The Meaning of Things

When it comes to giving someone something to mark a special occasion, saying thank you, or just because it’s expected, the phrase that often comes to mind is: “It’s the thought that counts”. But that phrase doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy and do-goody inside. To me it’s an excuse. An excuse to be [...]

July 13, 2013

A Fun Little Tool for Making Quick, True-to-You Decisions

My dad likes to tell this story every time my mom and I run into a color-choosing dilemma when we shop together. A little over 10 years ago when I was an impressionable college student in Perth, Australia, my dad visited me and we went shopping for my very first Princess Phone. I had my [...]

May 21, 2013

The Concluding Story of a Little Metal Box

My darling imagineer, 2 weeks ago I asked this curious little question: Can I transform how a simple, ordinary metal tin is perceived by narrating different {visual} stories for it? The answer? Well, it blew my mind off like a celebration champagne bottle cork. Not only was it the most fun I’ve had with a [...]

May 1, 2013

Story of a Little Metal Box

Do you remember that moment in front of the mirror just before you rouge your cheeks with a pinch of crimson gel, or press a soft chocolate-brown pencil to your eyes? You know, that few fleeting seconds where you wonder how a few dabs here and a stroke or two there can entirely transform the [...]

April 17, 2013

Enter The Story Parlor

To all my curious kittens and imagineers, I recently embarked on a brand new charetteering project I created as a gift to you, the grand opening of The Story Parlor, a (virtual at the moment) tea +converstation room about your biggest {brand} storytelling blind spots and pains. Pop over for a visit here to find [...]

March 29, 2013

Hoops, A Wishing Chair and The Storybook Tree

Something’s a-brewing here in the tree-studio…but I can’t say much more than it sails my balloons (I promise I will share more later)! However I can share this: the 30-Day Sketch Challenge (albeit a little drawn out) Round 2 ‘Imagine…’ is in full swing, more than halfway through. For the next 12 sketches, I will be [...]

March 23, 2013

Your Treasure Box of Self

My mom and I are craft buddies. As a talented craftsperson (see her hand-crafted creations above) she is my main source of inspiration in what I do as a paper artisan and brand designer.  Recently, while we were hanging out watching our favorite home decor design show, I asked her what she would have been [...]

March 6, 2013

Beyond the Ego: A Meeting of Minds

Since I left the architectural world to be the captain of my own dreamship, the one thing I missed the most is the creative meeting of minds with other designers and experts. To sit at a large rough-hewn, hand-crafted salvage wood table, tracing papers spread out, markers and pencils strewn about, hair mussed, sleeves pushed [...]

February 25, 2013

Elegant Imperfection: YOUR Design, Hand-Crafted.

My most beloved readers, this is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time-to share with you the single, most important value guiding my work as an artist and designer-the concept of elegant imperfection. Wabi Sabi (the philosophy behind Japanese traditional beauty): “Wabi Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and [...]

February 4, 2013

Your Unique Bridge Piece-Making the Connection

“In a handmade or boutique business, we are not growing our ‘lists’ but rather, building KINSHIPS. Every encounter is a kinship we are trying to foster, because somewhere in there, our souls touch.” A boutique handmade or creative biz is a special treat. A luxury. A lifestyle choice. It’s personal, unique, heart-centered and full of [...]

January 30, 2013