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maai
a designer of Q.HEART sexy&cute
YEAR OF BIRTH♥ 1980
NATIONALITY♥ JAPAN
PLACE TO LIVE♥ A TROPICAL ISLAND
FAVORITE♥ BOOGIE, BEACH, DANCE, DRESS UP, SUNSET, PHOTOGRAPHY
DREAM♥ TO SPREAD THE SEXY&CUTE SPIRIT ALL OVER THE WORLD
MOTTO♥ WORK HARD!PLAY HARD!

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Good morning!
Yesterday I treated myself for new clothes!
One of them is this VINO TOP in Mint!
I coordinated with high waist black skirt and pointed low heels!
Added a clutch bag,too!
Elegant office style.
I love to style up a casual top into an elegant style!
How you wanna dress up with this?
Have a lovely day xxx
*Do not forget to check out the VINO TOP online boutique!
HERE!!
http://q-heart.com/product/vino-top/
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I am a big fan of tie&dye!
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Good morning, everyone. I am back in the island finally. I must say I had a wonderful trip and Q.HEART is happy too!! Thank you for wonderful support, guys. The last supper in Tokyo- Seafood kimuchi pod- Oysters, Scallops and pork. I will be going back to Japan soon!!
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As I live on the island of Bali, I have chances to meet loads of new people.
So… I have been asked same questions over and over! Haha! It is Bali! All the expats here say a lot of the same things for sure!
I should make a list of FAQ about me here!
 
Q1. Where are you from?
A. I am from Japan.
- Seriously in these days in Bali, there are people from all over the world ! They can’t tell where I am from any more!
 
Q2. How long have you been in Bali?
A. 2014 is my 9th year in the island.
- It has been for a while now!! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone!
 
Q3. Why did you decide to come to Bali?
A. Like everybody else, I fell in love with the island and couldn’t let it go! So I quit my job and moved here.
- I bet 90% of people who live here say same things!
 
Q4. Are you going to live in Bali for good?
A. I have no idea and no plans at all! I will see where I want to be but at the moment, I would love to stay on this island!
-I wish Bali would stay the same as it is….!
 
Q5. What things hold you to stay in Bali? Why Bali?
A. The surf, designing for my own business and the night/social life. I can’t think of any other place where I can have them all!
- I love the lifestyle with freedom here!!
 
Q6. Did you study designing clothes?
A. No, but I studied Fashion business in Tokyo after graduating high school at the age of 18 to 20.
-In addition since I was a little girl, I wanted to be involved fashion as a job.
 
Q7. How do you design clothes? How do you come up with designs?
A. I don’t read fashion magazines at all and I don’t follow any of trends around the world. I just have some images of clothes that I would like to wear in certain situations. I may have images in my head and I often draw them when I am laying on a sarong on the beach.
-I am not following the way how designers should be!!
 
Q8. How often do you go back to Japan?
A. Rarely!! The last time I went home was 3 and half years ago! But I am on the way to Japan now! I will be back in Japan for IFF-trade show in Tokyo!My first trade show!!
- Yes!! I am going back to Japan in winter! I have not experienced winter for 8 years!
Despite of cold winter-I can’t remember how freezing it is anymore! But I will know it very soon-, I am looking forward to learning lots of things and having many encounters!
 
 I will let you know how it was when I come back to tropical island Bali! Maybe people in Japan ask me the questions I mentioned here!
 
Do you have any questions about me rather than these? Let me know if you do!
Lots of loves
maai
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My icon funky-sexy&cute
 
Are you a resort loving maxi dress fan? 
You may be, if you are fan of Q.HEART!
 Yes, I am! I am a fan of resort maxi dress. I don’t know how many of them I have in my wardrobe.
 But tell you the truth…..  before I designed it, I was thinking I would have never worn it because it was not my cup of tea! But look!! Now that I have it, I cannot live without it!! I have heard many girls say same things as I do!
»CHECK OUT MAXI DRESS COLLECTION
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 Despite this, I always liked the maxi length dress/skirt. The influence came from my favourite hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill. Her fashion was always the one I looked at in admiration. Funky-sexy & cute! This is it!
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One of dress I designed has this ‘Funky-sexy&cute’ flavour.
The top part is tight while it still has a casual taste as I used a material called ‘stretch twill’. The wide skirt is very funky. The front zip is the sexy part! For the cut off damaged look, we do a special wash after the dress is sewn.
I personally love to dress it up with elegance flavour. Adding high heels and feminine jewels is perfect for my style!
What about you?
Maybe having a funky scarf like Erykah Badu? 
 
»CHECK OUT FUNKY DRESS
We have this black and brown.
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By the way, Ms.Hill is my favourite singer! When I moved to my tiny room in Tokyo to follow my fashion dream in my age of 18, I only had one CD album before all my belongings were sent over from my parent’s house…. I have no idea how many times I have listened to this song….
Everything is everythingWhat is meant to be, will beAfter winter, must come springChange, it comes eventuallySometimes it seemsWe’ll touch that dreamBut things come slow or not at allAnd the ones on top, won’t make it stopSo convinced that they might fallLet’s love ourselves then we can’t fallTo make a better situationTomorrow, our seeds will growAll we need is dedicationLet me tell ya thatEverything is EverythingEverything is EverythingAfter winter, must come springEverything is Everything
 
I am on the way to follow my dreams, everyone! My seeds are growing a bit by bit!! I thank you all to support and encourage me. 
 
Lots of loves
Designer maai
 
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My icon funky-sexy&cute
 
Are you a resort loving maxi dress fan? 
You may be, if you are fan of Q.HEART!
 Yes, I am! I am a fan of resort maxi dress. I don’t know how many of them I have in my wardrobe.
 But tell you the truth…..  before I designed it, I was thinking I would have never worn it because it was not my cup of tea! But look!! Now that I have it, I cannot live without it!! I have heard many girls say same things as I do!
»CHECK OUT MAXI DRESS COLLECTION
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 Despite this, I always liked the maxi length dress/skirt. The influence came from my favourite hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill. Her fashion was always the one I looked at in admiration. Funky-sexy & cute! This is it!
*
One of dress I designed has this ‘Funky-sexy&cute’ flavour.
The top part is tight while it still has a casual taste as I used a material called ‘stretch twill’. The wide skirt is very funky. The front zip is the sexy part! For the cut off damaged look, we do a special wash after the dress is sewn.
I personally love to dress it up with elegance flavour. Adding high heels and feminine jewels is perfect for my style!
What about you?
Maybe having a funky scarf like Erykah Badu? 
 
»CHECK OUT FUNKY DRESS
We have this black and brown.
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By the way, Ms.Hill is my favourite singer! When I moved to my tiny room in Tokyo to follow my fashion dream in my age of 18, I only had one CD album before all my belongings were sent over from my parent’s house…. I have no idea how many times I have listened to this song….
Everything is everythingWhat is meant to be, will beAfter winter, must come springChange, it comes eventuallySometimes it seemsWe’ll touch that dreamBut things come slow or not at allAnd the ones on top, won’t make it stopSo convinced that they might fallLet’s love ourselves then we can’t fallTo make a better situationTomorrow, our seeds will growAll we need is dedicationLet me tell ya thatEverything is EverythingEverything is EverythingAfter winter, must come springEverything is Everything
 
I am on the way to follow my dreams, everyone! My seeds are growing a bit by bit!! I thank you all to support and encourage me. 
 
Lots of loves
Designer maai
 
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http://q-heart.com/ja/product/kristendress/
Stretchy and butter soft material
Square neck
Empire cut
Gathered flare skirt

Our best selling Victoria dress nailed this square neck and I wanted to reform the dress as casual/day dress. So I cut the sleeves and re-designed the skirt part. I love this cute look! The dress reminds me one of my g.f Kristen a lot so I named it after her!
Size M : Bust 36cm, Length 80cm
Size XL: Bust 40cm, Length 84cm
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http://q-heart.com/ja/product/kristendress/
Stretchy and butter soft material
Square neck
Empire cut
Gathered flare skirt

Our best selling Victoria dress nailed this square neck and I wanted to reform the dress as casual/day dress. So I cut the sleeves and re-designed the skirt part. I love this cute look! The dress reminds me one of my g.f Kristen a lot so I named it after her!
Size M : Bust 36cm, Length 80cm
Size XL: Bust 40cm, Length 84cm
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http://q-heart.com/ja/product/kristendress/
Stretchy and butter soft material
Square neck
Empire cut
Gathered flare skirt

Our best selling Victoria dress nailed this square neck and I wanted to reform the dress as casual/day dress. So I cut the sleeves and re-designed the skirt part. I love this cute look! The dress reminds me one of my g.f Kristen a lot so I named it after her!
Size M : Bust 36cm, Length 80cm
Size XL: Bust 40cm, Length 84cm
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http://q-heart.com/ja/product/kristendress/
Stretchy and butter soft material
Square neck
Empire cut
Gathered flare skirt

Our best selling Victoria dress nailed this square neck and I wanted to reform the dress as casual/day dress. So I cut the sleeves and re-designed the skirt part. I love this cute look! The dress reminds me one of my g.f Kristen a lot so I named it after her!
Size M : Bust 36cm, Length 80cm
Size XL: Bust 40cm, Length 84cm
qheart:

http://q-heart.com/ja/product/kristendress/
Stretchy and butter soft material
Square neck
Empire cut
Gathered flare skirt

Our best selling Victoria dress nailed this square neck and I wanted to reform the dress as casual/day dress. So I cut the sleeves and re-designed the skirt part. I love this cute look! The dress reminds me one of my g.f Kristen a lot so I named it after her!
Size M : Bust 36cm, Length 80cm
Size XL: Bust 40cm, Length 84cm
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  I would like to pick one of our products from our 2014 collection and tell you the background story today.
 I have been producing clothing in the tropical island of Bali where the fabric source is limited. About a half decade ago, organic cotton was becoming more popular here. But finally a couple of years ago Bamboo fabric has become available to purchase on the island.
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 As you may have read the tie-dye inspiration story in our blog post, the dying factory is one of my inspiration sources as well. They use bamboo for their flooring.
 I had this idea in my mind…
What if I use bamboo material and use bamboo itself to make the motif, and call it the BAMBOO MAXI DRESS….
 So my challenge began.
I talked to the craftsmen about my idea. But they had never made a motif from Bamboo, so it was put on the side for a long while.
I had to take a stand for the idea. I went to the factory with some left over fabric to make samples as I was desperate to make a Bamboo dress.
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We picked some bamboo from the back yard. The craftsman and I were trying to figure out how we could create the motif which is not complicated- if it is too complicated, it cause problems in production- so we have to make it easily and also be able to make it repeatedly.
It is so fun to work with them. And you know since it is their business, time is money!! But they do not mind at all to use their time for me. They enjoy finding new motif with me as they are also creative people. This is about Bali. I love this warmth.
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The difficult part was that bamboo is round. When we tried some, they moved. We tried to tie up, fabric on the top and underneath….
The basic idea is the round bamboo and the gap can create the motif.
Puffff , how come that was so difficult?

 
 
We refreshed our mind and we put the bamboo on the floors and cloth on the top simply.  It was a really good idea!!  We finally came up to the beautiful and natural look motif!!
Everyone was nodding … and imagining how it becomes a dress!!
Here it is the Bamboo maxi dress!!
I love the natural look of the stripes which gives us warmth!!
I mentioned often that our products have love and care.  Everyone who read this post now knows what I mean!
 I had one of the bamboo dresses on one afternoon. One of my friends came up to me and she demanded that

I WANNA HAVE THE SAME ONE!

This is the very measure of success in designing a dress!
 
How do you like our bamboo maxi dress, girls?
Let me know what you think! And when you like it, please use the thumb up to encourage me!

 
»CHECK OUT BAMBOO MAXI DRESS PRODUCT PAGE
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  I would like to pick one of our products from our 2014 collection and tell you the background story today.
 I have been producing clothing in the tropical island of Bali where the fabric source is limited. About a half decade ago, organic cotton was becoming more popular here. But finally a couple of years ago Bamboo fabric has become available to purchase on the island.
*
 As you may have read the tie-dye inspiration story in our blog post, the dying factory is one of my inspiration sources as well. They use bamboo for their flooring.
 I had this idea in my mind…
What if I use bamboo material and use bamboo itself to make the motif, and call it the BAMBOO MAXI DRESS….
 So my challenge began.
I talked to the craftsmen about my idea. But they had never made a motif from Bamboo, so it was put on the side for a long while.
I had to take a stand for the idea. I went to the factory with some left over fabric to make samples as I was desperate to make a Bamboo dress.
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We picked some bamboo from the back yard. The craftsman and I were trying to figure out how we could create the motif which is not complicated- if it is too complicated, it cause problems in production- so we have to make it easily and also be able to make it repeatedly.
It is so fun to work with them. And you know since it is their business, time is money!! But they do not mind at all to use their time for me. They enjoy finding new motif with me as they are also creative people. This is about Bali. I love this warmth.
*
The difficult part was that bamboo is round. When we tried some, they moved. We tried to tie up, fabric on the top and underneath….
The basic idea is the round bamboo and the gap can create the motif.
Puffff , how come that was so difficult?

 
 
We refreshed our mind and we put the bamboo on the floors and cloth on the top simply.  It was a really good idea!!  We finally came up to the beautiful and natural look motif!!
Everyone was nodding … and imagining how it becomes a dress!!
Here it is the Bamboo maxi dress!!
I love the natural look of the stripes which gives us warmth!!
I mentioned often that our products have love and care.  Everyone who read this post now knows what I mean!
 I had one of the bamboo dresses on one afternoon. One of my friends came up to me and she demanded that

I WANNA HAVE THE SAME ONE!

This is the very measure of success in designing a dress!
 
How do you like our bamboo maxi dress, girls?
Let me know what you think! And when you like it, please use the thumb up to encourage me!

 
»CHECK OUT BAMBOO MAXI DRESS PRODUCT PAGE
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  I would like to pick one of our products from our 2014 collection and tell you the background story today.
 I have been producing clothing in the tropical island of Bali where the fabric source is limited. About a half decade ago, organic cotton was becoming more popular here. But finally a couple of years ago Bamboo fabric has become available to purchase on the island.
*
 As you may have read the tie-dye inspiration story in our blog post, the dying factory is one of my inspiration sources as well. They use bamboo for their flooring.
 I had this idea in my mind…
What if I use bamboo material and use bamboo itself to make the motif, and call it the BAMBOO MAXI DRESS….
 So my challenge began.
I talked to the craftsmen about my idea. But they had never made a motif from Bamboo, so it was put on the side for a long while.
I had to take a stand for the idea. I went to the factory with some left over fabric to make samples as I was desperate to make a Bamboo dress.
 *
We picked some bamboo from the back yard. The craftsman and I were trying to figure out how we could create the motif which is not complicated- if it is too complicated, it cause problems in production- so we have to make it easily and also be able to make it repeatedly.
It is so fun to work with them. And you know since it is their business, time is money!! But they do not mind at all to use their time for me. They enjoy finding new motif with me as they are also creative people. This is about Bali. I love this warmth.
*
The difficult part was that bamboo is round. When we tried some, they moved. We tried to tie up, fabric on the top and underneath….
The basic idea is the round bamboo and the gap can create the motif.
Puffff , how come that was so difficult?

 
 
We refreshed our mind and we put the bamboo on the floors and cloth on the top simply.  It was a really good idea!!  We finally came up to the beautiful and natural look motif!!
Everyone was nodding … and imagining how it becomes a dress!!
Here it is the Bamboo maxi dress!!
I love the natural look of the stripes which gives us warmth!!
I mentioned often that our products have love and care.  Everyone who read this post now knows what I mean!
 I had one of the bamboo dresses on one afternoon. One of my friends came up to me and she demanded that

I WANNA HAVE THE SAME ONE!

This is the very measure of success in designing a dress!
 
How do you like our bamboo maxi dress, girls?
Let me know what you think! And when you like it, please use the thumb up to encourage me!

 
»CHECK OUT BAMBOO MAXI DRESS PRODUCT PAGE
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  I would like to pick one of our products from our 2014 collection and tell you the background story today.
 I have been producing clothing in the tropical island of Bali where the fabric source is limited. About a half decade ago, organic cotton was becoming more popular here. But finally a couple of years ago Bamboo fabric has become available to purchase on the island.
*
 As you may have read the tie-dye inspiration story in our blog post, the dying factory is one of my inspiration sources as well. They use bamboo for their flooring.
 I had this idea in my mind…
What if I use bamboo material and use bamboo itself to make the motif, and call it the BAMBOO MAXI DRESS….
 So my challenge began.
I talked to the craftsmen about my idea. But they had never made a motif from Bamboo, so it was put on the side for a long while.
I had to take a stand for the idea. I went to the factory with some left over fabric to make samples as I was desperate to make a Bamboo dress.
 *
We picked some bamboo from the back yard. The craftsman and I were trying to figure out how we could create the motif which is not complicated- if it is too complicated, it cause problems in production- so we have to make it easily and also be able to make it repeatedly.
It is so fun to work with them. And you know since it is their business, time is money!! But they do not mind at all to use their time for me. They enjoy finding new motif with me as they are also creative people. This is about Bali. I love this warmth.
*
The difficult part was that bamboo is round. When we tried some, they moved. We tried to tie up, fabric on the top and underneath….
The basic idea is the round bamboo and the gap can create the motif.
Puffff , how come that was so difficult?

 
 
We refreshed our mind and we put the bamboo on the floors and cloth on the top simply.  It was a really good idea!!  We finally came up to the beautiful and natural look motif!!
Everyone was nodding … and imagining how it becomes a dress!!
Here it is the Bamboo maxi dress!!
I love the natural look of the stripes which gives us warmth!!
I mentioned often that our products have love and care.  Everyone who read this post now knows what I mean!
 I had one of the bamboo dresses on one afternoon. One of my friends came up to me and she demanded that

I WANNA HAVE THE SAME ONE!

This is the very measure of success in designing a dress!
 
How do you like our bamboo maxi dress, girls?
Let me know what you think! And when you like it, please use the thumb up to encourage me!

 
»CHECK OUT BAMBOO MAXI DRESS PRODUCT PAGE
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http://q-heart.com/product/mare-dress/
Stretchy and butter soft  material
Cache cowl neck and skirt
Elbow length sleeves 
Tucks on the back
I had a great opportunity to design the unifrom of Di Mare restaurant in Karma Kandara Resort in Bali. We transformed our wrap dress to this Mare dress. And I left the design as the  Mare dress. The Q.HEART version is shorter than the uniform. Simply elegant and sexy. 
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http://q-heart.com/product/mare-dress/
Stretchy and butter soft  material
Cache cowl neck and skirt
Elbow length sleeves 
Tucks on the back
I had a great opportunity to design the unifrom of Di Mare restaurant in Karma Kandara Resort in Bali. We transformed our wrap dress to this Mare dress. And I left the design as the  Mare dress. The Q.HEART version is shorter than the uniform. Simply elegant and sexy. 
qheart:

http://q-heart.com/product/mare-dress/
Stretchy and butter soft  material
Cache cowl neck and skirt
Elbow length sleeves 
Tucks on the back
I had a great opportunity to design the unifrom of Di Mare restaurant in Karma Kandara Resort in Bali. We transformed our wrap dress to this Mare dress. And I left the design as the  Mare dress. The Q.HEART version is shorter than the uniform. Simply elegant and sexy. 
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NAOMI DRESS
http://q-heart.com/product/naomi-dress/
Style up this simple dress in your way!
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NAOMI DRESS
http://q-heart.com/product/naomi-dress/
Style up this simple dress in your way!
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NAOMI DRESS
http://q-heart.com/product/naomi-dress/
Style up this simple dress in your way!
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NAOMI DRESS
http://q-heart.com/product/naomi-dress/
Style up this simple dress in your way!
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Silhouettes at sunset will always be a favorite of minewww.burkardphoto.com

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SURF IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST!
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My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
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Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
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My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
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My inspiration story – dying motif-
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Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
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Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
qheart:

My inspiration story – dying motif-
http://q-heart.com/
Have you ever wondered how the different Q.HEART patterns and motifs got their names? You may have been able to guess at some of them, but there are actually detailed stories of how I found the inspiration for each pattern.  The Q.HEART fans are constantly amazed when I share these stories of inspiration with them.
 
The first interesting thing about the tie dye patterns, compared to silk screen prints, is that no two pieces are the same. All of the dying is done by hand, making each and every piece unique. The flexibility of this process and the surprises that sometimes come out in the end are all a part of the fun!
Now, on to the stories of how I was inspired to create each motif…..
Cappuccino 
 The inspiration for Cappuccino happened, funnily enough, when I was visiting my dying factory. I was just about to leave after a meeting, but my attention was completely captured by a chicken that was running around. This was no ordinary chicken….. this chicken had the most beautiful feather pattern I had ever seen. I told the craftsman that I wanted to make my fabric just like the pattern on this chicken and I took a photo of her, just in case this same chicken wasn’t around the next day. When I brought the photo back to him to make the pattern, he agreed, this really was the most beautiful chicken we had ever seen and the pattern would look stunning on my dresses.
When I finally received the first sample back, I was in the middle of having my favourite drink, “cappuccino”. I looked down into the cup and what I saw was just like the sample in my hands!! Fluffy milk with chocolate on the top!!  I am very sorry for the chicken,  who isn’t being properly credited, but Cappuccino sounds a whole lot better than chicken, don’t you think?
Sunny
   My favourite thing is ‘Beaching’- just lying on top of a sarong on the beach underneath the tropical sun with a pleasant breeze blowing by. As I look up towards the sky, I see the yellow sun, the white clouds, the green leaves on the coconut trees and the blue sky. This is how I got the sunny image. Fortunately when I visited the factory, they were already in the process of making some great motifs. Even though they said “This is only the first step in making a motif”, I made them stop and look at a shot I took to redesign the Sunny motif.  The result was the optic, happy, sunny pattern.
Sky
 The mother of the island “Uluwatu”, positioned at Bali’s southern tip, is a great source of inspiration and clears my mind every time I go there.  Uluwatu definitely has blessing power. With the endless waves and ocean, the sky seems 5 times bigger than the one in town. Again I was beaching there and I was just fascinated by the beautiful gigantic sky. I took a photo of it and brought it to the factory. “Make a sky in the fabric and make it big, please!!”, I said. Yes, we managed to fit the big sky into the material! How? The craftsmen actually drew the motif by hand!! Each piece has a different face as well as sky so no two pieces have the same look! We have to dry this material for a long time since we can’t fold it like other material, so it only works when the sun is out! Sky needs sun!
Reef
With Bali’s excellent waves, it has become known as a surf heaven over the years. Bali’s reef breaks have become a favourite among the surfers, but to me, the real beauty is in exploring the reefs that lie beneath the sea. The natural colours are simply stunning. Sometimes they look just like a painting! The Q.HEART reef motif is something soft and calm. If you are into this reef motif, you will feel your feminine side.
Mermaid
I named this motif Mermaid, because you can see the dorsal fins! The image of a mermaid is something sexy&cute and exotic, isn’t it? I’ll tell you a little secret, in fact… the mermaid pattern was originally inspired by feathers. When I had the sample, I was about to name it “feathers” but I looked at it over and over, and it gradually started to look more like mermaid to me and everyone else could see the pattern too. When it becomes clothes, the pattern is gorgeous and dynamic. Have you ever seen this kind of pattern before?
Plant
One morning, in the garden, I found this vivid plant. After a big rain storm, she was very happy and shiny and seemed like she was talking to me. I couldn’t help taking a photo of her looking like a painting or something! This is about Bali, everything is cute like a comic! This motif is also drawn by the craftsman’s hands, one by one. I didn’t like the clearness of the strong colours at first, so I turned the fabric inside out. You can see the colour is a bit faded since I use the back side of the fabric instead.
Full moon 
When you live in Bali, you will realise how the moon controls our lives. In Balinese culture, they have big ceremonies for every full moon. As a wave lover, the full moon is also connected to the tide of the ocean and waves. There are no tall buildings on this island since no building can be built taller than the coconut trees , so we have a huge space in sky, where the moon floats. This pattern is inspired by the fact that in the dark sky, a full moon is floating. You can imagine how it is so!
Ice
One afternoon, I was having a catch-up lunch with a friend. I was drinking tea out of a black straw and I was playing with the ice which had a big hole in the center. I skewered the ice. It nailed my gaze! Yes, a photo time! I guess lots of people can’t picture where our ice pattern comes from. Now you all know!
*
Guys, inspirations are infinite, creativity is endless. I love to keep seeking new inspirations and share them with all of you! Stay tuned!
Lots of loves xxxxx
Designer
maai
 


 
Most people think the buildings can’t be higher than the temples, but actually, they aren’t supposed to be higher than the coconut trees
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