My name is Mariko. Kittenette is an account of my life in San Francisco, running a business from my apartment, my interest in film and media, cooking and crafting, and how I got adopted by a stray 5 month old kitten.   Read More




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Metallic Leather Projects

Leather is fun to work with, and as someone who is a little obsessed with high quality leather goods, I’m excited to start adding some new leather products to my shop. I found a leather warehouse here in San Francisco. It was two stories and stacked ceiling high with rolls and rolls of leather hides. Basically, it was my own personal Disneyland.

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I’ve been experimenting with using my Pinterest more and I’ve been pinning some of my newer wardrobe additions to a board to help visualize my closet. It made me notice that I’ve been a little obsessed with metallics lately. I even briefly acquired a Cambridge Satchel in metallic lilac before returning it because it was too bright and bulky. So it’s not a surprise that when I went a leather warehouse I was attracted to all metallic leathers. I planned to only buy one hide but came home with four in a spread of complementing colors.

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Then it was off to the laser cutter …

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I cut some flower designs as well as some cuff bracelets. The bracelets are still prototypes. One is a geometric cuff and the other is a scroll-like design I made with ampersands. Yes, ampersands. I love typography.

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More leather projects to come!

2013 iluxo Recap

The following are some highlights from a busy year at iluxo in 2013.

In February 2013, my Kitty Cat ring was at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week at Glamour Magazine’s Cat Fashion Concept Runway and Store! Below is a picture of the packaging of the rings at the event. Not only was there a runway show at the event, my rings were also given out in gift bags to VIPs. The fashion show was covered by StyleBistro, and they plugged me too.

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Then, I was honored to have two of my city clocks featured on some super popular design blogs that I’ve been admiring and reading for years!

Refinery29 featured my SF Clock in their article on Best San Francisco Etsy Shops:

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And Apartment Therapy, (who previously featured my SF Clock) added the LA Clock to LA Proud: Goods & Gifts for Angelenos.

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Next, I was invited by the folks at West Elm to host a pop-up at their new Palo Alto store. Here’s a blog they wrote announcing the event. It was wonderful to work with West Elm again; they’d previously invited me to host a pop-up at their Santa Monica location in 2012 as a benefit for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Here are some pictures of me and my table from the Palo Alto Event:

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In September, Commune SF asked me to be their featured seller at their event at San Francisco’s landmark bar Elbo Room. I even scored a mention on Broke-Ass Stuart. Some pictures from the event:

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Commune SF @ Elbo Room

Then I was asked to be part of the Artisan Showcase at Re:Make, an artisan and maker conference held at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason Center organized by Brit + Co. Here was a view from my booth:

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In October I was invited to meet with Etsy admins and developers at the Etsy offices in downtown San Francisco! As a long time fan and seller on Etsy, it was really an amazing experience to chat with the people behind the site. They posted a picture of our chat on the Etsy Wholesale Twitter, and I even took my own fan girl photo as I left the offices with Trinity of Field Day Wearables.

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I was also featured in many, many awesome articles and blog posts, including doing an interview for Ponoko, an article on IAMTHELAB, an article on SHK Magazine, etc.

On to 2014 … the blog has been rather quiet lately, as I’ve been working on big changes coming to the shop and blog! Thanks to the many people who reached out to iluxo to make these events happen in 2013.

Neruda Paper Cut

Another paper cut, this time a personal project.

I was watching Jane Campion’s In the Cut when I noticed a reference to a line from Pablo Neruda’s “Love Poem XIV” (from the sublime collection The Captain’s Verses):

I want
to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

In Spanish:

Quiero hacer contigo
lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.

Something about this line stuck out to me, and I realized that it reminds me of the preoccupation with cherry/plum trees in classic Japanese poetry. I decided to make a paper cut of a cherry tree celebrating hanami season (the Japanese custom of sitting under and enjoying cherry trees in the spring) also including the line of Neruda’s poem. It could also be seen as a reference to the blending of poetry and images in traditional Japanese art.

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This happened to coincide with the plum tree blossoming in front of my window.

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Framed, I put a piece of metallic gold paper under it.

I also made a version of it in Spanish (not pictured). Not available for sale in my shop, but I can make you one as a custom order if you contact me.

Selected Press Mentions, Winter 2012/13

First, watch out for my Kitty Ring at Glamour Magazine’s cat-inspired fashion show at NY Fashion week this coming February.

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Also, my city clocks have been getting lots of love these past few months.

The DC Clock has been featured on the DCist and Sweet Peach Blog.

The Seattle Clock has been featured on Seattle Mag’s holiday gift guide.

And the NY Clock is on this home inspiration guide on The Frisky.

Many thanks to everyone who supported iluxo this winter!

Custom Ring Box & A Busy Christmas Season

I’ve been asked to make some fun custom orders! One customer asked me to make my polaroid locket into an engagement ring box, which was perfect since I’d already designed some prototypes for jewelry boxes. The top for this box is held in tightly by the friction of the felt lining on the lid.

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Also, the busy Christmas retail season is already in swing at Iluxo this year! Which means I’m fulfilling more wholesale requests, ordering lots of supplies, counting inventory, and playing with Excel spreadsheets. It also means my usually very orderly bedroom, which has recently been rearranged, sometimes looks like this:

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I can’t wait for it to be next year.

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