Monday, November 17, 2008
Well, not physically just in the blog sense. Please make a note that our blog has moved to WordPress ( The change was much needed. Everytime a new post went up, an old one deleted! You'll find all entries at the WordPress account.

If I was to move, however, wouldn't it be nice to move into a home with a room like this? Check out more of Photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo's work here. The photographs will have you pining for more.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
Happily Ever After....

The folks over at Gen Art recently wrote a nice piece about Toki on their online magazine, Gen Art Pulse. To read more, click here. Thanks Caroline!

In the interview, I touch on what inspires me. In particular, I mention the book, "Once Upon A Time" with illustrations by Arthur Rackham. The details in the artwork seem to go on forever.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Installation @ Gen Art Fresh Faces Show

So, here it installation for the 2008 Gen Art Fresh Faces show! I knew I wanted bright pops of color, so I threw in some reindeer moss and peacock feathers. But what especially made the display was the 40's shoe cabinet I found at Scout. I almost lost this incredible find to a couple of folks that were doing some serious debating about a couple of pieces at the counter. While I was mentally willing them to pick the other choice with all my, um telepathic might, it might have just been my creepy and unwelcoming demeanor that made them pick the other piece and get away from me as quickly as possible. Now, it's happily sitting in my studio.

With all my close family and friends at the show, I have to say, it was quite the special night.
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Tips for Fall

In case any squirrels...yes, squirrels..are reading my blog, here are some useful tips to make it through the season.

Happy Friday everyone!
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Monday, September 15, 2008
Toki has been selected as one of Gen Art's Fresh Faces! We will have an installation exhibit of our new collection on October 1st, followed by a runway show hosted by Pete Wentz. Thank you Gen Art for this honor and congratulations to all the designers that are participating!
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Nature at it's finest....
As I write these blog posts, I question what relevance it has to my jewelry. A lot of times there is absolutely no connection. While I will sprinkle the in's and out's of my jewelry life throughout this blog, it's also a place where anything goes. If it interests, inspires, or shocks me, there is a good chance it's going to be written about.

So, today, I'd like to share an article that I read a couple of days ago. For those of you that don't believe animals are intelligent beings, you may think again after you read this story about altruistic dolphins filmed in Korea. As one dolphin was following behind in a group of hundreds of them (due to breathing problems), 4-5 dolphins repeatedly pushed the dying dolphin to the surface to help her breathe. Although the story ends sadly, it demonstrate nature at it's finest. Click here for the full article.

And, if you're into animal rights issue as much as I am, you'll take the time to check out this organization (Save Japan Dolphins) that is campaigning to end the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Call it morbid, call it strange, but I can't help but be fascinated by bones, skulls, taxidermy, and the like. If you've read some of my previous blog posts, this won't come as a surprise to you. So, when I came across the artwork of Hyung Koo Lee in Theme Magazine, I was ecstatic. So much so, that I ripped an illustration from his Animatus series out of the magazine, framed it, and put it next to my other favorite pieces of artwork in my studio (far right image).

I suppose this is what Bugs Bunny's skeleton would look like. Why is he so scared?

Just recently, I discovered Michael Paulus' artwork and I have to say, he has taken Hello Kitty to another level. Her dome is quite big, no?
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