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Home town

Friday, 8 December 2017 12:34:44 PM Australia/Sydney


Home Town



I am about to go back to Japan next week to visit my family. In the past 5 or 6 years I have not been in Japan during Winter.

This year I am taking my children to my home town called Fukui, which is located just north of Kyoto. The children will see snow for their first time in their life and they are so excited to make a snow man! My grandmother turned 99 years old this year and we will have traditional New Year celebration together and it will be the first time with the four generations.

I have been away from Japan for more than twenty years now and it will be good for me to see my hometown with a different eye. I always thought Fukui was a boring town, but now when I return, I see things differently and take notice of the colours and changes in seasons.

I am sure this trip will influence my next collection.

Courtyard Garden




Leaves and moss wall


View from my room


Temple stairs


School children


Leaving school




Posted in Dogstar By Masayo Yasuki

worn shoes

Friday, 24 November 2017 2:37:24 PM Australia/Sydney

My Worn Pendragon shoes

I have been wearing Jackie and Adrian's Pendragon shoes since our winter photo shoot last year. 

They are so comfortable that I have been wearing them pretty much where ever I go and they are now part of my daily life.
After having been worn so much they have taken on the shape of my feet. 
I love the fact that they are hand made and the way they age beautifully the more they are worn.
I wish other things in life fit with me as well as these shoes.


Aki Slide




Sewing Natsu Slide





Jackie and Adrian



Hand crafted



Finishing touches



Completed Natsu Slide


Visit www.pendragonshoes.com

Posted in Collaborations Artists By Masayo Yasuki

back to the beginning

Friday, 10 November 2017 12:02:11 PM Australia/Sydney

Back to the Beginning

(press play)


dogstar logo

It has been nearly 18 years since dogstar was established here in Brisbane.

Many of our customers are still with us and I feel that we have grown together. dogstar has evolved over the past 18 years but I am now looking back to my roots and rediscovering things once forgotten.

After moving to our Paddington store, I decided to created a new logo for dogstar. This is a Japanese symbol of dogstar and it for me it is a reminder to look back on my heritage and embrace it wholeheartedly. I hand carved the design onto a lino block and pressed it onto paper. We then had that image put onto a silk screen and Alice came into the studio to help print it onto calico noren (Japanese banners). We will place these banners at the entrance to our stores. I am confident it will give the space a unique feel.

A blend of the cultures I call my own.

Hand carved lino block

Alice places ink onto screen while Dani watches on


Flooding the screen - Dani keeps the pressure on








Ta daa !





One Noren printed


Posted in Dogstar By Masayo Yasuki

colours of childhood

Thursday, 2 November 2017 1:12:54 PM Australia/Sydney

Colours from Childhood


Traditional Japanese Candy


Colours of childhood are always in our memory. Often our memories are hidden from the surface only to arise at an unexpected moment.

When I was searching for fabrics for this current season I came across the Neema fabric collection and was immediately transported to my past, where, as a child I would look in glee at the joyful coloured candy sometimes given to my sister and I from a visiting friend or relative.

The brightly coloured Neema fabric is made from the highest quality Japanese cotton.

It looks so nice I want to taste it. At least I know it would be better for my teeth compared to the candy I ate as a child.


Neema Dress


Neema Pants

Posted in Dogstar By dogstar australia

Asa and the Crane

Friday, 27 October 2017 3:08:51 PM Australia/Sydney


 Asa and the Crane


Traditional Japanese Kimono print

Lately I have found myself drawn to things from my past. Japan and its aesthetics have been at the forefront of my creative mind. When we created the Asa print for the papershadow series it came as a strong geometric symmetric  pattern - a representation of the hemp leaf, symbolising strength and good growth. It can still be seen in Japan today. The Asa theme has continued in our Laika range but in a somewhat deconstructed way. Still geometric, but with a softer flow. Placing it on soft cotton silk in bold colours created a more feminine feel. 
The Zahra dress is a fine example of traditional Japanese prints used in a modern garment. It depicts the crane - a symbol of luck and prosperity.
If my Grandmother was to see me wearing this she may not appreciate the clash of cultures and eras.
But that is exactly what I strive for. To combine my two worlds and different lives into a piece of clothing that can tell a story.


Zahra Dress

Chike Tunic

Posted in Dogstar By dogstar australia

Piece of Emily

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 1:01:19 PM Australia/Sydney



 Piece of Emily Video (press play)


Seed Pod


 On the quiet Northside of Brisbane, Emily lives with her partner and dog Zilla. Zilla was so excited to see us and so very welcoming. That's where her leather art is created. When I first saw Emily's pieces, I felt that her art beautifully reflects the feel of Queensland. Piece of Emily is unique leather work that is simple and elegant yet strong and rugged. Its easy to put on and the leather softens as its worn.



6 Tail Dansky


Seed Pods in Tree



Emily at work in her studio



Kangaroo Leather Cuffs with Silver detail

The colours are all slightly different which helps create their individuality. Not surprisingly, all of her pieces work well with our papershadow range. Now I have seen her studio and understand a little more of her personality, I can see why Emily's pieces are so naturally beautiful and remind me of the wonderful place in which we live.



Tools of the Trade




Emily in her studio




Posted in Artists By Masayo Yasuki

Ame and Alice

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 8:59:31 AM Australia/Sydney


Alice and Ame

Our team member, Alice creating and dyeing Ame fabric. 

Ame means rain in Japanese. This is an abstract print but it reminds me of rain in Japan. 
At our Woolloongabba studio in Brisbane, Alice experimented and created this beautuful rain look by coating the fabric with a mist of dye.
Even though it was very sunny outside.


Hues of blue and rust


Alice blending colours



We printed this design onto a light weight cotton.  
I designed a top, tunic, pants and a jumpsuit in this unique cotton facric.


Ame Tunic



Ame Pants

Posted in Artists Dogstar By Temporary User

Asa no ha

Saturday, 30 September 2017 10:06:36 AM Australia/Sydney

watching on



When I was living in Japan, Asa no Ha print (Hemp leaf pattern) was everywhere. It is hexagon shaped and geometrically placed into a pattern. Commonly seen on packaging, Kimono prints, cushions, tea towels, these patterns have made their way into everyday life. I have never been curious about this pattern before until I recently started to seek the images.

Traditional patters and imagery have been calling to me lately. Maybe it is because I miss Japan.

To explore this theme further I developed and designed a collection using my own block carving for this season. Asa no Ha patterns has been used in Japan for more than 1000 years and it includes the wish for a strong and healthy life, like the hemp plant, (a perfect source for natural fiber). It grows straight up and very quickly. It also symbolises a talisman. A sign of protection and strength.

I look forward to delving in a little deeper into these cultural relics. They provide me with inspiration and wonder.








kuma san



paper print




fabric print


Tuan sewing Asa no Ha fabric

Asa pants

Posted in Dogstar By Masayo Yasuki

Furoshiki bag

Friday, 29 September 2017 2:51:57 PM Australia/Sydney


Purchase any Summer 17 garment to receive FREE bag

Offer ends 2/10/17 or until sold out.

(excludes jewellry, singlets and Tees)

Click -HERE- to see the Summer 2017 collection

hand made Furoshiki


   Living in the northern suburbs in Brisbane I am always delighted at how much wildlife we have around us. This morning when venturing outside to take photos of our Furoshiki bag, we saw the most vivid king parrot playing and feasting in the tree above. When admiring the creature I was surprised to see tiny peaches coming into fruit on a tree in our yard. I didn't even know we had a peach tree! Now I am sorry I have not watered it.



The traditional Furoshiki is a square cut of cloth that is used to wrap and transport items, often small boxes or gifts. My version is quite different but still serves the same purpose. It is made from mid weight cotton, large sized and perfect to take shopping or to the beach. (and most importantly, goes very well with our current papershadow range)

Please enjoy this little piece of Japan.



Posted in Dogstar By Masayo Yasuki

Pendragon Shoes

Friday, 14 July 2017 12:38:21 PM Australia/Sydney


Jackie and Adrian, Pendragon Shoes.

If travel to outer space was a reality for the everyday person, would you go and why?

 - Well I absolutely love all things sci fi but I’d reckon I’d chicken out of space travel. Adrian on the other hand would be there in a minute.


If you could put a message on a billboard for everyone to see, what would that message be?

 - Be kind.



Pendragon is so unique, tell us about how it was conceived and where you see it going in the future?

 - Pendragon was born 30 years ago when we needed some boots to wear to a medieval fair in Brisbane, so we made ourselves some. We have been making shoes and boots to order ever since. We are self taught – it’s been quite a journey. In the future we see Pendragon moving into ready to wear ranges that we can get handmade overseas. We’ll keep doing our bespoke work, but our designs can evolve and be more accessible.


If you could make a pair of shoes for anyone, past or present, who would it be and what would you create?

 - We’d love to make some boots for Johnny Depp, and we probably just should! We’d make him some Alice in Wonderland boots. We’ve just made boots for Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman which was pretty exciting! Someone from the past would be my grandfather. He died before I started making shoes. He would have loved it.


Pendragon, like Dogstar embraces and encourages women to explore their uniqueness, how would you describe your style?

 - Our style has developed from our love of story books. The shoes in fairy tale books always show such great character. They are often a mix of historical and fantasy….that’s us in a nutshell. We like making things that have never been made before…so it’s a challenge to finally be making up limited edition ranges of our designs. But we’re doing it!




Jackie and Adrian, Pendragon Shoes.


Posted in Collaborations Artists By dogstar

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