{ mie + miko + penelope }

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 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 greet 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.


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, 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!"  from that moment, she became miss penelope.  made of cast iron, strong, resilient and hardworking!


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 share in my imagination, and hopefully spark yours!

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 chose these for 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 am a maker.  wherever i am, there she is.