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CZT Family Tree: Shie Naritomi

CZT Family Tree: Shie Naritomi

We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.

Today, we are excited to introduce Shie Naritomi!


Name: Shie Naritomi                                                                           CZT# 30     


Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Favorite tangle: Printemps & Crescent moon
Favorite place to tangle:My table

How I use the Zentangle Method in my life:
I have been working as a textile designer in Tokyo for a long time.
I draw pictures such as paisley and mandala for clothes. It's a very fun, beautiful and important job for me.
However, design work often involves mistakes and rework. Sometimes I despair to start over.
At that time, I met Zentangle, and was saved by the idea of ​​"No Mistake."
We accept all lines and compositions. If I feel a little weird, it's not a mistake, but an opportunity.
I thought that idea was really wonderful. Accept all. I feel like accepting myself.

My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is:
I started an online class because of Corona. Surprisingly, there are participants from overseas.
if you read this, you will understand. I'm not good at English. (Japanese is good!)
I do classes in Japanese and a little English. Probably the pronunciation is terrible and I have no vocabulary.
Still, all the students can draw. The result is beyond my imagination. In addition to people overseas, I have also taught to deaf people.
After all she could draw! I thought that Zentangle might not need language. This is my favorite story.

Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned:
I thought about what I could do through Zentangle. I really want to heal everyone, but unfortunately I'm talkative and laugh loudly. So I can't have a quiet and calm class.
I always try to give surprises to my students. I often keep the content of the class secret to the students.
It will be a surprise. But the biggest surprise is getting the students to know how amazing they are.
I found a passion that was hidden inside people. I learned how to bring it out.
If I’m not tangling, you will find me…: I usually draw pictures. Also, I play the guitar and sing.
Zentangle Mosaic Name: Shie
instagram @mashmania_shie
*My brand name is “Mash mania”. if it’s possible, please check here.



  • Yes

    Drawing can go beyond verbal languages

    LIssa Hoesing on

  • Beautiful work! Thank you so much for sharing your talent! Love your work!

    DIanne Riva Cambrin on

  • Love your work and you are proof that communication can always be achieved ♥

    Michele Couture on

  • Your work is amazing, Shie! Very detailed. Your language skills are quite good & Zentangle, like you said, only needs drawing, not words.

    Maryellen Ackroyd on

  • Your work is absolutely stunning! I love how you give back to others. What an inspiring and uplifting story of showing others their potential!

    Leslee Feiwus on

  • Love this!

    Love your story and your work!
    Thank you for sharing 🤗

    Maya Meyers on

  • I have loved your work for some time now. Beautiful. The clothing line is also fabulous!

    Terri Young, CZT 16 on

  • I love the artwork of Shie very much. She has a special " zentangle signature" which I recognice at once. I admire her ideas and mosaic for kids, they were great!

    Stella Peters Hessels on

  • Thank you for sharing a little more about yourself, Shie. I have been an admirer of your work for a long time. Your Youtube videos are easy and fun to follow and your English is quite good! Zentangle transcends language anyway!

    Sandy Seidensticker on

  • What a wonderful sharing and great experience teaching! Love it!

    Your work is wonderful!

    Paulette Kirschensteiner on

  • I have been a fan of Shie for a long time. Her work is amazing! I enjoyed learning more! Thanks for the spotlight!

    Brenda Campbell on

  • 史絵さん、私は貴女の投稿を拝見して、


    Hidemi Yamada CZT on

  • Your art is so beautiful. We are fortunate to have you as part of the CZT community. Thank you for sharing.

    Brenda Shaver on

  • Wow! I have been following Shie on the app since I first signed up for it, because her stunning tiles always popped out at me! I am definitely a fan of work! Thank you for highlighting her!

    Debbie Smith (bakayaro onna) on

  • Beautiful soul, beautiful tangling. ❤️

    Kathy Y. on

  • I have been in awe of Shie’s designs and abilities since I first saw her on the app. I’m so glad to read a little of her story. I’m a fan! Thanks for sharing.

    Lynnda Tenpenny on

  • Algún video de ella?

    Nina on

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