Monday, December 27, 2010

Bellevue Children's Clinic interior illustration project

It has been an amazing experience to work on this project with the NBBJ architects team and the Children's design team this spring and summer. I loved the challenge of coming up with a concept that effectively communicates the essence of Children's brand message, and makes sense of the way the clinic is organized: there are 6 color coded hallways for patients, 4 staff areas with huge glass walls, "sibling playroom" and the "surgery portal" upstairs. All the work has been inspired by Northwest flora and fauna to make it more meaningful and welcoming for staff and families that use these facilities. 

Here are some more photo samples (the really nice, professional shots are by Benjamin Benschneider):

Happy Holidays 2010!

May all the creative powers of our world continue to delight you in the upcoming year and happily ever after! This message had been brought to you by these Washington snow kittens (made in Ronald, WA).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hand built pottery bowl and sake set

I have been taking a hand building pottery class this fall. Here are some of the most recent fruits of my joyful labor. At this stage they are still green (not bisqued or fired in the kiln yet). Looking forward to finding out what it will look like after the process will have been completed. The title of this bowl is: Shortcake ^..^

This is a hand built, fig shaped sake set. The biggest one is the sake flask (tokkuri) representing the sake brew master (Toji), the small ones are the cups (chocko) representing the 4 ingredients of the sake making process: rice, water, yeast and koji mold culture. "Let's brew!"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fantasy Fun Fairyland concept

This is what I have worked on this weekend. It is a concept for a kids' (ages 0-6 years old) gym and restaurant in LA. Let's get chosen! :) I would love to develop these illustration into their full magical powers.

Trying my hand at acrylic paints....

This paint doodle started out as a paint color test page and evolved into Love You Baby Trees.

This is the state of Happy Sadness.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine Day 2010!

May your heart be filled with love always! XO!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Which GYUGYU PET is hiding in the cute pocket packet? :)

Casually walking through the Seattle Uwajimaya and scanning the candy isles at the checkout stands as usual, I spotted some bright boxes brimming with cuteness. I could not resist buying two of the shiny packets ($3.99 each!)...

I waited to open them till I got home. Here they are on my desk. I was so excited to find out what treasure the packets are hiding inside...

I had twelve options:

I would have loved, loved to get the hedgehog (#12)...

but as it turned out I have received #1 (parakeet in a miso soup bowl) and #4 (bunny in a pot).

Which one is your favorite?

Here is the link to the Japanese manufacturer's (called: Reform Entertainment) website if you would like to fill up with some cute chi + inspiration for the day! ^,,^

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Logo for Becoming Art

All the yarns in Becoming Art 's Etsy shop are hand spun and dyed by the very talented proprietress Lisa. She is passionate about color and the creative process of making unique custom yarn.

"I really love to do what I do passionately and with the freedom to be random (yet focused), and to be myself. I want others to feel the same way about the fiber, yarn or other product they buy from me."

With her new logo she was looking to "generate a feel that is creative, beautiful, unique, strong and changing/growing (hence Becoming Art)." Just the kind of challenge that delights me the most! You can see what manifested in the end. Designing her logo was a magical/spiritual feeling process as if I had myself participated in the timeless, feminine, ancient craft of spinning and dyeing yarn.

See, buy Lisa's work here:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

KittenChops Theo Chocolate logo and packaging work featured in Logo Lounge 5!

My Theo Chocolate logo/packaging work and its story was featured in a brand new graphic design book: LogoLounge 5: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers. Cathy Fishel from Gardner Design interviewed me last summer. I quite forgot about it and it was such a pleasant surprise to get a copy of the book the other day. Amazon link below (the book has a 4.5 star rating).