The Adventures of Lion and Sloth began as a place to showcase my poems and accompanying handmade projects.
I kept going to poetry readings where all anyone ever sold were pamphlets and chapbooks. Pamphlets are lovely and cheap and nice to collect, but I thought it might be nice to add some variety to the table. So, I made ‘Poetry Pets’ to go with a few of my poems – to help showcase my poetry as well as challenge my sewing skills! Each pet was linked to a poem I’d written and came with a hand-crafted copy of the poem that inspired it.
However, as my focuses have shifted in the past year or two, I’ve stopped making Poetry Pets for the time being (although there are still some left if you’re desperate for a limited edition friend!). Instead, on this site, you can check out the archive of my Poetry Pets in the store, which will hopefully house new and various handmade delights in the future. You can also visit the writing section to read some of my published poetry.
Ps. I’d also like to give a huge thanks to handsome Stuart who is my go-to guy on all artistic endeavors. Stuart does all the drawn art on the site, while I sort how to make his many creative visions a reality. In the pipeline: Stuart’s flip-notebooks, screen-printed tea towels. Watch this space!
THANKS FOR STOPPING IN! HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
Aiko is a Los Angeles native, now living in Edinburgh, Scotland. She completed double Bachelor degrees in English (Creative Writing focus) and Mass Communications (specialization in Computing) at UCLA in 2006, and an MSc in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, Aiko lived in Japan, teaching English to high school students with the JET Programme and spending time with her maternal Japanese family living there.