Thursday, June 28, 2012

WEST Summer Promotion: Hoshii Designs

Today we feature Deborah from Hoshii Designs.

Hoshii Designs specializes in Bags, Baubles, and Objects of Desire.

"hoshii" wanted, wished for, in need of, desired

My love of creating things was inspired by the amazing women in my life. My Obachan, Tsuya, (Mom's mum) was an incredible artisan. The intricate detail she put into many handmade ornaments and embroideries was breathtaking. Dad's mum, Hayako (Bessie), worked for many years as a seamstress for Simpson Sears and taught me how to sew as a youngster. She bought me a reconditioned sewing machine many years ago and it's the same one I'm still using today. My mother Lily is an unrealized artist in her own right and an incredible painter of sceneries. When I can get her to figure out her computer, look out for her own Etsy store.

I try and use as many renewable and sustainable materials as are available to me. The vast majority of the fabrics I use are ones I purchase from local thrift stores or pre-owned items that I have upcycled. Any and all leather details on the pieces I create are absolutely, 100% recycled from pre-loved garments.


This one of a kind mini clutch was made from a recycled leather coat circa 1980's. Trust me, no one misses this coat but the leather fabric has been given new life in this petit and funky clutch. The inside has been lined with brilliant marine and jewel toned vintage upholstery. It has been decorated with three antique gold colored studs.


If you'd like to keep up with Hoshii Designs, please visit the following links:


And if you'd like a chance to win the item featured above along with 15 other fabulous WEST creations, please visit this treasury link and leave a thoughtful comment on the treasury page.  Simple!

*** Only comments on the treasury itself count for entry into the giveaway.  But you're more than welcome to introduce yourself, ask questions or talk about upcycling to make beautiful  creations with Deborah in the comments below****

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