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Uni-T in Natick Mall is a vintage inspired unique gift shop, affordable art gallery and eco-friendly clothing store. Our collection is all handmade by local Etsy artists in the Boston area MA. Art t-shirts, bamboo t-shirt, organic clothing, eco clothing, urban tee shirts
Meet Eujin Kim Neilan
Uni-T & Me
I am an artist, illustrator, and highly energized entrepreneur who founded and runs Uni-T. I received a MFA degree in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and published 5 children’s books while raising my two children. I have earned many awards and recognitions as a visual artist/illustrator.
I started Uni-T in 2010 with a $800.00 investment, which allowed me to begin selling my own designs silkscreened by hand by me onto fine T-shirts.
Uni-T is a portrayal of my life seeking happiness and meanings, which sometimes can get lost in this busy world. Uni-T sounds like unity, which is the basic philosophy of my line of hand-printed T-shirts, but not very many people know that Uni is also my nick name from childhood!
When I am not creating I like to do antiquing, hiking, exercising and imagining. I love ocean, children, vintage items and boots!
How Uni-T Began...
I was involved in promoting "walk to school" for children several years ago, and I decide to make my first design "walk more" with an image of three female figures walking. I got a lot of great support from friends and family, and this led me to work on "bike more" next. I couldn't stop since then making more and more of more T-shirts, including "dream more," "love more," "imagine more". Starting local and small, they sold at farmers and flea markets and crafts fairs. I am so thankful to have had such an amazing reception.
What inspires me to create is every day life. What I chose to put on my T-shirts are about my life and lives of people around me. Our passion might be different but we are actually in unity!
Idea Behind Uni-T "More" Line
I really think too much focus has been placed on our differences like race, religion, politics, and sexuality. To me what really matter is what we do with this time we're given, what we create and the passions we share with one another. That's the spirit of the "More" line of T-shirts - more of these positive things we all have in common. Creativity and self-expression are universal, accessible to everyone. And in that regard we indeed are all in unity. People ask if I am trying to start a movement but I really think this should be a way of life.
Why Bamboo & Organic Cotton T-shirt?
We took great effort to find a shirt that we would feel comfortable selling to the world without causing damage to our beautiful Earth. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and doesn't need insecticides, pesticides, or a complex watering system to grow. It just needs sunlight and rainwater, which it turns into a whole bunch of oxygen - much more than your average tree. And organic cotton is grown using old-school techniques and methods. There are no herbicides or any other chemicals used in the growth of organic cotton, and it's normally rain-fed.
Happy Customers Said This!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I LOVE my t-shirt! It's super soft, comfortable, a terrific weight and fit. And the best part is this beautiful print! I'm so proud to have a piece of art by Eujin. I'll definitely be back for more! Thanks Eujin!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This shirt is awesome! I did a natural shirt w/ lavender printing. PRETTY!!! SOOOOO soft. My order came so fast too! I will be ordering from you again!!! Thanks for such quality work
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love love love this! So comfortable. Fits beautifully and design is very cute. I will be back!
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Uni-T is an combined art gallery, T-shirt and gift shop. in November of 2012, I opened my current Natick Mall store, where in addition to my own illustrated children’s books, hand-printed T-shirts and other personal creations, I also now sell the works of many other local artists. I only stock locally created products, and “shop small and local” is an important theme for Uni-T. I am so proud and honored to represent so many talented local artists at Uni-T.
My initial passion and my favorite aspects of running Uni-T are the creation of designs and the visual presentations of all of our products. As part of our local and eco-friendly ethic, our shop is furnished with found and reclaimed treasures. C
For my Masters thesis project at the Academy of Art University, I illustrated "In the Moonlight Mist", a Korean tale published into a children's book.
In the Moonlight Mist and my second book, The Rabbit and the Dragon King, are both ancient Korean folktales, which I remembers as favorites from her own childhood. I call these two books her "childhood dreams come true," because to create them, I used images I had visualized as a young child.
I believes that the most rewarding aspect of being a children's book illustrator is the freedom to imagine new worlds from a child's point of view. I love facing the challenges each book brings and exploring different approaches. In The Best Winds, she uses an abstract style of painting to convey the movement of the winds and the emotions of the story. In contrast, the kites adorning these paintings are concrete constructions of balsa woods and rice paper.
Imagine a Dragon consists of short tales from many different cultures of the world. The historical artistic styles of these cultures inspired my paintings for this project. I visit schools in Massachusetts, and my presentation is based on this book. For Fly Free!, my latest book, I sought a different artistic approach to complement the gentleness at the story's heart. As it so happened, her home was being remodeled, and in the chaos of construction she found my inspiration: the odd bits of plywood lying around the house. This unusual choice of canvas, in combination with the warm, earthy watercolor tones, brought this tender story of compassion to life.
Children's Book Illustration (1997-2010)
In The Moonlight Mist
The Rabbit And The Dragon King
The Best Winds
Imagine a Dragon
Recent Work (2012-2016)
I greatly enjoys visiting schools and considers it a privilege to interact with the children and get feedback from them. As a mother of two children, I have focused on building a program with educational value and parallels to their curriculum as well as inspiring the young artist.
Awards & Recognitions
2014 Picked as “Local Gem: Natick” by Boston Mamas
2013 Worcester Business Journal, “With Creativity, Artists Find Retail Opportunities In Metro West”
2012 NYSRA Charlotte Award 2011-12 Maine Chickadee Award Nomination
2012 Natick Historical Society pick of list for Arts & Cultural
2011 Bank Street College – The Best Children's Books of the Year (Age 5-9)
2011 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee
2011 Notable Books for a Global Society List
2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature – Picture Book Honor
2010 The Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award – Language Arts – Picture Books
2008 Connecticut Book Award – Children's Literature Finalist
2008 William Allen White Children's Book Award – Master List
2007 The Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education – The Best Children's Book of the Year
2005 Pewter Plate Award from Highlights Magazine
2003 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee
2002 Featured in Channel 5 WCVB “CityLine” Sunday News Magazine
1999 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award
1999 Publishers Weekly – Pick of the Week