Ao says hi :)
Besides working on the site redesign and stories section, I've also been busy making a bunch of new items for the shop area. As always, my hope is to create items that brighten your space and day.
Here's all that's new in the Mimo Shop!
I've been searching for the ideal notebook for years and finally decided to make my own. After many iterations, I finally came up with two different options, which I've conveniently named the Mimo Notebook and Chai Notebook ;p I've been using them for sketching lately and am really happy with them!
Details. Shown with Palomino Blackwing pencil, one of my favorites.
I want to make enough for whoever else is looking for the same thing. Please note they're listed as "pre-orders" right now so I can make them at batches at a time. Yes I am literally hand-assembling them right now from materials I've gathered from different sources. It's very time-consuming but I really like the outcome. Once I've fulfilled the initial orders I may offer them in batches only. There are currently a few ready in stock :)
The canvas tote is something new I had made for my recent pop-up booth. I really like how they turned out so I'm offering them on the site as well.
This is a redraw of one of the very first prints I offered. As someone who grew up in the magical world of books by Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, Bill Watterson and others, it still speaks to me. And a tree/garden setting is my happy place. I find a lot of comfort in this little escape and hope it does the same for others.
Sometimes I find I like the sketch/line version of a drawing just as much as the final render. I decided to offer it as a separate print in case others feel the same :)
This was actually inspired by this chat sticker, and it turned into a whole scene :) This illustration establishes the mood and environment I see this world heading in. While I'm not starting with Emme + crew's story, it's definitely always on my mind.
Finally, this is essentially the "hero illustration" of this site. 'Live in Wonder' has been something I've lived by since long before I started mimochai. It's just the idea that life is better when we maintain that sense of wonder we all have as children. To marvel at our universe, big and small. To question things we take for granted. Because when you think about it, everything is actually pretty amazing. It's easy to become jaded and cynical as we get older. I hope we can all live in wonder.
The shop itself is also redesigned for a better experience, with clearer categories and navigation. There's also Ao as your little shopkeeper helper :) I hope you like it!