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akrDesignStudio creates fun, unique yet sophisticated illustrated stationery owned by illustrator Akiko K. Ruiz.
Akiko has a passion for creating designs that make people smile whether she is receiving a card, looking at an art print on a wall, or writing thoughts in a journal.

If it can deliver a smile to someone, then her mission is accomplished. 

All designs are hand drawn works of art by Akiko with dipping ink and watercolor, and all products are created with care and attention to detail on high quality paper.

akrDesignStudio is based in sunny Southern California.

- About the artist -

With a passion for hand drawing illustrations and calligraphy, designer Akiko K.Ruiz launched akrDesignStudio in November 2014.

After earning a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan, Akiko moved to California and began work as a  designer in the apparel industry.
Years later, Akiko realized her dream of expressing herself through hand drawing illustrations by creating her own line of stationery.

Her work has been featured in magazines and blogs such as Collective Hub, Mollie Makes, Stationery Trends, Domino Magazine, and variety of Japanese magazines. She has also collaborated with brands like Anthropologie.

Check out Akiko's interview with Lisa-Marie to learn more!