15 November 2011

a little story...

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I nearly inhaled my tea this morning when, whilst browsing my statcounter, came across this post! .

It is news to me {and Nao} that he is being listed as a 'writer/musician/photographer and artist', unless he has some hidden talents?

EDIT: I have since found out the error arose, because the blogger saw another blog, who was actually writing about her partner and she got them mixed up. So there you go, before you know it, the world thinks youre a multi talented writer/musician over night! its so easy ; )

Although it is lovely when peeps write nice things about you, Its not the first time I have read things that gave me the same uneasy feeling, and it set me off thinking more deeply about the subject.
When did my blog become 'their' blog? I'm pretty sure Nao doesn't know the password to Junkaholique. Is this what happens when you get married?

Also, it feels weird when people write about me and Nao by making up what we do, or just getting the facts wrong {as in this case}, so here I shall write the true story {oooo, thrilling eh?}


Once upon a time, there was a poor and unemployed Fine Art graduate that had just left her dull and dreary desk job in search of something more creative to do with her life. She didn't have a penny to her name.
She lived in a huge crumbly Georgian town house with seven other housemates {who annoyed her greatly}.

She had been living there for a few years when one day yet another a new housemate arrived to fill a vacant room. The usual 'welcoming' procedure of allocating a fridge shelf and explaining how the gas bill works ensued.

It soon became general knowledge that the new Japanese housemate worked making his own jewellery, men's silver jewellery and leather wallets, and had just set up his own company and taking his first orders. We were all intrigued, and she was invited to visit his workshop for tea. How very impressed she was, to see a fine collection of vintage junk arranged neatly all over the place, and to be served English tea in a vintage cup with a silver spoon by a Japanese man. Hmmm, how very interesting, she thought.

Anyways, to cut a long story a bit shorter, He asked her to help him thread leather through silver chains to fulfill a huge wholesale order for Barney's New York, he could pay her about £8 per chain and she could even do it in the garden whilst drinking tea! Oh yes PLEASE! What a relief that she could now pay her rent and even eat!
So that carried on for a while, and she progressed to soldering silver and then gold, and he thought she was a pretty quick learner {as he had also taught himself to be a silversmith}. Soon, he even let her help designing some new collections for Paris Fashion Week. By now she had a full time job in his's workshop, and after a few years ticked by, they knew they were destined to be together. {well, after a LOT of arguing that is}. And eventually they stopped arguing and got married.

So, since then, I have pretty much taught myself all that I know, how to take pictures, make a website and design jewellery of course! With the two of us, Rust has become something quite different over the years, it has gradually evolved from a Men's jewellery brand, to Ladies jewellery and then wedding rings.
Generally, Nao is in charge the Tokyo side of things which is the main part of Rust, and I deal with the London based side of things. Together we make a good team, creating new ideas all the time {on napkins and backs of envelopes etc}.

{London}

{Tokyo}

We are both creative people who get bored easily, so we are always making and doing something! We work together on Rust, but we also like to do our own projects too {me: Junkaholique, Bucket Tree. Nao: Rust Japanese blog & Twitter, men's vintage clothing shop etc...}. We'd go crazy if we always did everything together!

We love being married, but I do feel it important {for ladies in particular} to hold on to your identity and achievements, at the same time being part of a double act, don't you think?

Hope you enjoyed reading this nonsense! XX

52 comments:

  1. Well I have to say I nearly inhaled my afternoon espresso when I read in the french version of the 'hilarious post' that you do craft and stuff for girls. I guess projections are inevitable in the blogging world (as in the 'real' world. Anyway, all the best to both of you and keep up the good blog work Artemis!

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  2. ahh i love this story! i have always wondered how you two met. i have never gotten the impression that your blog was a combined effort. it's one of my favourites :)

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  3. oh yay, i've been waiting for this post :-) i do love a good love story. but what was also interesting to read is the reality behind a relationship, years of getting to know each other, working through the bad as well as the good. thanks for sharing, you're definitely one of my favourite web couples!

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  4. i love the true story and your beautiful blog and well...everything you make ;0)x you must feel proud of what 'you' have achieved ;0)

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  5. Agree that it a little weird, I felt very defensive when a close friend said that my blog has inspired her to do a blog, BUT she was not going to put her children in it. I feature my girls as they are a big part of my life, they challenge me and add creativity to our home. It is hard when people make assumptions about your choices or life. Lovely story by the way, told it your very unique and beautiful way. PS. whenever you visit sussex, I'm often tempted to ask you to pop over for cuppa!!!!

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  6. Your photos and blog are inspiring! I wonder if people read your blog and feel as if they have been invited into your home.

    I love your story of meeting your husband! Isn't it great how people, who belong together, find each other!

    I really appreciate that you do not re:blog others photos and only tell your adventures with your own photos. True artistic talent!

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  7. Nice to read your true life story!

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  8. ooh, that must be a bit creepy actually. When you come across posts that are just sort of making things up about your life! And yes, it's very, very important for a couple to maintain their own individual identity and not merge into one!

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  9. I've been reading your blog for some time now and it's always a little ray of sunshine when I see you have something new to say. Reading your story has been lovely and I hope it sets your story straight

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  10. A lovely and interesting story, nice to know how it all got started, also nice to hear of a fine art graduate like me just getting on with life and not feeling guilty about not being "conceptual"!! (like me!) I love your taste.

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  11. So that's how you met! The other blogger left off the bit about you two being international jewellers! Either they hadn't read your blog properly, or were just plain jealous. I really dislike the idea of someone setting up a blog that just copies other people and magazine photos. Am tempted to leave a stiff comment!

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  12. Ah, the old "will you help me thread leather through silver chains" line. Works every time ;-)
    What a sweet little story!

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  13. I think you should be a little bit flattered because I reckon that the other blogger just wants to be part of what you do in some way and by posting about you and introducing your blog to others it makes her feel like she's in your 'gang'

    Blimey! I sound like a psychiatrist...next patient please!!!

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  14. Girly stuff......really!

    And you guys - it was meant to be.

    Nina x

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  15. Did they ask your permission to use YOUR photos?
    It's a compliment I know, but I'm afraid I'd be steaming mad that I wasn't asked.
    The TRUE story is lovely however :o)

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  16. What a lovely tale!
    Although I studied photography, the rest of what I do is self-taught. I still have lots to learn, but it's encouraging to me that you can be that good all by yourself!

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  17. I think I'll stick to my own made up story if that's o.k. - the one where you flip a wink at Nao across a smoky bar.

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  18. Loved to read your story. :) I've often imagined it would be nice to work with the husband in one way or another, but I think striking out on one's own, at least to some extent is a must too for that sense of accomplishiment.
    They say imitation (or copying?) is the sincerest form of flattery. At least they attributed everything to you...

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  19. Great story! thank you for that :) you have right that is important to hold on your identity. Good luck!

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  20. A lovely story and thank you for sharing it. You are proof that you can make things happen if you take a leap of faith and work hard and it is lovely that you found your other half too. You are right that you need to keep separate as well as shared interests, then you can share your knowledge with each other and learn from oneanother too xxx

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  21. No nonsense at all! You are quite right :).

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  22. Tut tut,It's such bad form to use photos without permission..(blogging bliss etiquette)I love your story and am always intrigued as to how things evolve.You are a true inspiration as a couple and as talented individuals.Anne x

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  23. Gah! I can't believe she says Nao does all these things and you do 'some girly things and some crafts'. I hope it's just lost in translation, but it's such a stereotypical gender divide then men make 'art' while women do 'craft'. I certainly never get that impression from your blog, and think you do a really good job of presenting you and Nao's work separately and maintaining your own identities.

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  24. Bravo for the nonsense that wasn't nonsense at all but was written as a result of someone else's complete and utter nonsense!It must be kinda of wierd finding out about your husbands multi-talents via another blog...

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  25. A lovely and sweet story...makes me smile.
    I always enjoy hearing about what the two of you are doing. Thank you for sharing and inspiring <3

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  26. Ha! thanks for setting the record straight. The "other" blogger has probably wondered why her viewing stats have skyrocketed today! I much prefer your version of the "facts"!! Keep up the great work, I love reading/viewing your posts all the way downunder!

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  27. Love the true version - such a great match - love it when that happen.
    Have a great day,
    Axox

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  28. I didn't know you were a fine art graduate! Me too! This post just inspired me even more than you usually do...I too want to leave my own version of your boring desk job and start a business of my own, and now I'm determined. Thank you Artrmis, as usual, a lovely post xxx

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  29. A bit cheeky to not have asked you if she can feature your blog first and get her facts right.
    Lovely to read the real story. M

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  30. I don't want to sound rude but when i first read the post on that blog and then yours I started to laugh out loud that even my husband got curious and started to read! I agree with you about the awkwardness of the whole blogging thing.I think you are damn right about identity and achievements. Clearly that girl didn't follow much your adventures ;)

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  31. I've been reading your blog for about 18 months and its my absolute favourite. You (& Nao) are both extremely talented and inspirational people - thanks for sharing your story.x

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  32. Such a lovely true story Artemis! I've been reading your blog for a while now and really admire how you and Nao work together but also maintain your own creative spaces, very inspiring indeed!

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  33. What a lovely story. Very enjoyable read while waiting for people to turn up for appointments xx

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  34. Anonymous17.11.11

    I love this story !
    Thank you.

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  35. Your very sweet to be so "diplomatic" - this world wide web can be a bit sticky yes sir! I'm merely a humble newcomer to the land of blog (and possible blog fame) but I can concede that whilst it's lovely to have a following you would certainly wish that they'd simply use their own words, their own images and then "link back" to their inspirations... Hmmm - let's hope we've all been reminded of a bit more blogitette (blog-etiquette) :-) Xx

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  36. yes, another blogger posting about your blog should have asked first - it's only good manners... But across international borders as we have in blog-land, who knows what is normal in someone else's culture? I do love your blog, it's a breath of fresh air. And both of you make such exquisite work...

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  37. I love to read about you and look at the wonderful photos and the things you make..!

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  38. dear artemis, i totally agreed what you said at the end of your post. :D

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  39. Ah....what a lovely 'True Love' story, enjoyed reading it very much.

    Re the other blog, how bizarre....they didn't half nick a lot of your photos...tut tut. (you handled it most graciously).

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  40. That post by the other blog is really weird. Although you are very nice to be so polite to them about it! I don't know if I could have been, I think it's funny how they said you just do "crafts" and "girly stuff" but then used all these powerful words to describe Nao when I always think your blog paints you both as equals in your business. Sorry for sticking my nose in, I just get really defensive when it comes to gender stereotyping and sexism.

    On a more positive note, I loved this post! I also love to hear about how people get together :)

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  41. I know I am comment no. 41, but I still wanted to say a huge thank you for this post... for so many reasons! :D

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  42. As someone very new to your blog (oh a few months?) I loved reading this story! How strange to find pieces of yourselves jumbled on other peoples' blogs though. I've been following your blog for the love of creativity, nature, adventures and fun you seem to have living your dreams, and have an appreciating for character and behind the scenes when it comes to what someone creates. Thank you for publishing your life and your work, I just felt like I know you a little better! Keep doing what you're doing :)
    Stacey Perry

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  43. But I thought you were an upholsterer Artemis and Nao was a chauffeur... well that blog is named MECHANT - maybe for a reason and actually the bowler hat light on their etsy motif is a direct copy of Jake Phipps work, so in my book that's very mechant indeed.

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  44. Thank you all for your lovely comments, they have made me chuckle!!!

    Emma (ecoprincess) - EXACTLY!!! How comes Nao is called a 'musician' {amongst other falsities}even though he doesnt play any musical instruments!? and I just make girly stuff! Im shocked to find out this was written by a woman. tut tut.

    Elinor Rae - Yes do it! its even easier nowadays with big cartel & etsy and the like, you can start a business with out taking out a loan!

    Madeleine - yes that would have been a more accurate discription!
    Alas, it seems the blogger in question got her facts muddled up, at first i thought someones got a blog crush on my husbondo!! ;)

    Jo Waterhouse - in my imagination, it was like that too!

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  45. What lovely nonsense! It's always intriguing to see how people get their start in things, relationships, artistic careers...

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  46. Stephanie20.11.11

    Artemis, thanks for sharing this lovely story on how you met and the beginnings of your super teamwork with Nao. Yours is my top favorite blog, I have been reading it since about the time you got married. It's so personal, inspirational, warm and cozy, keeps me entertained (I love flea markets/'junk', gardening etc too!)and connected with London: weather & nature, your clothes, culture via country visits and the lovely atmospheric pictures. thank you

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  47. That post was very strange to read but so beautifully handled by your dear self. I do love that it prompted you to tell us the 'real' story which is always a much better read than anything anyone else could dream up for your life! x

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  48. Hello,
    I like your blog very much because it is all about YOU and not photos and stories taken from a whole heap of other blogs. Some people seem to think they will be more interesting and glamorous if they just put other creative stuff/people all over there blogs!!!
    Every person is unique, has there own style and has a story to tell and you are doing just that......lovely........

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  49. Absolutely loved your view on the married life, and how a woman should always hold on to her identity, I believe actually that is the key success to the married life as well, for two people not to feel dependent on each other all the time but to enjoy their interactions,

    Keep on the good job!

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  50. I admire that you took a rather silly blogging mishap (only doing girly crafts?) and turned it on its head to share a lovely true story and finishing with an excellent point. You have an identity, which is very clear to your regular blog readers, which is not necessarily intrinsically tied to your husband.

    Nice one, Artemis!

    x

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  51. Aww that was really sweet and I'm glad to learn how you guys met! I also agree it's important to hold on to your identity and achievements. Keep it up!

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  52. Lysanne11.7.12

    I just discovered your blog, and I love it! What an inspiring story, and can I just say...your shed rooooocks !

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