New collaboration with textile and graphic designer, Jessica Miyuki! The Jessica Miyuki Artfix collection includes 4 beautiful new tropically inspired patches just in time for summer! They are perfect for repairing beach bags, luggage and even foldable grocery totes!
She was also just on our friend Lisa Slagel, founder & CEO of Wheelie Creative’s podcast! Listen HERE!
We sat down with Jessica to learn more about her life and her process as a professional textile artist & entrepreneur:
- So, tell us a little about yourself and your creations?
I’m Jessica Miyuki, most people call me Jess, and I am a surf and island inspired artist, freelance graphic and textile designer, and part time model (flight of the conchords anyone). I was born and raised in Japan, then had a couple years in different states before ending up in beautiful Southern California. I travel quite a bit these days but mostly split my time between Japan, Hawaii, and California.
- What is your favorite color?
I like almost every shade of teal/turquoise/mint, any color similar to the Larimar stone always catches my eye.
- Most important artist tool?
A physical tool is probably a good pen.
- What inspires the art that you create?
Surfing, tropical islands, traveling, being outdoors, my pup, good food, good music.
- Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
I made a fun “aloha shirt” type of print for Billabong that featured surfers, Diamond Head, coconuts and pineapples, hibiscus, a ukulele, and I even sneaked a retro skateboard in there. It’s basically a print with all my favorite things and colors, and it also sold really well globally on all different types of products (swim, apparel, accessories, etc).
- Who are your biggest influences?
Brandon Boyd from Incubus. I find his artwork and music intriguingly poetic and inspiring. I saw Incubus in concert not too long ago and they’re a great live band too.
- What is your favorite part of the process when creating something?
When I’m about halfway done and I can see the creation coming together, and I can focus on final details. It’s feels therapeutic to focus on the small, sometimes repetitive details, seems easier to get into the “flow state”.
- How have you developed as an artist and entrepreneur?
Everyday I’m learning something new, and if it’s not completely new it’s a new way to handle similar situations or hiccups.
- What is your favorite outside activity, and is there a favorite spot you like to visit?
Surfing, skateboarding, hiking, walking my dog, laying out in the sun… the mellow activities. I still like to play volleyball and paintball but I prefer outdoor activities where you can still relax and enjoy the sun.