Yumi Yagi

Yumi Yagi

I am a fiber artist currently based in Tokyo. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Aesthetics and Science of the Arts from Keio University and subsequently enrolled in London College of Fashion, Textile Embroidery. After returning to Tokyo, I learned Japanese traditional ’Yuzen’ and batik dyeing, and also deepened my knowledge of weaving. Through the experience of acquiring these skills, my interest was gradually expanded to natural dyeing, spinning thread, felting and various fibers. These elements are mingled together in my artwork. My artwork is handmade. All threads are spun out of raw materials such as cotton, wool and pineapple fiber with a spinning wheel. Natural dyes are used for all materials in my work. In addition to hand-woven cotton fabric and handmade wool felt, the surface of the work is embroidered by hand. In my artwork, I often draw inspiration from something intangible and ethereal that is incapable of being described and perceived by the senses although it seems to exist in reality. Warmth in our heart could spread throughout other people and society even though it is an invisible element.

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