17 March 2012

Evening Post Article

It has been a while since we posted on this blog. We are pleased to announce however, that Satoko is pregnant - hence the reason we have been so busy! The business continues to grow as fast as our baby however, and there have been some exciting developments recently.

It has been a busy week after the Nottingham Evening Post article. Thank you to everyone who made an order after reading it! We have never been so busy and were really pleased to receive so many positive comments from people who bought our jewellery! Keep an eye out for a further feature in Nottinghamshire Today.







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10 October 2010

Our New Studio space!

I have been on UK Craft Forum a fair bit recently and it seems that everyone is posting about their workspace/studios so I thought I'd write a little about mine.You can see my small but well-lit space in the corner. Luckily my miniature origami pieces don't take up much space. Just next to it is the space I use to teach Japanese.


We are going for a 'white' theme in the room (thanks Ikea!) and here is the space my husband uses to work. It's actually a fair bit messier than this at the moment...


We have recently been working with new lacquering materials which involve quite a time consuming lacquering process. The new process we are using allows our pieces to have a similar strength to resin, but is water based and allows us to avoid the staining that occurs with chemical based resins. Sometimes it gives my workspace a slightly 'surreal' feel!


As you can see my desk is usually full of 'works in progress'. I have photos of my family and friends from Japan under the laminate desk protector so that I don't get too homesick! All these pieces are in the final stage of the lacquering process...


Here's a close up of one of the final pieces after all the lacquering has been applied. The new process gives it a much more durable waterproof finish. It also creates a much more gloss-like appearance. The whole process takes a long time but it is worth it to be confident in the strength of our pieces.

Thanks for reading! I am currently working on a bespoke piece of silver jewellery that for the first time, although it is made with the same PMC sheeting, doesn't use one of our origami designs. It has been a steep learning curve for me and I'll post some photos up as soon as it's finished!  

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02 October 2010

J-Con Anime and Manga Convention

Last weekend saw us at the J-con Anime and Manga convention at the assembly rooms in Derby. This was our first time at a 'Japanese', rather than 'craft' orientated event and we weren't really sure what we would make of it. It was quite an experience. Not being die hard anime or manga fans a lot of the strangely dressed characters were lost on us. There were one or two that we recognised from Death Note though. And there was the odd Pokemon walking around. Below are some famous, and some lesser known, anime characters. If you've ever seen Death Note, you'll find this photo hilarious. If you haven't, you won't.


There were one or two more mainstream characters - the one below being 'No-face' from 'Spirited Away'.

And we're not 100% sure who the next guy is but we're pretty sure that it's someone from Final Fantasy.

And I told you Pokemon was lurking somewhere.

All in all it was a really good day and our initial concerns that 'these might not be the sort of people of wear delicate butterfly jewellery' proved unfounded. It was also a chance to meet several talented artists working under the 'Japan' theme and one worth noting is a talented new anime portrait artist and graphic designer, Mair Perkins (visit her site here) and we were pleased to see our new larger lotus flower brooches prove popular. We'll definitely be there next year.






Thank you for reading, we'll write again soon!
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24 August 2010

We mentioned in our last entry that we had been featured in Craft Business magazine. Here is a scanned copy of the feature. We hope you can read the small writing!




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