Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Get to Know... Oktak

Meet Aki, the woman who designs and makes handmade bags, frame pouches and baby goods at Oktak and Oktakmini. I absolutely love her framed pouches and bought myself a medium sized one. If you haven't been to her shops yet, I highly recommend checking them out. She has also graciously agreed to finish my sentences and giveaway an item from her shop! Read on to learn more about her and how to enter to win.
I am... a designer, crafter, businesswoman, wife & mom, displaced Tokyoite and an avid cat-lover.

I was... a typical "indoor" girl who loved all forms of art - painting, drawing, sewing, dancing, playing music. I remember being four years old and loving rainy days. I was mesmerized by the shapes of rain, and loved crafting as I listened to music.

I will be... focusing more and more on giving back as I grow older. What little I've achieved in life would amount to nothing if I did not give back to anyone.
One of my favorite quotes (this is from the film, "Monsieur Ibrahim"): "What you give is yours forever, what you keep is lost forever".

I am motivated by... beautiful colors and fun designs, and the happiness they bring!

Many people don't know that... I've played the piano since I was four and am pretty good at it!

Most days, you can find me... at home, working on a new project with a cup of tea.

I'd like to learn... Japanese calligraphy, to dress myself properly in a kimono, and take up French again.

I have never... traveled to South America or Australia - those are the only 2 continents I've never set foot on. I'd love to visit some day!

If I won the lottery, I would... buy an apartment here in New York! (We've been looking for several years!) It doesn't have to be lavish, and I'd give the rest away to my favorite charities.

I'd like to thank the Academy for... recognizing my work! It truly feels wonderful to know that other people enjoy what I make as much I enjoy making them. It makes everything worthwhile. Thank you June!!
Now for the giveaway!
So a lucky reader will win a choice of a free mini or zipper pouch priced at $22 or less. To enter, just leave a comment to let me know your favorite item from her shop. You have until Nov. 23rd to enter, and please make sure you leave your name and contact info. If I can't contact you, you can't win. I will randomly pick and announce the winner on the 24th. Good luck!

For additional entries:
1. Follow @oktak on twitter, and tell me that you did.
2. Twitter about this giveaway. Please have @juneshindesigns in the tweet so I can track it.
3. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post.
4. Become a follower of my blog.

51 comments:

Annette said...

Thank you for introducing this artist - I love her work! My fav mini frame is the square- vintage flowers on orange.

Annette said...

I am one of your blog followers. =)

Sydney said...

There are too many I like!! I'd have to pick the large zipper pouch - ochre wallpaper flowers as my favorite.

Sydney said...

I follow your blog

LaAlicia said...

oooh, I like so many but I think this is my fave -- just too cutie with the birdie! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32748804

I already follow oktak on twitter

I'm now following your blog.

Carrie G said...

I met oktak and I am in love!
I have an orignal oktak and am addicted. I know it doesn't meet the $22 critera, but the plastic frame clutch with the mustard hummingbird is amazing!

I follow oktak on twitter. And you...

Caitlin T. said...

so much goodness! i love the mini frame pouch with white and blue flowers on a yellow background.

thanks!

Kaoru said...

I love oktak's items and have many of them already. She's a lovely lady and I'm glad you interviewed her! I'd like to enter the giveaway too. I like "mini frame pouch - floral ribbon on blue and white stripes" thanks!

Rae Ann said...

I love oktak's work so much! I already own 2 pieces from her and I've been recommending her store to everyone who comments on the pouch and clutch I own. My current favorite is the "large zipper pouch - lace and velvet on polka dots on mocha". Outside of the $22 range, I know, but adorable and its on my list of possible holiday gifts for my baby sister. :)

Rae Ann said...

I've already been following oktak on Twitter for a while now. :) Love to oktak from @heartlikehers!

San said...

The Rectangular frame pouch - gold dots is adorable!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy
jobicohn(at)hotmail(dot)com

ehaire said...

She makes so many lovely things! I'd have to say my favorite is the flower applique pouch on denim.

I follow your blog!

Thanks,
Erika
erika.haire@verizon.net

julia said...

What a great new artist to find out about! I love the agapanthus on blue mini frame pouch. So cute and dainty with the embroidery. :)

Feminine Personae said...

XL frame pouch - pearl dots with ruffles and sage velvet
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31657303

i'm really into ruffles lately.. very nice website...

luna_pixie said...

Hi there! My favourite is the Medium frame pouch (square) - folklore eggplant:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33684308
and if i may add - iLike the following too!
long frame pouch - pink flowers and mint green dots; mini frame pouch - pink stripes on fuchsia; frame purse - silver dots; eco-friendly grocery bag - red stripes and birds...
all of them are amazing!! <3

luna_pixie said...

i love this artist's work! i already follow @oktak on twitter - im so glad you're having this giveaway! (my favourite is Medium frame pouch (square) - folklore eggplant)

luna_pixie said...

hi =) im already a follower of your blog! <3 everything!

luna_pixie said...

i've tweeted about the giveaway - http://twitter.com/luna_pixie

luna_pixie said...

hi! i don't have a blog - so i posted it on facebook =D im a fan of your page so maybe you'll be able to see it =P http://www.facebook.com/luna.pixie.nina hope that counts as an entry =P

AsianCajuns (Lauren) said...

So cool, June! And thanks for doing these interviews (and giveaways ;) I love hearing how creative peeps work!

I love the mini frame pouches with the floral patterned fabric- so pretty! The elephant fabric is also so adorable!!!

Sherry said...

how pretty! I love the brown dots on cream, and I'm going to follow your blog now!

Peach Rainbow said...

i love the large zipper pouch - ochre wallpaper flowers

Peach Rainbow said...

i follow!

Peach Rainbow said...

i blogged about it here; http://peachrainbow.blogspot.com/2009/11/win-beautiful-pouch.html

Ave said...

I love XL frame pouch - polka dots on orange red.
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Ave said...

I follow @oktak on Twitter.
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Ave said...

Follow your blog.
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Ave said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/MadeInCanarias/status/5943139623
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Carrie said...

I love reading your interviews, and as always, this one was great! I'm pleased to learn about this artist and her work.

My favourite piece in her shop in the double compartment pouch in folklore eggplant.

Carrie said...

I follow Oktak on Twitter

Carrie said...

And I follow you blog!

hine said...

Great interview! I LOVE oktak's work! My favorite is.... that's so hard! It might be this one... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28440515
If it's under $22, I love this one. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34812220

I already follow oktak on twitter. And I'm going to follow your blog! Thanks! :)

Carmenesque said...

I'm a proud owner of this pouch: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34698246 but would love to have another cutie, like this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34739243
Thanks for this giveaway! :)

Danielle said...

I've been oggling her aqua bubbles on hot pink magazine tote for some time! Danielle: dannyyell@hotmail.com

HeyNiceSweater said...

1. I love ALL of her pouches!

2. I already follow Oktak.

3. I'm now following you.

4. AND I'm following your blog.

Tah dah!!!!!

:)

TheFancyLamb said...

I LOVE Oktak's work. And she seems like a genuine and kind individual which makes me appreciate her work all the more.

I've been on a folk art kick lately, so my favorite item is the pouch in the Folklore Blue pattern. Just lovely!

You can contact me via my Etsy shop: http://TheFancyLamb.etsy.com

Thank you!

TheFancyLamb said...

I also follow Oktak on Twitter.

TheFancyLamb said...

And I will be tweeting about this giveaway momentarily!

mjb said...

I like the 2 compartment pouch retro flowers http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33761567 and so many other things! I also follow oktak on twitter.

Susan said...

I love everything in Aki's shop, it is one of my favorite Etsy shops (I check it almost every day). LOVE the fabrics. If I must choose just one

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34656601

Love the color and design on this fabric.

susan at suzini dot com

miznyc said...

I just love Aki's work. It's hard to pick a favorite!

I'll choose pebbles on gray

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32629469

miznyc said...

I also follow Aki on twitter - I'm shopbatty!

miznyc said...

And lastly, I follow your blog!

miznyc said...

Oops! I also retweeted this giveaway!

Eliza said...

Absolutely love the purses on this. I collect anything elephant so I love those too. I am now following on twitter (I am libraryeliza) and the blog on my bloglines! So much fun!

Julia W said...

(Trying to post again. I think I forgot the word verification. Sorry if this is posted twice!)

My favorite item is the one that I purchased from her shop eco-friendly shopping bag - I love the chicken shooting out pink eggs! So funny!

My favorite item currently selling in her shop is the folklore eggplant pouch - Very cute. Maybe I have a thing for chickens and roosters. :)

Julia W said...

I retweeted the contest tweeted by oktak

luna_pixie said...

hi again! a correction of my first comment (November 19, 2009 5:18 AM) - forgot that its' meant to be a mini or a zipper pouch! my bad =/ so my favourite is the mini frame pouch - pink stripes on fuchsia http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23299153
you should come to south africa! you'd love it =P

Aik said...

I love the mini frame pouch - diagonal flowers blue!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

Following oktak on Twitter @aikchien

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I'm a follower.

aikychien at yahoo dot com