Hello! I’m Stephanie Karlik, and I’m the founder and designer behind Mizugiri.
Born in the cornfields of Nebraska and having pursued linguistic and cultural studies in California, Argentina, Spain, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Indonesia, I'm a modern-day anthropologist and adventurer. I appreciate the value of venturing out into the unknown, encountering new experiences, and deeply embedding myself into diverse cultures, all while keeping an eye on nuance and beauty.
While receiving my M.A. in international relations in Tokyo, specializing in cultural anthropology, I completed ethnography projects on Latin dancers in Tokyo's underground salsa scene, on Hindu plays and Balinese dancers in Bali, Indonesia, and on "new gold rush" Chinese-American professional migrants to Shanghai, China. These were some of my favorite work-that-feels-like-play moments.
I now combine my extensive world travels, writing and research background, and classical interior design training to bring innovative ideas to the interior architecture and design workplace.
From ancient Aztec ruins to Shanghai skyscrapers; from Shinto temples tucked away in a Kyoto alley to the bohemian cafes of a Buenos Aires boulevard, I find inspiration in world cultures, global handicrafts, and the diverse human tableau.
I write regularly on the collision of urban design, socioeconomics, the environment, and contemporary culture, examining design from a multi-faceted global perspective. In late 2018, I’ll publish a creative non-fiction novel entitled Shanghai Seduction, a colorful and realistic portrait of Shanghai's French Concession foreigners' scene in a time of great growth, wealth, and expansion for China's sexiest cosmopolis.
Outside of this, one of my greatest joys is teaching about design and human wellness. Drawing from environmental psychology, biophilic design, feng shui, and holistic health practices, I focus on how intentional design can produce positive effects on the human mind, body, and spirit.
Thank you for stopping by, and please let me know how we might connect!
English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Qualifications & Certifications:
2017; Interior Design Certificate Program; Otis College of Art and Design; Los Angeles, CA.
2015; Hado Instructor (Love, Gratitude, and Mindfulness) Certification; Hado Institute; Tokyo, Japan.
2014; Advanced Feng Shui Certification; American Feng Shui Institute; Los Angeles, CA.
2012; M.A. in International Relations; Cultural Anthropology Focus ; Waseda University
Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies; Tokyo, Japan.
2010; Japanese Language Program Completion; The Naganuma School; Tokyo, Japan.
2007; Korean Language Program Completion; Korean Language Institute; Yonsei University; Seoul, Korea.
2005; Advanced Chinese Language Certification; National Taiwan University; International Chinese Language Program; Taipei, Taiwan.
2004; B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Spanish; Valedictorian; Pepperdine University; Malibu, CA.
2003; Spanish Language Certification; Universidad Nebrija; Madrid, Spain.