O U R S T O R Y
C A R I & T H E L E T T E R P R E S S
in 2005, my hands touched my first printing press and life as i knew it would be forever changed. the sound, the smell, the ink on my hands felt all too familiar...like i had done this in a past life...or something. joy had found me!
two months after this moment, a kind printer gifted me with my first press and all that i needed serendipitously showed up at my doorstep. my universe had a plan and i rose up to meet her.
miemiko was born out of a love of process, of creating and is my vehicle of connecting and communicating.
thank you for allowing me to do so.
M I E M I K O the shop
this shop lived for so many years...in my head...and in my heart. the fact that it physically exists has taught me a lesson in sitting in the possibility of something. the shop crossed paths with us later in our journey but if you heard my story, i always say...if it came any earlier, i would be chasing the wrong things in a non-authentic way. if you heard my story, you would know this phrase that i use...the right store, found the right me, at the right time.
if you're in the area, kindly step in to what i hope is (as one customer described) what your imagination looks like!
allow us to charm you!
O U R N A M E
i am often asked, "what does miemiko mean?"
well, here's the heartbeat behind our name . . . MIE is part of my middle name, taMIE. MIKO is part of my mom's middle name, taMIKO. mie-miko. miemiko. it had a ring to it and when i had a hanko seal maker look up the character meaning, he passed on to me: TO SEE. BEAUTY. BRIGHT and SHINING. TO BE GIVING.
although half of our namesake is no longer with us, her heart beats through me in the most gracious way. she was a maker. i carry that gene! wherever i am, there she is.
H E R N A M E
with this special process and with this new, beautiful press in hand, a relationship must be built and nurtured. first, it was deserving of a name! made of cast iron, strong, resilient and hardworking. my head thought it was a boy. i went through various male names, chandler (as it was a c&p), charlie and a few others that never quite felt right. then...my heart whispered, "silly, she's a girl!" and i said, "ooohhh, that explains it!" since that moment, she became miss penelope. made of cast iron, strong, resilient and hardworking!