Dear my customers and friends, 

I would like to share little bit about me. 

I'm originally from Izu Peninsula, Japan.

Growing up, I was surrounded by lots of creative energy from my family- a builder, cook, dancer, musician, calligrapher, painter, and poet -  I was always fond of making things. 

 

The big journey to North America at age 20.  

After wandering and searching, I rediscovered the joy of creating while attending Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Painting was my favourite but doing some metal smithing in between gave a good balance in my creative mind.  Soon after, I went to New York city to study painting at Cooper Union and metals at Parsons

New York city fascinated me.  I lived in so many different neighbourhood, and I had met and made many extraordinary friends there.

New York city became my home away home, and I lived and worked there for 18 years.  

Started Miki Tanaka jewelry in 2001, my jewelry was and is  sold in stores in USA, Japan, Australia and UK. 

Our last studio/home was in Redhook, Brooklyn.  

Moved to Bowen Island, British Columbia in 2017.

Currently my husband, Bob (who has been with me since 1997 and is originally from Bowen Island), 3 brooklynites cats (we brought them from brooklyn!) and I live on Bowen Island.  

We opened the studio/store in Artisan Square on the Island. 

I love cooking, playing ukulele, always lived near ocean, enjoy black medium roast coffee, love wearing loose clothes and being bare feet, love writing letters and drawing people and cats.

I love the challenge of making things.

I love seeing my jewelry on people. 

 

Hope to see you at our store on Bowen Island someday!

Thank you.  

xxx