Statement

Born in 1973 and grew up in a small town of Okayama prefecture,

which is located west area of Japan.

 

My father loves D.I.Y, my mother loves knitting, and my grandmother loves to grow vegetables in her garden.

I naturally learned the joy of making things from my family.

Because of the influence of my mother and grandmother, I started knitting/crocheting when I was a little girl.

Actually, when I look back on my childhood memories, making something by my hands has always been a large part of my life.

 

The reason why I started to make amigurumi is very simple.

When I became a mother, I wanted to give my children handmade toys.

I kept trying to create my original amigurumi to make my kids happy.

Then one day, unexpectedly, a shop owner offered me to sell my work at her shop.

That was the first step of my career as an amigurumi artist.

 

When I make amigurumi, I don’t use any charts or recipes – just to commit the moment and try to keep my inspirations flow.

My mottos are to pursue the potential of the yarn, and to enjoy every process to become three-dimensional art from a line.

 

Amigurumi culture was born in Japan and now the word “amigurumi” has become a universal language.

 

I prefer unique, vintage, or dead stock yarn rather than ordinary yarn for my amigurumi.

And, amigurumi can be evolved by combining it with other materials.

We should try thinking more outside the box!

I think that I will grow as an artist with that thought in mind.

 

Now, my father is a woodworker.

Even though he is over 70 years old, he is still very creative and active in his work.

I respect my father as a master craftsman, and he is a source of inspiration in my work as well.

 

I am dreaming to be an amigurumi nomad- holding just one crochet hook in my hand, traveling around the world, and make amigurumi with the local people.

 

I believe that “making amigurumi” can bring the world to peace!!

Resume

1973  Born in 1973 in Okayama, Japan

1993  Graduated from Sanyo Gakuen junior college, of architectural design course

2006  Began to make amigurumi

2014  Amigurumi class, Canopy Cafe & Lifestyle 婆娑, Taiwan

2015  ”Simply Crochet vol.27” My work's photo was adopted on magazine, UK

2015  ”New Year card 2016” My work's photo was adopted on book, Gijyutsu-Hyohron Co., Ltd.

2016  ”Vogue Knitting LIVE” Special lecture, New York Marriott Marquis, New York

2016  Official blog writer of RESOBOX Gallery

2016  Made an original knit cap for Pro Naturalist Hiroshi Sasaki

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015  ”Saru-Ten”, Kinsyu-kaikan Gallery, Okayama

 

Selected Group exhibition

2017  ”A Hundred Craftsmen”, Gofusya, Nara

2017  ”FANTANIMA!”, ARABIQ –Books & Gallery Cafe-, Osaka

2017  ”Merry-go-round -The memory of innocent-”, SPAN ART GALLERY, Tokyo

2017  ”FANTANIMA!”, Maruzen Marunouchi Honten Gallery, Tokyo

2017  ”The 11th Japanese Dolls Exhibition”, Gallery Juuro, Okayama

2017  ”The 6th Creative Dolls Exhibition”, Daimaru Department Art gallery, Osaka

2016  ”The 3rd World Amigurumi Exhibition”, RESOBOX Gallery, New York

2016  Doll's Show -Diversified of forms of artistic expression-”, ROPPONGI STRIPE'S SPACE, Tokyo 

2016  CUTE!! Girls & Animals -Craft Art Dolls Exhibition-”, Daimaru Department Art gallery, Osaka 

2016  ”FANTANIMA!”, ARABIQ –Books & Gallery Cafe-, Osaka

2016  ”The 10th Japanese Dolls Exhibition”, Gallery Juuro, Okayama

2016  ”The 5th Creative Dolls Exhibition”, Daimaru Department Art gallery, Osaka

2015  ”The 2nd World Amigurumi Exhibition”, RESOBOX Gallery, New York

2015  Boing Boing & Baa Baa”, Akazukin gallery, Tokyo

2015  ”The 4th Creative Dolls Exhibition”, Daimaru Department Art gallery, Osaka

2014  ”The 1st World Amigurumi Exhibition”, RESOBOX Gallery, New York

2014  ”Japan Touch Festival 2014”, France

2014  ”The 10th Belladonna Art Exhibition”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

2014  ”The 7th AJC Creators Collection”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

 

 

Awards

2017  ”The 4th Creative Dolls Exhibition”, GINZA NINGYOU KAN Chika Oota's Prize

2016  ”The 3th Creative Dolls Exhibition”, SPAN ART GALLERY Shinama Tanemura's Prize

2016  ”The 2nd Mohair contest in Japan”, Gold prize of contemporary category

2015  ”Tokai×minne The 1st Handmade Award”, prize in two categories

awarded Humor prize, awarded Olympus Thread Co., Ltd. prize

2014  ”The 10th Belladonna Art Exhibition”, selected

2014  ”The 7th AJC Creators Collection”, selected

2013  ”tetote Handmade Award 2013”, The second prize of interior category