Friday, September 16, 2011

Patterns & Transitions

Has it really been five months since I last posted a blog? A lot has happened in that time. John and I moved to DC. I’m just now getting my studio days back. A lot to say on that, but first photos!

In April we went to Morocco. My gravitational pull towards patterns and textures is unrelenting. If you want a glimpse of our trip as well, here’s the photo essay.

In July we were in Santa Fe for the International Folk Art Market (and to visit John’s parents), and while there went to one of their museums dedicated to folk arts. It was an impressive place and the pictures capture all that inspired me – color, patterns, textiles, stories and symbols on textiles, untrained forms and clear expressions.

I expect my next blog to have more verbal expression as I begin again in a new place and studio space amidst all that is happening. In the meantime, I hope my photos can speak for me.

Monday, September 5, 2011

A plastic sheet

We have made a product sample of a plastic sheet targeted at children.
The design is colorful, having a lot of characters which, we hope, childre might like. Painter's friend who have two kids came up with this idea, suggesting that we should see children as big market since there are huge child population. We are not sure if the reason mentioned is right or not however the idea is interesting.
We are going to contract production of it out after the idea is made more clear.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How we're able to make us popular??

Good ideas or things are not always promised its success, "Why??".
The most inportant factor is, we think, advertisement. We are currently using "Facebook" and "Twitter" linked with this page to let as many people as we can know what we are doing. This attempt has been continued for almost two month however the result is not as good as we expected.
So an improvement seems to be needed immediately.

The following is improvements which we come up with.
  1. Consult an web design company about our facebook page.

  2. Put more effective visual infprmation into our page.

  3. Start official our home page.

Official home page will be opened end of this year and will become core sending more detailed-information about us. Facebook, twitter and blog will support it to help peopel getting to know us.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New work is coming

Hello everyone.
Today, we are happy to present new work titled " Tower in bule sky" to you.
This work, painter told me , has been sleeping in her mind for a long time however she didn't make idea real work until now because the details didn't be decided.
As title "Tower in bule sky", big tower is seen in the middle of picture, meaning that it is like a bridge between earth and space. Only this is what I was heard from her.

New information about this work will be given to you as soon as possible.

How about "Post card"!?

First of all, we shoud say "sorry" for not seletcting second deisgn yet for "Sand Picture".
More time is needed.
Instead of it, we have a news for you today, "Post Card" using our works. The desing left-hand is a rough one so if "Post Card" is on sale, we are sure, its quality will satisfy you. we are going to go ahead with this plan immediately to present it with "Sand Picture" at the same time.

Another problem has been happened that we spent 35% of our fund for two projects.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Which design suit "Sand Picture"

"Sand Picture" using our works was decided to become our first things which we can give you yesterday. Now we have been on the process selecting two designs, one's done however another one has not yet so today we are gong to show one design and will put another on as soon as we finish selecting.

A tool for making sand pictures has been ordered toady and on the way to us, arriving in three days.
We are looking forward to presenting good results to you.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sand picture is coming!?

New idea is thought up today, "Sand Picture" using our works.
We have a lot of idea such as cups, cloths, postcards and calenthers printed our designs however these ideas cost much in addition need to produce in large scale to make profits.

On the other hand, "Sand Picture" will cost cheaper than other ideas so we have decided to carry out this idea. This new attempt will become the first step leading us to good firm in which top priority is satisfaction of customers.

A first sand picture will be finished in a week.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Little step but precious step for us

Hello every one.
Today, we announce the news to you.
Our works will be put on advertisement of local community which painter lives in, so we now are selecting which works shoud be put and suit client purpose. This news seems to be little step however we have to take advantage of it as big chance and belive that this will become the path leading to big success.

When the design is selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The second work

Hello everyone.
Today, we present to you the second work titled "ZOO".
There are lots of animal on the painting, but they are not real, living in her mind.
From my point of view, it would be good, intersting idea to print this design on cup, making only one designed cup in the world.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tiny problem happen

Hello everyone.
I'm Yuto Mishime, founder of this firm.
Today, we let you know that we got tiny problem about management.
Our problem is so-called "lack of human resources". We need new manager who capable dealing with finnancial roblem such as cutting coast, founding running cost, person like watchmen of money.

How can we find such person????   Can he or she work without pay for a whil like us????
This problems occupy a large part of mt brain for a while.

Next time new painting will be uploaded.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Coming of the first work

We are very glad to present our first work to you today.
What dou you think this painting mean or describe????
My parter said me that she do not know what it mean as well, however as founder it's my duty to give an answer to everyone.

An answer is coming soon.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More about us

Hello and thanks to evryone for coming to this page.
I am a co founder of OKINAWA - LION, Yuto nishime whose role is management.
Tday, I would like to introduce us to you.
OKINAWA - LION is set up with one purpose that it would like you to know about our creating paintings drawn by my parter.

Following is our main activity.
  1. Presenting our works

  2. Creating producs

  3. Satisfying visiters

  4. Holding exhibition throught this blog

First painting will be uploaded soon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The start of OKINAWA - LION

OKINAWA - LION's blog is opened today.
We would like to say thanks to my friends who helped us starting this firm and people who whoud vitit to our blog.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Winter Sketches

This past winter was tough. There was just too much snow and cold for much too long and somewhere along the way my spirits slumped. While I put all my remaining energies into training for a half marathon in mid March (did quite well, actually: 2:03), little was left to inspire me to be in my studio in any consistent way. The images below are of two occasions in which I did do something. Not much, but a little something.

One weekend morning I curled up in a chair in my studio with a sketchbook and pencil in hand. A lot was going on in my mind, I was feeling down, but there were no words to express what I was feeling. For an hour I just drew, letting my hand visualize thoughts and feelings, page after page, until I finished the entire sketchbook, 28 pages in all. Below are some of the more interesting ones, with the full series here.

A month later I was was seeking inspiration from the myriad of stuff in my studio that I've collected over the years. I came across my grandmother's buttons, a small but hefty box which is only a quarter of her stash, the rest divided among my mom, sister, and niece. There are unusual and fanciful ones, delicate and beautiful ones, chunky and gaudy ones. They are from different time periods, of varying sizes and materials, and all hues of color.

Sets of like kind were strung together. It was interesting to see what marks they could make. Others were big loners that made great imprinted marks. For the full series, go here.

The days flip between warm and cool, sunny and cloudy. But it's spring. It's spring and I feel rejuvenated and inspired again...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Wee Little Bit o Luck

Hard to believe it is almost Spring. I can hope, can't I? It has been a very busy year for me. We enjoyed a wonderful night at my daughters talent show. She did a dance routine to the song "Shake It Up" much fun for all!

I added some wonderful softie designs to my shop yesterday. Spring designs , of course! I am now working on some new chicks and eggs to add to some baskets!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I got to create something for music!

There will be an art show that I'm participating in at Furrows release party on Feb 26th.
There are several other artists involved with this, as well as 2 other bands being featured at the event. Come see the bands and some great art!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kathryn Wiggins

One time, in the summer of 2005, Kathryn and I were among a group of students from Mississippi State University going to Vicenza, Italy. We lived there for a couple of months. She's been around the world studying and today is living back in Mississippi with a husband and a baby on the way!


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trip to China!

photo by le niners

I'll be going to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, China in March!

My main objective in coming along on this trip is to take great photos; To document the beauty & wonder of the location, and of course, be sure to get photos of the people we're going with. To me, nothing can help you keep a memory better than a photograph.

I stopped at Borders bookstore and bought an Eyewitness Travel book that contains info on both Shanghai and Beijing. Perfect combo book! I opted on buying this book instead of one on each city. There's only so much I can travel with - especially when I rely on bringing the smallest bag possible.

I used to think I was a travel snob (one who would never rely on one of these books, and go with the flow instead) but friends bringing them along have changed my mind. There is no shame in bringing information with you on a trip. In fact, I would not recommend going without researching. Especially when you are unfamiliar with the language of the location.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend following them step by step. When you're on a trip, be sure to keep moving. You only live once! Take opportunities that come at you, while still playing it safe. And use the guide book for suggestions if you find yourself looking for more to do. I also love reading about the history of these locations. When you're walking the streets of a new city you've never been to, you can stumble upon important historical locations or works of art that can tell you a lot about the city, about the people there, and about their culture & aesthetic. You'll return from your trip a much wiser person.

I'm curious what the consensus is on Travel books? So many options: FrommersLonely PlanetFodor's, what else? What do you prefer? Do you stick with one brand? Or none at all?