Thursday, April 10, 2008

SIESTA by Mai Araki

Mai Araki, Yokohama, Japan
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I'm a huge huge fan of Mai's. All of her products are hand sewn and it's clear how much love goes into every single piece. I love everything she makes, but I especially love the hanging doll set and her patchwork bookmarks - the teardrop is meant to point to the line where you left off! How sweet is that?

1. What do you call yourself? (e.g., Independent designer, crafter, maker, artist) I don't really refer to myself as anything, maybe a Hand Sewer?

2. What inspires you? How do you get past crafter's block? I see many beautiful things and books in my life. They inspire me. I have collected many pieces of fabric, they inspire me too. I enjoy hand sewing.

3. What tool(s) can't you live without?
Needle, Pencil and frying pan.

4. Who is your idol, current craft-crush? I was shocked when I saw her site.

5. How long have you been doing this? For more than 20 years. I'm always sewing something, always by hand.

6. Where did you learn your craft? I learned sewing techniques by myself with the help of many books. My mother taught me how to knit. I'm currently learning Hardanger Embroidery from a teacher.

7. Do you do this full-time? If not, what pays the bills? I've just begun selling my works. So now my savings pay the bills.

8. How would you describe your style? Natural and easygoing.


Mrs.French said...

Handsewn? Amazing!

s.i. michaels said...

Ooo, these are amazing, especially given the detail. Thanks for introducing me to such an awesome shop.