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Illustration by Sally McAdam


We’ve got so much cool stuff packed in these pages. We’re really excited to include some of our favourite shop designers & old friends in our 5th zine. Thanks to everyone who contributed and thanks to you for being lovely. You look awesome today!

04 / Interview with Naoshi The wonderful Japanese Sunae artist and creator of our summer window display. 08 / Interview with King Sophie With a mini exhibition in the HZ Shoppe this August, we spoke to Sophie about her art and inspiration. 11 / Out of Office What do you like to do in your down time? We asked some of our designers just that! 14 / Interview with Vicki Wong One half of the design duo Meomi and the creator of CBeebies’ The Octonauts. 20 / Greyfriars Poem by Go Uchida Japanese poet Go held his first Scottish exhibition with us and shares an illustrated version of his ‘Greyfriars’ poem for our zine. 22 / Decision Maker from I Am Acrylic Can’t decide what to do on your holidays? All roads lead to Edinburgh with Ruth and Brendan of I Am Acrylic’s cut-out decision maker (plus instructions on how to make it!).

Illustration by Meomi

Interview with Naoshi One of the best things about working at Hannah Zakari is that we get to work with so many fantastic artists and designers. One artist that’s been at the top of our dream collaboration list for a long time is LA-based Japanese Sunae artist Naoshi, and we were thrilled when she took us up on the offer to collaborate on our summer window display this year! Aimee emailed Naoshi to ask her to introduce us to the colourful world of Sunae.

You say that your ultimate goal is to familiarise the world with your art form, Sunae. Can you tell us a little bit about what Sunae is? Naoshi Sand art is called Sunae in Japan. I draw my characters on a special Sunae-board, which is basically a board with a sticker on the surface, then I cut out the lines according to the colour scheme, peel it off, then sprinkle the sand (one colour at a time) to finish. Most of the process is pretty messy, so it’s my daily chore to clean up the sand all over the floor in my room!!!!! What first made you start working with sand? And what’s your favourite thing about Sunae as a medium? Naoshi When I found a Sunae DIY kit in a store it made me nostalgic because I played with coloured sand when I was child. I fell in love with it again! It is a very sensitive painting method – appearance changes by only one tiny grain of sand and you cannot modify colour easily. However, when an artwork is completed, the feeling of accomplishment is amazing!!! We love the surreal cast of characters populating your work. What kinds of things inspire you when you’re creating them? Naoshi My art is the reflection of my imagination from feeling a character’s life story. When I start sketching at the same time I live in an imaginary world and have a moment like “Ah, the whole scenery would be funnier if those things looked like this!”

You’ve relocated a long way fairly recently, from Japan to Los Angeles! What are the main differences between life in LA and life back home? Is there anything you miss about living in Japan? Naoshi Los Angeles is a great place for me to enhance knowledge and experience for art. The audiences in US appreciate and are interested in art more than Japan. I’m so glad to meet wonderful artist friends and have a lot more opportunities than I thought! Of course, I really miss Japan. I’d love to meet family, friends and go to a music concert, but I’d like to keep challenging for my career! You seem to have travelled a lot, having exhibited your work extensively throughout Asia, Europe and USA. What have been your favourite places so far? Naoshi Definitely, Los Angeles! I love Kaohsiung in Taiwan, too. In 2013, I participated in an exhibition and did a workshop at Design Week that was held by the Kaohsiung City Government in Pier-2 Art Center. There were modern colourful art sculptures, statues, decorated buildings, galleries and shops, and the people were very kind. I’d love to go there one more time. Do you think Sunae is becoming more popular with artists outside Japan? And do you have any exciting plans to continue spreading the word about it in the future? Naoshi Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s becoming more popular yet – Sunae is not very well known, even in Japan. So I keep making, showing, doing workshops... One of my dreams will come true next year which I can’t wait to announce! I’m so happy to have a window display and do a sunae workshop at Hannah Zakari, too.

You can see Naoshi’s window display and shop a range of limited edition prints, pins and Sunae kits in our shop throughout the summer. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Edinburgh at the beginning of August, Naoshi will be holding a drop in Sunae Workshop on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August where you can make your own Sunae masterpiece.

Interview with King Sophie’s World King Sophie’s Worlds’ colourful aesthetic and feminist message really hits the spot at Hannah Zakari. Her meticulously hand embroidered pieces in bright sequins and threads are a labour of love from start to finish and we were thrilled that we could bring a selection of her work to the HZ Shoppe over the summer. HZ girl Emma spoke to Sophie about her work and practice...

How long have you been practising as an artist? How did you get started? Sophie I started 'King Sophie's World' in late 2011, I just started embroidering and haven't stopped since. If you were to explain your practice to someone who hasn't seen your work before, how would you sum it up? Sophie I hand embroider from start to finish statements and images on textiles. I explore the issues women face in modern life that undermine their self-esteem, self-confidence and well being. What does a typical work day look like for you? Sophie I wake up and I pack orders, go to the post office, then I check emails, which usually entails organising custom commissions and so on. It's usually about 4ish by this point, then I spend the rest of the day doing creative tasks, like embroidering orders, commissions and new pieces. I love listening to music whilst I work, I listen to all types of music but right now I have Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' on repeat. Time seems to be an important part of your practice, from the medium you choose to work in, it's historical significance and the experience of being a young woman. How do you relate to the women before you that have used embroidery as an art form?

Sophie In all honesty I relate more to women who have used textiles in a broader sense, as an art form. Like the designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who used embroidery with her fashion designs. Reading her autobiography was so affirming because it was like someone understood my aspirations in life for the first time. What is your favourite item in your current collection and why? Sophie I have really enjoyed embroidering on roses recently, just thoughts I've had in my head over the last few years. They're more expressive and personal than anything I've made before. So it felt like more of a release. Thank you Emma and Sophie! You can see Sophie’s work at the HZ Shoppe over the summer and visit her online at

Illustration by Robbie Porter

Marceline / Asking For Trouble Even though I’ve moved away to the seaside, I still miss Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens and try to get back whenever I can. I’ve visited botanical gardens all around the world but Glasgow is still one of my favourites.

Sally / Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes When I'm not working from my flat in Glasgow, I love getting my skates on at Rollerstop in Kinning Park. It’s so much fun and it helps me stay fit without feeling like real exercise (the best kind).


Strathy Bay



Emma Finn / HZ Shoppe Girl Rhythm Machine club night at Summerhall in Edinburgh. The music is truly genre-spanning and they always have an artist or two collaborating; every time you go it's a very different experience, with performances and video and god knows what else!

Rachael / HZ Owner I love to spend time in nature to clear my head and my happy place are the Scottish Highlands. No trip is complete without a stop off at the Brig O’Turk Tearoom for a coffee. The owners are so warm and welcoming, and the food is delicious!

Aimee / HZ Shoppe Girl I can sit and watch the waves for hours at Strathy Bay in Sutherland. You rarely run into other people while exploring the caves on the beach, but you often see whales and porpoises from the cliffs by the lighthouse! I like to channel my inner Moomin and take a picnic there whenever I get the chance.

  We asked our designers how they like to relax...



Durdle Door

Anna / Custom Made Once or twice a year we (Anthony & I) go to Durdle Door in Dorset with our friends and their two kids. We play in the arcades in Weymouth, walk on the Jurassic Coast, BBQ on the beach, eat cream teas, whack golf balls in the New Forest, fly model airplanes and go to car boot sales.


Lee-May / Bonbi Forest My favourite thing to do on a dry afternoon off is check that the tide is right and head to one of our lovely Cornish beaches with my two children. My favourite is Portholland with a tiny cove surrounded by towering cliffs and just a short 5 minute drive away from our home, down winding country lanes.

Sophie / King Sophie’s World I like going to the Arnolfini in Bristol, it's a gallery and arts centre, it also has a nice cafe and drinks outside.

Illustration by Aimee Lockwood

Victoria / The Aviary I moved to Folkestone because of its thriving creative quarter. and at the heart of The Old High Street brimming with independent shops and studios, is Steep Street Cafe. Packed full of books, and serving great coffee. Steep Street Cafe, 18 - 24 The Old High Street, Folkestone CT20 1RL



Pui / Scout Editions I like going to the Barbican Conservatory in the city; a haven of greenery. You often forget that you're in the centre of London. Which makes it feel pretty special, total escapism and quick to get to.

Interview with Meomi We are a bit excited about this interview as Meomi (design duo Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy) are creators of the cutest things – from our favourite Gmail background, the Vancouver Winter Olympic mascots, the wonderful CBeebies show The Octonauts and so much more. Way back when HZ was a young, fledgling shop, we sold some seriously adorable things from Meomi – badges, magnets, stickers – and their cute creatures were a real hit with you guys! They were the kind of characters that stick with you (Peso Penguin has always been a personal favourite) and it’s been brilliant to see them develop those characters into something that many of us now know and love. We were pretty chuffed when they agreed to do an interview for our zine, and HZ girl Aimee spoke to Vicki about her inspirations and day-to-day design life...

Life as part of a busy design duo must be fairly hectic, but is there such a thing as an average day in the life of Meomi? What are your every day working rituals? Vicki Our daily schedules tend to be project driven. So when we’re ‘in production’ on the television series or on a client project, we try to wake up at a proper hour so we can answer emails and do meetings. Otherwise, we’d set our own schedules and work on personal projects. The one thing I wish I was better at is incorporating more exercise into my daily routine, (everyone please look after your health!). Tell me about how you guys met! What made you decide to work as a team rather than alone? Vicki We met online about 17 years ago. I was working in Copenhagen at the time and Michael was in San Francisco! Michael saw my old website and contacted me. We ended up exchanging art / emails and found we easily shared a ‘make-believe’ world where we could throw ideas back and forth and make up stories and characters. Now, we’re married and living in Vancouver, Canada : ) You’ve been involved in some high profile projects, from designing Google themes to creating mascots for the Vancouver Olympics. What is your greatest achievement as a design team so far? Vicki Perhaps a tie between our work for the Olympics and our Octonauts children’s book series. Though we’re quite proud

of a recent project we designed for the Floating Children’s Hospital in Boston – a group of cute creatures called ’the Toughlings’. Being able to witness how the hospital staff and the kids embraced the characters and their world has been amazing and touching in many ways. Do you each take on very different roles in Meomi, or do you collaborate on every element of a project? And, do you always work well together? Vicki It depends on the project. For our children’s books, we both write and draw. For television, I tend to focus on concept and 2D work while Michael has a much stronger 3D background. He also does 2D animation and voice work (for the Vegimals). We don’t always work on every project together, but we always share our work and use each other as sounding boards. While we sometimes bicker about the details of a project, we always end up coming together in the end. (hopefully with better results!) Your work often focuses on character design – extremely cute character design! Do you have any tips you can share with our readers about coming up with a good new character? Vicki We never design characters without thinking about the world that they live in and their personalities. Always try to put a little (or a lot!) of yourself into your characters. It’s these small details that help give your characters individuality and charm. We’ve designed a lot of characters over the years, and I feel whenever we try to do something that’s just cute to please others, the character ends up bland. Our most successful projects are always the ones where the characters incorporate little bits of our own personal interests.

I realise it might be like asking a parent to choose between their children, but I’m going to ask anyway: do you have a favourite character that you’ve created? Vicki It might be a tie between Quatchi (Vancouver mascot) and Tunip (Vegimal from the Octonauts). I also have a lot of favourites from a personal project we’re working on right now called ‘The Cloudseeders’. Most people reading this will probably know your work best from your massively successful Octonauts series, which has been hugely popular all around the world. How does it feel to have something you created be so widely recognised and loved? Vicki Both surreal and humbling. I don’t think the success really affects us directly (mostly because we live in Vancouver, a fairly quiet corner of the world). But we feel grateful that we’ve been able to share our love of the ocean with kids around the world – hoping we can make a difference. Our dream is for these kids who grew up loving weird sea creatures, polar bears and penguins, would take that compassion into their adult lives.

Octonauts has a strong message to share about environmental protection and responsibility, especially in the fourth book when the characters visit a dying coral reef. How important is it to you to get this message across when coming up with ideas for a new story? Vicki We have different themes for each Octonauts book. For example, the first book has a message about individuality. The second book is about facing fear / shadowy things. While the underwater world permeates all our Octonauts books, we let the environmental message flow organically from the story. You both obviously have a major interest in marine biology. What do you think fuels that interest? Do either of you have a scientific background?

Vicki I think it’s largely from growing up and living in Vancouver, next to the ocean. We both love science fiction and the ocean is like another world, filled with strange alien critters and environments. And lastly, I’m curious: where does the name Meomi come from? Vicki Courtesy of my cat, Catbot, who made the weirdest mewing noises. : ) Big thanks to Vicky and Michael from Meomi for letting us interview you, we can’t wait to see what comes next! Find out more about Meomi at

Illustration by Sally McAdam

Greyfriars Poem by Go Uchida

Zine design by Gill McColl

Hannah Zakari 2017 Zine  

The fifth zine from Hannah Zakari, an independent jewellery boutique in Edinburgh. Our 2017 zine features content from our favourite designe...

Hannah Zakari 2017 Zine  

The fifth zine from Hannah Zakari, an independent jewellery boutique in Edinburgh. Our 2017 zine features content from our favourite designe...