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Tips for Fall

Posted in Uncategorized by tokicollection on September 19, 2008

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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GEN ART FRESH FACES 2008!

Posted in Uncategorized by tokicollection on 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!

Nature at it’s finest….

Posted in Uncategorized by tokicollection on September 12, 2008

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.

Stripped…..

Posted in Uncategorized by tokicollection on September 11, 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?

Pebbles…..

Posted in Uncategorized by tokicollection on September 3, 2008

I’ve been going back and forth with liking monochromatic color schemes and bright pops of color. I found these images (which are happily slapped on my wall) in this month’s Elle Decoration (why is the UK pub so much better!) and the Miss Van illustration on the right from Juxtapoz Magazine.

Yesterday, I think I was feeling more monochromatic than colorful. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t stop making these little pebbles. Pretty, aren’t they?