Mimaya Dale

Professional in Jewelry Design.

About Mimaya Dale

Mimaya Dale was born and raised in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. She now lives in B.C, Canada. She has always been artistic. Her style of designing is a collaboration between east and west because that is who she is. Designing jewelry gives her the freedom to express her thoughts and also gives her a chance to introduce hidden messages that were unwritten. Her strength is to be able to read deeper meanings in traditional objects, such as in traditional Japanese symbolism, and incorporate them with her unconventional style.

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Interview with Mimaya Dale

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I am a self taught designer. Initially I entered into the jewelry industry by training to be a gold smith. I believed I was born to be a designer and that is what my family tells me as well. I feel like there was an invisible force that pulled me to take this path. However, my key person who convinced me to become a jewelry designer is my mother.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
My company, MIMIDALE DESIGNS is located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. My designs are inspired by Japanese art and culture, which are mixed with Western elements. I design mostly on my computer in my office. I have a jewelry bench and many other tools, Sometimes I sit on my bench and finish jewelry pieces, other times with intricate pieces I pass them to jewelry maestro.
What is "design" for you?
For me, design is based on my personal life experiences brought to life from inspirations.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Anything that excites me! I like working with clients because it allows me to create something that is totally unique.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
Any designs that have Japanese influences are my favorite things to design.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Yellow gold and Gemstones are my favorite materials. My design platform is Matrix 9.0.
When do you feel the most creative?
Just before going to sleep I tend to be most creative for some reason! So I have my sketch book on my bed side table.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
When I have a design in mind, I focus on the detail to get everything precise, including the perfect measurements and shape.
What makes a design successful?
A successful design can make a social movement and can touch other's hearts, and to me that is a successful design.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
This is a very important and serious issue that we are facing. We are leaving too many environmental footsteps on this beautiful planet. As a responsible citizen I am focused on designing and creating jewelry that will last for generations. Quality over quantity is my goal, and I aim to create jewelry pieces that do not end up in the landfill.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Mixing elements, mixing cultures, mixing ideas are all important for the future of designs. Also the future of designs need to have multi purpose functions.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
Inspiration comes from everywhere, all I need to do is to be open minded and to have wide perspectives. Do some exercises regularly because that is a key to a healthy mental state. Feeling grateful for what I have and being happy are very important sources of my inspirations.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
My style of design is a collaboration between Japanese and Western elements. I realized it is who I am and I am expressing my emotions and knowledge through my jewelry. Designing meaningful jewelry is my goal.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. And yes I do feel that my cultural heritage affects my designs. Pros of living in Canada for my designing, is it is super relaxing to be here so I feel free to express my designs. Since my designs are strongly influenced by the Japanese culture and arts it is frustrating sometimes not to be able to visit and see historical monuments, buildings, and traditional plays in Japan and that must be the cons of living in Canada.
How do you work with companies?
First I need to study the company history and motto's. When I work with companies I need to know that we are a team and need to be on the same page. Communication plays a big role and understanding their needs is a must.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Before working with a designer, a company they must know if the person is worldly, open minded and have a vision.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
I first rough sketch it on paper, then transfer the idea on to the computer. Draw it in CAD software and then print it with a 3D printer. If it looks good it goes thorough to production.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
CAD software, a sketch book, Gemstones, Japanese art books, and a Caliper.
Can you describe a day in your life?
I wake up, I drink tea, I turn my computer on, I check my email, I do general housewife and mother duties, I design whenever I can, I work in my studio.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Believe in yourself. One does not dream if the goal is unreachable. Set your goal, keep steering towards it.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Being an designer can be lonely. Because we need to improve and produce designs that are forever improving. We are not competing with others but competing with ourselves.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Not to copy others is my golden rule in designs. The moment you copy someone else's work you become a thief, and not a designer.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Multitasking, to be open minded, Seeing possibilities that many people do not see.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
My two most important tools to use are my caliper and computer software as most of my designs are done on my computer.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
Little by little, but it is important to start projects in advance.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Depends, sometimes few days to few months. I am a perfectionist so it really depends on the project.
What was your most important job experience?
To make a client/customer happy is the most important and enjoyable experience that I gained over time.
Who are some of your clients?
People who like my original style of jewelry and appreciate high quality art pieces. Although my clients vary in their professions they tend to have very open minded views and are established in their fields.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Japanese and Western collaboration is my favorite because it is a big part of me.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I keep moving forward. My next plan is branching out and designing in different areas.
How can people contact you?
mimidaledesigns@gmail.com. Cell+1 604 928 6227 mimidaledesigns.com

Extended Interview with Mimaya Dale

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I have been playing piano since I was three years old, I have always been artistic. I have a Psychology degree from University in Canada, Goldsmith training, Graduate Gemologist degree at GIA.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
I appreciate beautiful things and love jewelry. I became a jewelry designer because I could not really find jewelry that appealed to me. I decided to design and make my own at home which was the starting point of my career.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
I was directed to take this path, from my mother and my instinct.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I design jewelry. Jewelry for men and unisex jewelry is something that I would like to design more of in the future.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
Good designers design for themselves. Great designers design for others.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Style, quality, technology and appeal are essential for good designs.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would love to be an architect if I had time and design and renovate old Japanese style houses!
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
Having a solo exhibition in Milan, I am starting to see the vision now though!
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Secret ingredient in successful designs must be the eye for detail.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I respect designers that are unique, and continue to stick with their uniqueness.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
My greatest design are my kids...! They are the results of my inspiration and life experiences. They give me the greatest joy and challenges, my husband and I are teaching them to be a responsible citizens of society, making sure that they will bring positive influences to our planet.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
I would probably work for a jewelry company using my graduate gemologist degree from GIA.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is based on my personal life experiences brought to life from inspirations.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
My husband, my Dad, my Mom, and my Kids gave me the physical and mental support that I needed.
What helped you to become a great designer?
Friends and family who supported me and encouraged me to follow my dream.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
The biggest obstacle I had was to believe in my self, that it is possible to chase my dream even after becoming a wife and mother of two boys.
How do you think designers should present their work?
There is no right or wrong way to present their work, as long as he or she has a professional attitude with confidence.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Now I am an award winning designer, I would love to design in different fields that can be collaborated with my jewelry in order to produce the total fashion scene.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
My ultimate goal as a designer is to establish a reputation that is built on high quality, to be content with my designs and work, and my designs to be loved.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
As long as I live I will keep moving forward and challenge myself with new things. Therefore you can expect that I will not be boring!
How does design help create a better society?
If I could design and produce meaningful more pieces of art that people can enjoy and appreciate, that is a wonderful feeling.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I have a vision to branch out from my jewelry designs to other fields, and I get very excited about thinking about it.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
All projects that I was involved are all really special and I can't pick one!
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I think the current trend lacks a certain style overall. People feel comfortable wearing jewelry that has no personality. People choose quantity over quality and invest their money in low quality pieces which in the end costs them more. I would love to see people re-think about investing in quality products.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
The new design industry should focus on designs that are quality based, and are helpful to people and the environment.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
Few days to few months, until I am completely content with the project.
What is the role of technology when you design?
Without getting proper help from technology it is pretty difficult to design in this modern world. However, the traditional concept of arts and beliefs, old craftsman skills and knowledge, can not be ignored to produce excellent design products.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Colors, ambient, materials are all necessary when I start designing. I then change or/and add more details depending on the designs.
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
I like explaining to people who ask me, what are the meanings behind my designs.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
The first thing that I picture into my mind when I see a great designed product is the designer's face. I imagine who the designer is, where the designer comes from, and what he or she looks like.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
People who influenced on my designs are the ones who have told me to stick with my style when I was still studying to become a designer.
Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
Books about Kimono and Kimono colors that I purchased in Japan a long time ago had the most effect on my designs.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
By getting older means getting wiser and I think that is how my skills developed.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
My ancestors who are not here physically but I know they are here spiritually. I would love to talk to them and find out their personal histories.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I just enjoy every moment and every bit of recognition, because it is a reward for my hard work. I just take it humbly. I know above all else I have a job to do and to quote my husband, "Do the job and get it done!".
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Navy blue and yellow gold are my favorite colors. Favorite place is anywhere near the ocean. Summer and spring are my favorite seasons.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
All the failures and rejects from my past experiences may be funny in some sense!
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
As a designer I am always dreaming about something. And having a big dream helps me to motivate myself for sure.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
According to my mother I was very artistic when I was little, not sure if she thought I would become a designer but she knew I had some artistic talents.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
It is really difficult to picture what will happen in thousand years from now. But all I can hope for is our next generations to have brighter future, filled with excitement and happiness.

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