From peeking into her stash of everyday items, one can assume that Miya Ando has quite a unique trade. The artist, whose Japanese ancestors were swordsmiths, keeps multiple essentials including pieces influenced by her art, staple jewelry, and cosmetics as well. Curious to see what she's carrying around? Check out her #NEEDS below!

Miya Ando's #NEEDS:
Translation of The Lotus Sutra by Burton Watson
I spent part of my childhood in a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Japan, where my grandfather was the head priest. It comforts me to have the Lotus Sutra near me.

Drop Forged File by Axe
I file a lot of metal in the studio, and I can’t get by without this tool. It’s well made and I appreciate the simplicity.

I prefer natural seeds like the Rudraksha seeds in the photo or natural wood. I usually have a Buddhist rosary with me - I prefer natural wood or seed beads. I like the connection of nature to something spiritual.

Japanese paintbrush
This is from any hardware store in Japan. I love these Japanese paintbrushes, I’m constantly using them.

La Mer SPF
My mother is Japanese and she is extremely into wearing sunscreen and tells me to wear it all the time, for which I’m grateful.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I appreciate Urban Decay, I’ve been a fan for years.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Key Pouch
My husband got me this to help me not lose my keys - so far it’s working.

Shelter Serra Fake Roley bracelet
I love this bracelet, its so clever and funny and a little bit irreverent.

Tiny diamond bracelet made by my sister and best friend Aviva Stanoff
My sister gave me this bracelet and it reminds me of her. She knows that I love tiny little delicate things.

Ito En Sencha Shot
My favorite drink.

I would add to the list:
Vans Sk8 Hi shoes, which I've worn every day since high school. I wear Vans hi tops every day. It’s really my favorite shoe.

Stay up to date with Miya’s daily life on her Instagram and get to know her here.

Photographer: Carmen Chan

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