Monday, 20 December 2010

light, joy + year end

light and shadow

I love the play of light and shadow at various times of the year in our living room. These are dried succulent flowers in case you are curious.

Have a great holiday season everyone. Take it easy, be safe, happy and of course a little bit indulgent. See you in 2011!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

something fresh, something green

3 pots of tea, fresh

3 pots of tea, fresh

A new colourway, a re-work of an old favourite, something fresh: three pots of tea, fresh, that is!

My dentist inquired as to whether I drink a lot of green tea. What's a lot? I asked. Apparently I have a slight green tinge to my teeth which they can remove when I get my teeth cleaned there. I like to think green tea is worth the green tinged grin. Do I have any supporters?

Have you saved the 18th December to head on down to Harvest Xmas Market? Hope so. Should be full of goodness + craftiness.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

hand printed wallpaper

succulent blossom wallpaper
succulent blossom wallpaper
succulent blossom wallpaper
succulent blossom wallpaper

Rainy days can be surprisingly productive.

Block printed wallpaper test strips: succulent blossom in silvery grey and red. Two different blocks were used for each one because the red one has the motif in lines and the grey is more randomly distributed across the paper. The grey one looks even better than the photos make out. I can see how this print would work in a bedroom; really soft and delicate.

I had Jen Cloher and then The Waifs playing in the background to help me get into the groove.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

out and about

I will stop with the hipstamatic pics soon, I promise. These were taken out and about at The Auction Rooms cafe in North Melbourne. A truly lovely space. My banana bread with espresso butter and maple syrup was heavenly. And the cafe is only a few doors down from Ramona Tienda, a shop with exquisite hand made lovelies. Muy bella!

btw, a little 'Freedom' update: I've read the first 100 pages and love it!

Monday, 6 December 2010

iro iro

hand printed tea towel

hand printed tea towel

I finished printing and sewing up the tea towels. Succulent blossom in black on natural linen/cotton blend.

The opening of Mr Kitly last Thursday was fun! Such a sweet space filled with beautiful Japanese inspired zakka. If you're in Melbourne do go see. It's on Sydney Rd in Brunswick.

All my new summer reading has just arrived via post from the Book Depository. Happiness!!! One of them is Jonathon Franzen's Freedom. Has anyone read it yet?

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens

Walking through Melbourne's Carlton Gardens this morning I was mesmerised by the all the green around me. There's no denying it: we've had a lot of rain. I've recently been gifted a 4th hand iphone (yes that's one with 3 previous owners, now how green is that?) so I whipped it out and used an app I'm currently in love with called hipstamatic. Got to love those 70's colours, no?

Monday, 29 November 2010


succulent on linen
succulent on linen
The succulent blossom design is back.....
This time I've printed it a bit differently with 3 succulent blossom motifs to one block so it's quicker. These were block printed on natural linen and will eventually become tea towels.

Friday, 26 November 2010


sumi ink illustration
sumi ink illustration
sumi ink illustration
sumi ink illustration
Sumi ink in progress.....

Hurtling between hot, sunny days and humid, wet ones.
Cold glasses of white wine in the evenings.
Throwing snails from the vegie patch onto the shed roof. Trying to protect the young seedlings.
The tomato plants are growing tall and strong. Will we have a bumper crop this year?
Fantasising about my first summer swim in the ocean and the long days of sunshine ahead.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Harvest xmas market

Melbourne folk, this little market at the new better-than-gorgeous, super beautiful new Harvest Workroom is going to be full of goodness. One day only: Saturday 18th December, 10am-5pm. 512 Lygon St, East Brunswick.

Come along and be part of this crafty magic to launch the new Harvest Workroom. It's going to be a great chance to buy your loved ones unique presents and to support local makers. There will be craft, clothing, homewares, textiles and music stalls, as well as fun activities like "print your own wrapping paper" and craft activities for kids.

There will be 2011 Mizu Designs calendars on sale as well as a selection of my giclee art prints. So if you're the kind of person that likes to avoid postage costs [who doesn't?] come purchase these in person and experience the joy on the day.

Friday, 19 November 2010

vintage kimono textiles

A new batch of vintage kimono cards for a custom order. I really liked the way they looked all together this morning so thought I'd show you. Old kimono fabric is so gorgeous in terms of colour palette and pattern, don't you think?

Monday, 15 November 2010

2011 sketchbook project

Do you know about the wonderful 2011 sketchbook project? When you sign up you're sent a simple moleskin sketchbook which you are to fill (according to your chosen theme) by the deadline [15th January, 2011]. Then, the thousands of sketchbooks submitted will be exhibited at galleries and museums on a tour across the United States. But note: anyone in the world can enter! How cool is that?

This is the part I like: after the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view. Also, you can opt to digitise your sketchbook so people who can't go to see them on the tour in person can flip through them on the web.

I've just signed up! I love drawing, I love sketchbooks, I love the concept behind this project, and I love Brooklyn.

Friday, 12 November 2010


whispers, giclee art print, mizu designs, sumi ink illustrationA new giclee art print Whispers has been recently released separately from the calendar. The background colour has the softest, most subtle tinge of green to it. Really quite calming to look at. And yes, made from one of my sumi ink illustrations. If you're shopping for pressies (like I am at the moment) it's here.

Friday, 5 November 2010

kyoto design house

A little glimpse inside the beautiful world of Kyoto Design House. There are things there so lovely that they will make you weep with joy. Promise! Located in a new building designed by Tadao Ando, this wonderful contemporary design space on Tomonokoji (just south of Oike) is a must visit if you're in Kyoto. And opposite is Benrido, the prettiest postcard shop you've ever seen. That's another promise.

Those first 2 pics are of boxes for sweets. So colourful! The ceramics could have burnt a hole in my pocket there were so many things I wanted to take home with me. Luckily, restraint ruled the moment and I left with just one beautifully crafted off-white porcelain cup.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

aizen kobo

In Kyoto last week I went along to Aizen Kobo, a natural indigo dyeing workshop in an old machiya house, located in the Nishijin textile district. Owned by indigo dyer, Kenichi Utsuki, this place was a real pleasure to visit. Ken-san is very passionate about natural indigo dyeing and will patiently talk you through the difference between what he does and chemical indigo dyeing processes. His kobo (workshop) is located in a very large machiya which is pure bliss to explore with Ken as he shows you samples of the fabrics he has dyed and his wife Hisako has designed into finished products.

The white fabrics in the top pic show Japanese style shibori before it has been dyed. Check out those tiny little knots!!!! Underneath those fabrics sit ones which have been dyed a rich indigo blue using the natural dyeing process. I asked Ken how he was able to make the vivid green in the scarf (2nd pic) and to my surprise he said by combining indigo with the dye from gardenia seed.
Check out these vats of indigo dye in the process of fermenting! I won't lie - they did smell a bit as you would expect from a natural fermentation process.And here is the front of the machiya where Ken's kobo is located. He has a lovely shop in the front where you can go crazy looking at all that gorgeous shibori dyed fabric he has on offer. Needless to say I did not leave empty handed.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

two things

A place to draw breath on a busy day in Kyoto: Nanzenji. With autumn approaching in the northern hemisphere and along with it the spectacular visual feast that is momiji you need to get there early in the morning though. Before 9am or it's very, very crowded.
A big thanks to the ever generous Holly from Decor8 for posting my 2011 calendar in her annual calendar round up. There are some gorgeous calendars out there this year! There is still time to purchase one if you're thinking of giving it as a gift for the coming holiday season.

More pics from Kyoto to follow.......

Friday, 29 October 2010


Oh my goodness what I wonderful trip I've had (to Kyoto). Fabulous, every second of it. So much has changed and yet so many things are still as they were all those years ago. Many thanks to friends who fed me during my stay. You're all so sweet.

If I could sum it up in one work it would definitely be 'zakka'. Zakka is about so many things in contemporary Japan. By the time I had left I was feeling sucked into its beautiful vortex and wishing I could bring it back to Melbourne with me to enjoy.

Which I can in a small way as Mr Kitly is opening soon in Brunswick. Stay tuned as this project from ii ne kore unfolds in December.

Speaking of zakka, I fell head over heals in love with NID magazine while in Japan. All pics posted here are from edition 17.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


rose tea

egg for you

And then there were hens......

What wonderful paper/ink/stationery-related goodies will I find in Kyoto this trip? And how much can I stuff into my bag on the way home?

Please note: all purchases from the shop between now and the 28th October will be shipped on 29th.

Friday, 8 October 2010


twig, giclee print, mizu designstwig

egg, giclee print, mizu designssolo

two eggs, giclee print, mizu designs
two eggs

These are a few new prints from the growing egg series based on sumi ink illustrations. All available here.

Melbourne folk - are you going to Finders Keepers this weekend? If I can work out how to get to Shed 4 I will be.

6 sleeps until Kyoto for me.......