In May 2013, I went on a voyage to Japan. I was already scheduled to participate in Salon in Tokyo, so I decided to contact my friend, Moo. Here he is with his assistant, Selena.
Moo owns Moo Studios in Utsunomiya, Japan. I proudly remember him as a former student. He has found great success in decorating Japanese theme parks with his bold finishes and 3-D creations. Moo hired me for a few days to marbleize some columns for a building he’s renovating.
In New York, I made a few samples based on his interests. Here I’m discussing the space with him for the first time.
I made another sample for him on site. He wanted less green and more of a fantasy marble.
Then I made another sample with more orange. Taking the time to make a good sample is important. For the full step by step, look for part 2 and 3.
Moo’s van is sweet!
Good student, Moo-san
I’m big on uniforms in my company. Why not go shopping, Japanese-style?
I settled on the samurai look – full gears
Good service with a smile. Thanks to my new friends at Nikko.
Sushi on a carousel. Better than it sounds.
Eventually, I got back to working
We stopped by Moo’s studio
Some of the staff
Next 2 parts feature the painting part of my trip …