Meet the fabric designers on modes4u: Hoodie

It’s time to introduce our first fabric designer for the American manufacturer Timeless Treasures. Say hello to Hoodie!

Hoodie

Artist, fabric designer, illustrator, sewer, mother, woman – those are just a couple of the terms the New York City based designer Hoodie uses to describe herself. Hoodie was born and raised in Japan and has been living in the USA for 20 years now.

The designer has been working in Japan and the US in quite various fields: She created illustrations and layouts, wrote essays for newspapers and magazines, designed posters, catalogs & costumes and was a food stylist for photo shoots. In the last years designing fabrics became her main activity. Between 1994 and 2000 she was already working as a freelance designer for Timeless Treasures, licensed Hoodie’s line with that manufacturer were released in the last two years. Between 1999 and 2007 she also worked as a house designer for Michael Miller. Nowadays she mostly designs for Timeless Treasures and is also an art director for Newcastle Fabrics since 2012. Hoodie’s fabrics on modes4u.com are mainly from the Sow and Grow collection and the l’amour de la vie line.

When asked about her inspiration the answer is simple: everything inspires her! “My work combines cute and kitschy with modern and trendy. My style blends memories from my childhood in Japan in the 1950s and 60s as well as inspiration from my current life in the United States. I call my work Fusion Art. It’s a delicious fusion of Asian and Western cultures, new and old designs all in one creative pot.”
Hoodie is currently working on her newest collections for Timeless Treasures. Visit Hoodies Blog to find our more about her work.
off-white Timeless Treasures fabric with wild flowers USA

off-white Timeless Treasures fabric with wild flowers USA

white romantic bike fabric by Timeless Treasures

white romantic bike fabric by Timeless Treasures

off-white gardening watering cans fabric Timeless Treasures

off-white gardening watering cans fabric Timeless Treasures

light yellow gardening supplies fabric by Timeless Treasures

light yellow gardening supplies fabric by Timeless Treasures

navy blue Timeless Treasures crab animal fabric

navy blue Timeless Treasures crab animal fabric

navy blue Timeless Treasures animal fabric colourful fish

navy blue Timeless Treasures animal fabric colourful fish

aqua pineapple fruit fabric Timeless Treasures from the USA

aqua pineapple fruit fabric Timeless Treasures from the USA

green designer fabric with tossed gnomes and mushrooms

green designer fabric with tossed gnomes and mushrooms

pink designer fabric with cafe bike street house

pink designer fabric with cafe bike street house

white designer fabric Eiffel Tower & flower from the USA

white designer fabric Eiffel Tower & flower from the USA

Happy Birthday Gabi

This week we celebrated another birthday at the office. Gabi did not just get a really big Tiramisu cake, but also colourful cookies spelling ‘Happy Birthday’. Part of the modes4u team is visiting a trade show in Japan at the moment, so there was even more food to enjoy for the rest of us. Everybody got a really big piece of the creamy cake and a cookie as well. Is there any better way to spend your lunch break?

Happy Birthday Gabi.

It is Gabis Birthday - we celebrate with cake and cookies

It is Gabis Birthday – we celebrate with cake and cookies

Smiles all around, everybody is looking forward to eating the cake

Smiles all around, everybody is looking forward to eating the cake

Win Hello Kitty erasers in our last Facebook Giveaway for 2012

It is our final giveaway for the year 2012. In the last weeks we have had lots of great Christmas Facebook giveaways and this is definitely a good finale. One lucky winner will get an adorable set of 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Hello Kitty eraser giveaway. These erasers were only for sale in Japan and we don’t sell them in our shop, so this is really an exclusive prize.

How to join:
1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I love Hello Kitty erasers!”

The giveaway will be running until Monday, December 24th.  It’s open worldwide. We will post the winner on our Facebook wall on December 24th, so please check to see if you have won. Good luck to everyone!

One lucky winner will get a great Christmas present and win these 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway

One lucky winner will get a great Christmas present and win these 3 Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway

New echino fabrics from Kokka arrived

Bright colours, wild animals, pretty flowers and cool retro prints – we just got the latest echino fabrics with our latest Kokka delivery from Japan and really hurried to put them online as soon as possible. Not an easy task so shortly before Christmas. A lot of the designs are available in four colours, so be sure to check out all the echino fabricsto find your favourite combination of colour and design.

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

pink echino birds and berries canvas fabric cherry

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

black insect echino canvas fabric insect

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

yellow echino airplane poplin fabric airplane

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

pink echino bike poplin fabric cycling

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

black echino retro bus poplin fabric bonnet bus

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

echino poplin stripes fabric kikka purple-black-green

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

Patchwork piece echino canvas fabric blue-green-black

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

teal wildflower echino canvas fabric bird flower

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia

purple echino canvas safari animals fabric acacia

Halftime: Join our Rilakkuma & Hello Kitty Giveaway

Still a couple of days to go. Our kawaii Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty blog giveaway is still open, so don’t forget to join. Until this Friday, August 31st, you can enter the competition and might be the lucky winner of either an exclusive Rilakkuma Skytree edition package or an adorable Hello Kitty combination. Both prizes we brought back from our last trip to Japan, they’re really hard to get outside of Japan. Good luck to all of you.

Wonderful kawaii Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty prizes in our big blog giveaway

Wonderful kawaii Rilakkuma and Hello Kitty prizes in our big blog giveaway

Incredible Kiddy Land Store in Japan

On our last trip to Japan we also visited the incredible Kiddy Land store in Tokyo. The store has four different levels full of toys and kawaii stuff. One level is fully dedicated to San-X’s Rilakkuma and Sanrio’s characters like Hello Kitty or My Melody. The store in Tokyo was closed for quite a while and just reopened shortly before we visited. We were really surprised when we got there because people were waiting in front of the store when it was still closed and rushed in as soon as the doors would open. We can definitely see why, as it was an amazing experience to stroll past all the shelves. There is so much cuteness, you don’t even know where to start. Here are some impressions for you. If you want to see all pictures we took, visit our Facebook photo album.

People are waiting for Kiddy Land to open

People are waiting for Kiddy Land to open

A kawaii dream come true: Lots of Hello Kitty stuff

A kawaii dream come true: Lots of Hello Kitty stuff

Hello Kitty dressed up as a Geisha

Hello Kitty dressed up as a Geisha

London is calling: Hello Kitty in a British designs, maybe in anticipation of the Olympic Games?

London is calling: Hello Kitty in a British designs, maybe in anticipation of the Olympic Games?

The cutest Rilakkuma socks

The cutest Rilakkuma socks

Lots of Re-Ments are exhibited so you can take a close look at the cute miniature items

Lots of Re-Ments are exhibited so you can take a close look at the cute miniature items

Sanrio characters for your mobile phone

Sanrio characters for your mobile phone

Every hallway has super cute designs

Every hallway has super cute designs

A cute teddy bear

A cute teddy bear

Lots of items from the cute Kapibarasan guinea pig

Lots of items from the cute Kapibarasan guinea pig

For the boys: These stairs lead to the LEGO floor

For the boys: These stairs lead to the LEGO floor

Stationery heaven, really lots of cute post-its

Stationery heaven, really lots of cute post-its

mt Masking Tape workshop in Japan

We want to go! In Japan you can visit special Masking tape workshops held by mt. In four different cities they regularly offer weekend classes called ‘mt school’ where you can craft with Washi Tape and also get professional instructions by Washi Tape crafters. We saw some pictures from a workshop in Yokohama, which look so inspiring. It just gives you wonderful ideas on what to use Washi tape for. The whole venue – usually a crafting or stationery shop – is decorated with tapes and of course there are lots and lots of mt tapes to buy. We think it’s a great idea to craft together in such a creative environment. If there was something like this in Hong Kong we would definitely go. Would you?

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

More examples of masking tape crafting

More examples of masking tape crafting

Participants of the workshop being creative

Participants of the workshop being creative

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

A glance at the new mt Washi Tape collection

The Japanese company mt showed us some items from the brand new mt Washi Masking Tape collection including some really cool Christmas tapes. They developed a lot of beautiful tapes with incredible prints that create a great effect. Just look at the tapes with the crazy map design. The tape with the colourful bows is also very suitable to cut out the bows and stick them on something. The Christmas tapes you see on the last pictures are great too, but we don’t know if we can get them yet. What do you think about the new collection? Do you have a favourite already?

Wide and narrow Masking tapes from the new mt collection

Wide and narrow Masking tapes from the new mt collection

What cool designs, especially the maps!

What cool designs, especially the maps!

That looks so awesome, you can't even tell that these are pieces of tape

That looks so awesome, you cannot even see that these are tapes

Really cool labels and seal mt tapes

Really cool labels and seal mt tapes

The bottle tape is one of our favourites, it looks amazing

The bottle tape is one of our favourites, it looks amazing

Very handy to have - letters, numbers, ribbons

Very handy to have - letters, numbers, ribbons

Super colourful and happy - the middle tape even has an educational effect

Super colourful and happy - the middle tape even has an educational effect

Super funny garland tapes in a craft design

Super funny garland tapes in a craft design

A couple of different Christmas Washi Tapes

A couple of different Christmas Washi Tapes

The Christmas tape with animals wearing Christmas hats is just hilarious

The Christmas tape with animals wearing Christmas hats is just hilarious

Super cute Hello Kitty eraser giveaway on Facebook

Time for another giveaway, don’t you think? And this time we have something super exclusive for you. From our business trip to Japan last week we brought back some super mega kawaii Hello Kitty erasers. They are just incredibly awesome and they are really just sold in Japan. We are not allowed to sell them outside of Japan. We respect that of course, and so one really lucky winner will get this set of three Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway. The rules are still the same as in our former Facebook giveaways:

1) Like our Facebook page
2) Like the giveaway pic
3) Share the pic and comment “I want Hello Kitty eraser!”

The giveaway is open until Tuesday, July 17th, good luck to everyone.

What a cute set. Win these Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway!

What a cute set. Win these Hello Kitty erasers in our Facebook giveaway!

Incredible mt masking tape store at Tokyo’s Uniqlo

Maybe you’ve heard about the collaboration between the Japanese companies mt masking tape and Uniqlo. They started a wonderful collection of shirts with mt Washi tape prints. When you buy one of the shirts you get a Washi tape on top. The shirts look amazing of course, the tape designs are really perfect to be put on fabric.

But what we want to show you today are pictures of the mt section in Tokyo’s Uniqlo Ginza shop. We were so amazed when we saw the pictures, because the whole shop is covered in Washi Tape designs. It totally shows you what a wonderful eye-catcher Washi tape can be and that you can use it as home decoration as well. We already have visions of whole walls being covered in Washi tape.

If you live in cities which have a Uniqlo store you might still be able to get one of the pretty shirts. And if you don’t, maybe these pictures inspire your creativity for home decoration.

Masking tapes and shirts - a wonderful combinaltion at Uniqlo Ginza in Tokyo

Masking tapes and shirts - a wonderful combination at Uniqlo Ginza in Tokyo

The wonderful Washi tape patterns are everywhere

The wonderful Washi tape patterns are everywhere

A wall in the store with lots of different mt Masking tapes

A wall in the store with lots of different mt Masking tapes

Even the floor is designed in Washi tape style

Even the floor is designed in Washi tape style

What a great idea to use lots of Washi tapes to build a fence

What a great idea to use lots of Washi tapes to build a fence

Some of the beautiful shirts from the mt x uniqlo collection

Some of the beautiful shirts from the mt x uniqlo collection

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