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I am a Japanese Canadian born and residing in Toronto, Canada. I grew up highly exposed to Japanese culture, and as a result, learned to speak the language at a native level. Drawing has been a life-long hobby for me. As a child, I doodled a lot of Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon characters. Today, I have fully developed my own distinctive style of art, as well as a special skill set in watercolours and digital vector art.

Although I studied Graphic Design at George Brown, my career focus has shifted over to

fashion. In fact, my Thesis project was concentrated on fashion. My teachers and professionals from the creative industry suggested I continue with it as a business, which is exactly what I decided to do. Seventy percent of my job is fashion now, but studying Graphic Design has been a considerable asset as I do all my branding, web design, and other graphic design work. I now have a better understanding of typography and colour use, and I also do some photography.

Based in Toronto, Canada since 2012, NeoShiki (ネオシキ), meaning New (Neo) Colour (Shiki), is a line inspired by Goth, Punk and Alternative fashion, and Japan's dark scene. This was originally a Thesis project for school.

Making/drawing art and making them wearable, all products are 100% handmade and made from scratch, using skills I've gained from my experience in the graphic design industry.

My designs have been featured in local fashion shows and craft shows in Toronto, such as The Fashion District's Third Annual Fashion Show Gala Fundraiser and the Bazaar of the Bazaar. A photography piece featuring my work was published in the The Art of Living Dead Dolls, the art book from the world's most popular line of horror dolls.

 

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