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Apologies for my absence

As some may have noticed, I haven’t been very active here lately; I haven’t uploaded anything new since early March. I still managed to keep up with my watchlist along with any of the activity occurring on my works. Last week, on Monday April 22 however, I suddenly ran into a number of dilemmas – long story, but it was just a very unlucky day. Since then I didn’t even have time to log into Redbubble. Some of that has been settled now, while the rest is a matter of waiting or keeping fingers crossed. But even so I’m coming to think now is the time I really have to spend less time here.

Even prior to the dilemmas there were other things I really should have been spending more time on. I can probably still keep up with any comments and favs I get; I always return visits to those who visit me…

Introducing my new website: muiling.com

It has now been almost 5 years since I started sharing my work on Redbubble; and while I had started picking up art long before, Redbubble has been an integral part of my artistic journey. Overtime, since starting on Redbubble, I have expanded my presence online in different places – and in each place I present different content with my followers. After much contemplation, I have decided to launch my own website (note: best viewed in firefox):

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Mui-Ling Teh – Art and Words from the Heart

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But rather than making it into another gallery, it is more of an information hub about me, everything I do, and what I am up to. In Redbubble I have often found myself repeating the same stories in my works, or answering the same questions in comments or bubblemails, and in my website I aim to a…

‘Art and Words from the Heart’ - a collection of images accompanied by short verses or poems of inspiration by Mui-Ling Teh

As some may remember, I created a book on Blurb, upon a promotion they had, composed of my images and writings – I collected a sample of of my images and overlaid them with my own verses and poetry. You can read more about my book here.

As some have noticed from my recent uploads on the Buyer’s Booth, that book has arrived recently, and now I would like to share some images of my book as well my thoughts on it.

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I chose to create a hardcover book with the dust jacket, and this was the first thing I saw when I opened the package:

Front cover features my Wish:

Bear note that because the dust jacket surface is shiny it was not very easy to get a good photo of the cover without distracting reflections. I can honestly say though that the cover looks amazing – the most (aesthetically) beautif…

Live interview of my miniature origami on 'Good Day Sacramento'

This morning I was just interviewed live through skype on the California morning show ‘Good Day Sacramento’ (on CBS local – CBS 13/CW 31) which is now online for viewing – (this was actually my first time to use the video feature on skype :P).

See the video here
(Thank you D R Moore for the link!)

Enjoy

P.S. I had no clue when they were going to show my face and when they were going to show my pics (all the pictures that were being presented was under their control; and I had no clue whatsoever what they were going to be showing) so some of the dialogue doesn’t really match with what is going on – was cut off just as I was bringing my tweezers to the webcam (the part where I say “like these” was meant for my tweezers – not the cranes th…

Onigiri and Bon-Odori for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief fund

And once again the Japanese mothers in Toronto are holding another fundraising event making mouth-watering onigiris (rice balls) for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief efforts, this coming Monday, August 15, 2011. This will the the third onigiri fund-raising event this year.

The first event
The second event

This time however, there will also a dance performance (bon-odori) presented. (My mother, who a part of the group, has been spending the past few days, with her body bent over as she has been creating a banner on a 5m long vinyl that was donated to the group – I do hope her hard work pays off! I hope she can still dance…)

Details below…

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On Monday, August 15th 2011 the Group of Toronto Japanese Mothers and The Church of the Redeemer will hold a fund raising event for

Anyone interested?

Two months ago, like many artists, I made the decision to vouch my earnings from sales towards Japan earthquake tsunami relief efforts. These days we do not hear as much about the situation in Japan, but I know they have not fully recovered yet, and there are still individuals who strive to do what they can to help the country.

I know it has not been completely forgotten; and there are still artists amongst us donating our earnings. Not everyone is continuing, for their own reasons; plus there are other causes that need attention too I know, which is fine, but another problem lies.

There is a lovely group here on RedBubble called Art 4 Japan for any works where the sales would be donated to Japan relief. About two weeks ago I realized that the group had been orphaned; there was no host &#…

Still raining

I wrote this piece yesterday, and it rained again today.
I wore my winter jacket, even though it is May.

It’s past midnight; I had to work late.
But I can’t fall asleep because I just ate…

It rained again this morning… although this time no snow. In the afternoon it was sunny, which was nice – not too much difference to me since I was working indoors at the time and facing a wall – I only noticed the sun because a co-worker said, “Oh it’s sunny out!”. It was quite beautiful when I turned around to look (although it was raining again on the way home – quite heavily).

I was working late so the office ordered some take out – most of it was fried food… I was still feeling kind of full when I got home.

I’d like to turn the words above into a more fitting poem one day; I’m just letting today̵…

The next Onigiri sale fundraising event - May 4, 2011

Yes I realize it is late; I only found out the location today. But anyways…

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Rice Balls (Onigiri) for Japan
Time: May 4, 2pm-7pm or until sold out!
Place: Church of the Redeemer
Address: 162 Bloor Street West
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A group of Japanese mothers living in Toronto will do their mouth-watering best on Wednesday May 4 to help the Japan earthquake/tsunami relief effort. The women, wearing traditional kimonos and white aprons symbolizing motherhood, will offer delicious, authentic home-style rice balls, known as onigiri, to the public at the Church of the Redeemer on Bloor and Avenue Rd.

A couple of these mothers are from the Tsunami-stricken areas.

Pay what you can. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

The mothers, who were all bo…

A Thousand Winds...

It’s been a busy week… as usual. And while I was working away in the office on Wednesday, a group of Japanese mothers and student volunteers were also very busy make onigiris (Japanese rice balls) and selling them for Japan earthquake relief funds at the University of Toronto. The event was inspired by two Japanese exchange students who had success raising funds by selling rice balls earlier that month. For those who can read Japanese, you can check out their blog here

The event was very successful; over 1000 rice balls were sold with over $6000 raised. Another one is being planned for May 4th; details to be confirmed. The group of Japanese mothers who organized the event also had a concert organized today to raise funds; during the time which food and snacks were also being sold. In the …

Onigiri sale for Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

FOR ANYONE IN TORONTO

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Rice Balls (Onigiri) for Japan
Time: March 30, 11am-7pm or until sold out!
Place: Baldwin Room in the Cumberland House (formerly the International Student Centre) at UofT
Address: 33 St. George Street (across from the UofT Bookstore)
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A group of Japanese mothers living in Toronto will do their mouth-watering best on Wednesday March 30 to help the Japan earthquake/tsunami relief effort. The women, wearing traditional kimonos and white aprons symbolizing motherhood, will offer delicious, authentic home-style rice balls, known as onigiri, to the public at Centre for International Experience Cumberland House.

A couple of these mothers are from the Tsunami-stricken areas.

Pay what you can. All proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and …