My name is Misaki Moonwing, but of course that’s my artist name. My real name is Saskia van Wieringen. I am the creator and owner of my hobby business Angry Juice, a passion that has started in 2012.
“Misaki” is a Japanese name and means “beauty” and “blossoms”. “Moonwing” comes from the video game “Second Life”, which generates a last name for you. I thought this combination matched so well that I decided to keep the name.
I use this name for the creative version of me, because I feel like I have had to split myself in two for a big part of my life.
Passion, fashion and tailor-made clothing
After high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a profession, or which studies I wanted to enroll in next. I opted for a gap year that taught me through my growing passion for ヴィジュアル系 (Visual Kei – a musical genre from Japan in which creativity and theatrical performances are the norm) that I wanted to learn how to make clothing.
I started with a course from the LOI (a local self-study educational business), but found it too difficult. This is why I decided to enroll into the “Mode/Maatkleding” (Fashion/Tailor-made clothing”) level 4 studies instead. With a diploma and certificate for “most engaging student of the year” in hand my dream was to create clothing for artists.
Unfortunately I quickly learned that you can’t do tailor-made clothing long distance. And without a fitting session I can’t deliver the quality I desire.
“How can I still make clothing, but for a different target audience?”, I asked myself while looking at my own plushie collection. Plushies have been a passion for me since I was a child. And that’s when it came to me: plushies.
My love for plushies never ended. The imagination in designing and creating a new creature gives me a lot of joy. Like you’ve created a new life. A new friend for all eternity. I have a friend like that myself, (in 2023) for 28 years already. This is why it was important for me to offer repairs as well, because I see my own Huggy bear deteriorate too. He became an old man with dull eyes and wear spots. This is why I want to assure you that I will take really good care of your plushie, and every plushie (regardless of if they’re being repaired or created) will be treated with nothing but love.
The theme for my plushies still has to do with my passion for Visual Kei, but aside from that there are other styles I grew to love: “かわいい” (Kawaii) regularly pops up in the Japanese pop culture, the pastel colors representing the youthfulness – something we grab onto more and more when we grow older. And what’s wrong with that?
Aside from Angry Juice…
Because of my passion for Visual Kei and Japan I have seen a lot of doors close in front of me by people who (wanted to) know nothing about this, but I also made a lot of friends because of it. One of these friends is 雪 (Yuki, or Stephany Budding), the owner of Arlequin Magazine, Arlequin Photography and Arlequin Creations.
“Arlequin” is also inspired by Japanese pop culture, but mainly focuses on the Visual Kei music genre and the many artists within it. Through interviews, news posts, live photos and more I try, together with 雪 (Yuki), to introduce Visual Kei to more people.
Who knows, maybe there’s something for you in it too, because did you know that the styles of this genre range from Pop to Heavy Metal and everything in between?
I love to help as a photographer during live shows and other things behind the scenes, and in return 雪 (Yuki) helps me with stuff I know nothing about. The entire Angry Juice website has been created and is maintained by Arlequin Creations, for example!