nanaminani

Slow life goods maker based in Portland, Ore

Portland, Oregon

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Announcement    I am building custom masks! Please message me and I can send you photos of available fabrics, styles and prices. In the months of November & December, $1 from each mask will go to the ACLU of Oregon. Thank you!!!

Thank you everyone who bought a mask and contributed to the fundraisers. Together we raised these amounts in these months to these wonderful community pillars.

March & April -- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) $150
January & February -- APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) $100
December -- NAYA (Native American Youth & Family Center) $175
November -- Transition Projects $173
October -- Red Cross $255
September -- ACLU of Oregon $144
August 2020/October 2021 -- Black Resilience Fund $325, $317
July 2020/August 2021 -- Oregon Food Bank $330, $215
June 2020/June 2021 -- Don't Shoot PDX $380, $130

Mask donations have been distributed to The Confederated Tribes of Stiletz, Outside In (Youth Services), River District Navigation Center (Houseless Shelter), and Walnut Park Shelter (Houseless Shelter).

Locations where you can find my gifts for parent & child in Portland, Oregon.
BEANSTALK - 8021 SE Stark St & 3527 NE 15th Ave: Masks for kids and grownups, snack bags, sandwich wraps, utensil cases, baby crinkles, & mini pocket waist pouches. They have an online store where you can shop for my facemasks at https://shopbeanstalk.com/
SWEETPEAS - 8235 SE 13th Ave: Masks for kids and grownups snack bags, utensil bags, utensil cases, baby crinkles, snack wrappers, hair clips, hair ornaments, and drool bibs. They have an online store and you can shop my facemasks at https://shopsweetpeas.com/
CELANDINE VINTAGE - 911 NE Dekum St: vintage hair bows and napkins made from 1940s/50s sugar sacks, snack bags & sandwich wraps in vintage fabrics.
JAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF OREGON, formerly the OREGON NIKKEI LEGACY CENTER - 121 NW 2nd Ave: cloth masks, snack bags, sandwich wraps, otedama mediation pillows, and select fukuro in their gift shop.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 1, 2021

I am building custom masks! Please message me and I can send you photos of available fabrics, styles and prices. In the months of November & December, $1 from each mask will go to the ACLU of Oregon. Thank you!!!

Thank you everyone who bought a mask and contributed to the fundraisers. Together we raised these amounts in these months to these wonderful community pillars.

March & April -- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) $150
January & February -- APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) $100
December -- NAYA (Native American Youth & Family Center) $175
November -- Transition Projects $173
October -- Red Cross $255
September -- ACLU of Oregon $144
August 2020/October 2021 -- Black Resilience Fund $325, $317
July 2020/August 2021 -- Oregon Food Bank $330, $215
June 2020/June 2021 -- Don't Shoot PDX $380, $130

Mask donations have been distributed to The Confederated Tribes of Stiletz, Outside In (Youth Services), River District Navigation Center (Houseless Shelter), and Walnut Park Shelter (Houseless Shelter).

Locations where you can find my gifts for parent & child in Portland, Oregon.
BEANSTALK - 8021 SE Stark St & 3527 NE 15th Ave: Masks for kids and grownups, snack bags, sandwich wraps, utensil cases, baby crinkles, & mini pocket waist pouches. They have an online store where you can shop for my facemasks at https://shopbeanstalk.com/
SWEETPEAS - 8235 SE 13th Ave: Masks for kids and grownups snack bags, utensil bags, utensil cases, baby crinkles, snack wrappers, hair clips, hair ornaments, and drool bibs. They have an online store and you can shop my facemasks at https://shopsweetpeas.com/
CELANDINE VINTAGE - 911 NE Dekum St: vintage hair bows and napkins made from 1940s/50s sugar sacks, snack bags & sandwich wraps in vintage fabrics.
JAPANESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF OREGON, formerly the OREGON NIKKEI LEGACY CENTER - 121 NW 2nd Ave: cloth masks, snack bags, sandwich wraps, otedama mediation pillows, and select fukuro in their gift shop.

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About nanaminani

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On Etsy since 2017

Nanami graduated with a B.A. in Theatre in 1997, and tried, failed, and succeeded at making a living at it. She created fanciful landscapes and miraculous props. She was the one you called if you needed to drop a lake of feathers from the sky, make walls weep blue, or have actors move through a soft world of pincushion-esque props. Her critically acclaimed, award winning work was seen regularly in Portland, London, and Edinburgh, and has toured around the world.

When Nanami became a mother everything began to shift. When her son turned 18 months and tried to contribute to production meetings Nanami realized that she could no longer keep him in tow. She began working alone at night with her stockpiles of textiles. Some of the fabrics were gifts from her grandmothers who kept fabric scraps, rice bags and sugar sacks from the 1940s and 50s because they were frugal and would use them to make dresses and other household goods.

Both of Nanami's grandmothers were homemakers and seamstresses. Career options back then were grim for second generation Japanese-American women, whose parents thought adequate formal education for girls was to 10th grade. After 10th grade her grandmothers attended sewing school. As seamstresses, they ventured beyond piece work and created new patterns for dresses and costumes of the day.

Nanami enjoys sewing because it brings her closer to her history and future. She now designs and builds reusable alternatives to throwaway culture from her home in Portland, Oregon. Her mother gave her a real needle when she was 18 months old and she hasn't put it down since.

Shop members

  • Nanami

    Owner

Production partners

  • Erika Rier

    Portland, OR

    Artist and Illustrator Erika Rier drew these portraits of me.

  • Ian McNicol

    Portland, OR

    Ian McNicol is a master woodworker who collaborates with Kollodiworks; and has been seen cohosting booths at various festivals and fairs.

  • Vistaprint

    KY, United States

    Printer who printed these cards

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Last updated on Sep 27, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging

If you would like your item to be gift wrapped, I will do it for free in biodegradable/recyclable materials. After the item is wrapped, I will put it in a repurposed, clean plastic sleeve and then package it for shipping.

Please include a message in "note from buyer" saying "This is a gift, I would like it wrapped"--or something like that.

Thank you for your patronage.