Welcome to my blog, I’m so glad you’re here. Just in case you were wondering, my name is pronounced “sun – eye”. If you, like me, are obsessed with all things design, craft, illustration and diy fashion, you might enjoy what I’m doing here on this li’l space.
A little (or perhaps more than you ever wanted to know) about my background…
I studied Communications, Business and Education at UCLA and once propelled into the real world, I didn’t know what to do. I started out as an administrative assistant (quickly promoted to Account Executive – an elusive title that still didn’t mask the fact that I was making copies for a living) at a glamorous marketing company right out of college. After a year, I decided spending hours coming up with marketing taglines wasn’t my cup of tea, and went to Japan to teach English via the JET program. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life and arguably one of the most magical (next to having a child).
After two years of teaching, I went back to UCLA for a graduate degree in Educational Counseling. And this is where my nomadic career starts because it turns out that I didn’t really want to do educational counseling. I have been a graphic designer, a manager of international programs, a director of operations for a theater company, a production associate for the Pottery Barn catalog, a dispatcher for a neighborhood watch, an artist/manager for a handmade gift ware company. Most recently I’ve worked for companies like Corbis and Microsoft in “Creative Services”, predominantly as a project manager for digital media. For a few sleep-deprived years as a new mother, I did some freelance illustration specializing in girly, fashion-y and children’s illustration. I even had a couple of art shows to boot.
My first children’s book, Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl, will come out in May 2015, and I’m currently working on a sewing book that will be published in Spring of 2016.
I live in Seattle, and I have a wonderful husband and fabulous little girl (“K” will pop up a lot around here), and they are my everything.
This blog is my attempt at trying all the things that feel right and being open to surprises. I hope you’ll join me as I bumble through…
Want to know more? Or work with me? Let’s talk! Email me: sanaeishida13ATgmail.com