle pants ／ ハーレムパンツ & 足首細めパンツ
old school denim (dyed & damaged) ／ レトロなデニムディテール (クラッシュや染めなど)
watercolor florals ／ 水彩画フローラル
bows ／ リボン
one of the biggest trends of 2009 spring/summer, was the one-shoulder dress. a major highlight would be then first lady, michelle obama’s inauguration ball dress, designed by jason wu. also, dresses became a staple in the wardrobe, layering them over leggings, pants, or on their own–in a sense, an expression of the continued bohemian trend from the winter. i have a lasting impression of origami folded details in skirts and dresses. and my number one favorite, that i still consider a staple of my own, is the harem/carrot top pant with skinny ankles.
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!
kamari city is where acropole sunrise (my hotel) was located. it is probably most known for the black “sand” (more like pebble) beach. there is walkable access to the ancient thera ruins if you are willing to hike; if not, there is a bus that goes there (the bus stop is near the beach). it is a quaint city, with a bus that leads to fira which is the main bus hub to go to all the tourist spots on thira island. since i went in the very beginning of the season, it was too chilly for the beach and many of the beach side hotels were closed. in peak season i can imagine it must be very lively. many locals live in this town with an elementary school, two supermarkets, a bakery, a souvlaki stand, and some restaurants scattered about, it is a very comfortable city to stay.
in 1957 there was a big earthquake in santorini. petros’ (acropole sunrise’s owner) father’s house included, the original town of kamari was destroyed. it happened at 10:00-11:00 am, so most people were out of their homes and in the fields. unfortunately, many mothers with little babies that had been staying inside had passed away. the current town of kamari is the new one.
there’s something significant about getting to hear first-hand, the stories of a precious island so rich in history (geologically and religiously/archaeologically). this current thira is relatively new, a work in progress, living amongst ruins, constant work to create more and more hotels. however, the truth is that they live in a dormant volcanic area (not due to erupt anytime soon–probably not in this lifetime), but the last eruption wasn’t too long ago and earthquakes happen. it’s a recently modernized island–wifi is still new and electricity comes by way of underwater pipeline. it will be interesting to see how it changes in the near future.
– P I C T U R E S Q U E H O T E L S –
– 絵 に な る ホ テ ル –
– K A M A R I B E A C H –
– カ マ リ ビ ー チ –
– L O C A L L I F E –
– ロ ー カ ル ラ イ フ –
the supermarket (this one was slightly cheaper than the one near the beach). i bought greek olive oil, soap, and honey for souvenirs here!
– M O N A S T E R I E S –
– 修 道 院 –
– H O U S E S –
– 民 家 –
– D O N K E Y S T A B L E S –
– ロ バ 小 屋 –
i saw these on the first day, rows of white long houses across the street from the slovakis/gyros stand. being a fanatic of color, the rainbow colored windows caught my eye. i asked petros and apparently they’re donkey stables. the local donkey parking lot! until just 30-40 years ago, each household owned a donkey. back then, not many people owned cars. now there are many small hatchbacks or mopeds driving around (much smaller in comparison to the massive american SUV’s or even the compact sedans and kei-cars of tokyo).
i’m so curious as to what the white paint is for!
– T H E S O U V L A K I S T A N D –
– ス ブ ラ キ ・ ス タ ン ド –
i was here practically every day! for lunch on the days in and for dinner after all the hiking and touring. the chairs matched the color of the donkey stable windows! i see a lot of these primary colors around santorini, like the flower pots i saw in fira.
on the third day, i decided to go see the fate of the furious (international movies in japan show much later, so i figured why not see it early?) at the cinema in kamari. kamari has a famous drive-inn theater, but it was much too cold for that. unfortunately, since the subtitles were in greek, i had no idea what was being spoken in the foreign language scenes…
here are more photos from my first day at fira. it was so exciting to finally see those white walled buildings in person. against these white walls, are the aegean blue, pops of primary colors, and the vibrant bougainvilleas. touristy or not, santorini really does have its own unique aesthetic. i will let the photos do the talking.
there are multiple forms of transportation on thira island: walk, bus, taxi, rental car, and atv. i chose to walk and use the bus. the bus system might be confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not so difficult. just remember, if you’re not staying in fira, you need to first take a bus to fira, which is the central bus hub of thira island.
i stayed in kamari, which means i needed to take the bus to fira in order to go to perissa, perivolos, akrotiri, the airport, etc. from fira, imerovigli and oia are great walks, so no bus was needed. if you’re up for using your own legs, there were other visitors in my hotel that actually walked all the way to fira.
at the bus station in kamari was this time table:
the first column means, from fira the bus to kamari leaves at __:__. the second column means, from kamari to fira, the bus leaves at __:__. i believe the 12:55 bus never came, and i always had to wait for the next one. so a good point (like possibly any other bus in any country) to remember is, don’t expect the bus to be on time. have a book to read or something to kill time! the other columns were irrelevant to me, but maybe the locals make use of that information.
below are the time tables at fira. lots of tourists are walking around, wondering which bus is theirs. just ask the girls at the window and they’ll tell you which number bus to get on or will be arriving. the bus conductor will yell out the destination and final boarding call, so keep your ears open, or just ask.
*one thing to be careful of is the last bus. especially if you’re watching the sunset in oia. you need to get from oia to fira, then catch the bus to your final destination. in my case, had i seen the sunset in oia, i wouldn’t have made the last bus to kamari in time. that added to my deciding to see the sunset in fira instead.