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At age of 19, I was totally fascinated by Sumi-e when I encountered works by Zen monk Sumi-e master from 14th century. Then I started both researching his works as an art history college student and training traditional Sumi-e under Master Souu Meguro in Tokyo. I had brushed up my skills in a drawing school in Tokyo and an art college in London. Since I met a fashion buyer in London in 10 years ago, I had been painting Sumi-e on various clothes, from shirts to Kimono, for well-known Japanese fashion stores and boutiques in Tokyo. I had been combining the art of ink painting with fashion producing elegant and uniquely painted garments and fashion accessories.
Besides collaborations with fashion designers, I make my own works by using white silk antique fabrics originally intended for Kimono. Sumi ink is made of tree ashes and natural glues. I directly paint free-hand on fabrics and never trace nor use silkscreen. Using a fixing solution in Sumi-e ink made the fabrics washable and thus usable. My silk scarves have smooth and soft texture by those traditional and eco-friendly materials and techniques.
I am also working as an art writer and translator. When I wrote scripts for Kimono Exhibiton, I firstly knew that Sumi-e on Kimono was a fashion in a short period in Edo period, which is most likely forgotten nowadays in Japan. In the early Edo period in Japan, Kimono with Sumi-e painting was the fashion called Kakie-kosode. Aristocratic women desired original and unique paintings and organized gatherings like fashion shows of today displaying painted Kimonos by famous painters. Hand painted Kimono is called Musen-Yuzen, and is regarded as a root of Yuzen – a very common printing technique on Kimono.
In addition, I am doing art classes for adults and children to share creative joy. I wish you stay in a peaceful mind and enhance a self-congruence by seeing or wearing my paintings.