All merchandise is designed, created, and executed solely by Michiyo Shinohara. Michiyo (Shino) was born and educated in Japan and uses many of the techniques she learned there in the creation of her unique, rustic pieces. In particular, she utilizes weaving, dyeing, spinning, and stenciling sometimes embroidering one or more of these techniques in a single work of texturally complex, wearable fiber art. Her favorite materials are cotton, wool, silk, ribbon, gold leaf, indigo dye, and Bengala dye (a natural dye made in Japan from mud) which she purchases from various stores in New York as well as in Japan. Many of her creations are inspired by qualities found in nature, so she is proud that her pieces reflect her love of sustainable, eco-conscious materials.