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About Yuko

Hi friend,
It's Yuko Miki, the founder and artist behind Honeyberry Studios.


I believe art heals and self-care is for everyone. Art is not a luxury reserved only for those with extra resources.

You deserve beauty and joy in your life.

Loving yourself is an act of resistance.

No matter what you've been told, you matter.

Your voice matters. Your needs matter. Your creativity matters.

Like many of you, I’ve recently realized I hadn’t done enough to call out the systemic racism, which has dehumanized our Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities for centuries.

I’ve renewed my commitment to the anti-racism work, and here is what I’ve been doing to incorporate my values into Honeyberry Studios’ practices:

  • I continue to question and examine my own privileges and will adjust my belief as I learn new information.
  • I've been contacting and researching my suppliers/manufactures and slowly replacing ones who do not share the same values with new partners whose values are more in line.
  • I review my work and messaging more critically through an anti-racism framework and do my best to make my creations more inclusive.
  • A portion of my sales are donated monthly to Seattle non-profits who are serving the marginalized communities.
  • I've been checking in with my anti-racism accountability partner regularly to support each other in our work and struggles.
  • Ecological stewardship is anti-racism. I'm actively re-using shipping/packaging materials and sourcing recycled/recyclable/compostable materials as much as I can. I'm transitioning out of single-use plastic sleeves as I run out of inventories at hand, and I'm becoming more intentional about using non-toxic art materials.

I understand this is a life-long work and will not stop until it's over.

I’m also trying to be extra mindful of my self-care because my well-being matters. I take care of myself so I can keep showing up as a whole person.

Thank you for being part of the journey. We're in this together. 

And here is a little bit more about me 👇🏼 👇🏼 👇🏼
I grew up in Himeji, Japan and have been living in Seattle since 1996.
My dad, mom, and brother still live in Japan, and I try to visit them every couple of years.

{Here is my partner, Dave, my dad, me, and my mom in Kanazawa, Japan in October 2017.}

I became a full-time artist in July 2015. Before that, I worked for LifeWire, a non-profit domestic violence organization, for 14 years.
I don't have an art degree but have always loved to doodle and do crafty things.
Drawing was a hobby at first but people started noticing what I made and started asking if I could make art for them.
I started selling my crochet fingerless gloves on Etsy in 2010 and kept making more things. I got burnt out on making crochet products, though, and started making more illustrations in 2013-ish.
My job at the DV org was super rewarding and I loved the people I worked with.
But I started feeling that something was missing.
I wanted to do something more creative, something that felt more positive and happy.
I was struggling more and more to stay engaged in my job.
I could tell my heart wasn't in it 100% any more.
So I took a week off to think - Dave and I sat down one evening and crunched all our numbers. After doing our budget, we found that his income could support us for the foreseeable future.
I gave my notice that following Monday.
It was a very scary decision to quit.
I started working there right out of college and was the youngest person there. 14 years and several positions later, I was no longer the youngest.
I had more experience and different life goals.
Leaving my friends, routine, and steady paycheck was so out of my comfort zone!!
But 5 years later, my business continues to grow, and I've never regretted my decision to quit.
Sure, running your business making art is not easy at all.
Someone said running your own business is the best therapy. You're pushed outside of your comfort zone and learning about yourself all the time.
(In fact, I'd never worked so hard in my life 😅)
But I'm so HAPPY that I get to do what I love and get to connect with so many awesome, kind people like you through my art 😊
I do miss helping people sometimes, but making art that brings joy to people is as rewarding.
I'm not a "glass-half-full" kind of person, so I make art that makes me happy.
I need a reminder to stay positive and find something to be grateful for even if it's not always obvious.
I surround myself with positive art and people to lift me up when things feel heavy.
And I hope my creations cheer you up when you need a little boost ❤️

Honeyberry Studios is a one woman shop.

I create all the art and designs myself. I package all my products and do my own marketing. I sell them in my online shop and wholesale to retailers around the country.

It's a labor of love.

When I'm not working in my biz, you can find me on the couch reading or making doodles. Oh, and I'm very much an INFJ.
Thank you for being here, and I look forward to creating beautiful, uplifting art for you 😊

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