Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, I am Shan Shan. My first name is Shan and my last name is Shan, too. I was born and raised in QinTao of China. I lived and studied in Kyoto, Japan until two years ago when I moved to Osaka from Kyoto with my husband, who’s a game creator. I love Kyoto so much; it is the most beautiful place in my mind.
I am a fashion blogger, but my blog isn’t only about fashion. I love to feature my work, my favorite art, photographs and lovely people I see and meet.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I do a variety of jobs: blogging, online shop owner, magazine reporter, photographer, craft teacher, textile artist and translator. In the near future, I would like to work as a stylist.
What first made you want to become an artist?
Even as a child, I wanted to be different from everyone else. I loved to customize and make my own clothes. I found making my original clothes and art to be the best outlet for me to be creative and unique.
Please describe your creative process.
I’m always inspired by art and fashion. I start by going through my recent scribbles in my sketchbook.
Then I move on to the “how”: felting, dyeing, embroidery, and finally finishing by making a lining for the hat.
I am a housewife, so I go into work mode as soon as my husband leaves for work. As for materials, the main base is wool and yarn, and I use lace and beads for decoration, and fabric for the lining.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I love vintage items, photographs, and enjoy all fun, original art and handmade items.
Name your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.
By Yukio Mishima:
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
Keep your work original and take beautiful photographs!
How do you promote your work?
In ten years, where would you like to be?
Making fashion and crafts with my future children in my vintage shop and cafe!