As a child, Yumiko learned and practiced traditional Japanese calligraphy - Shodō - for ten years. At that time, she developed a sense of the beauty of this highly refined form of calligraphy, how it captures Japanese words as pictures, and expresses a view of the world.
While living with mass-produced and worldwide transported furniture and apparel, Yumiko enjoyed recycling scrap and turning it into something useful in her spare time. She says that mass production and mass consumption improved her livelihood, but she felt an unconscious resistance to casually throwing things away and buying more.
Since 2017, she was fascinated by the work of textile artist Christine Lethlean in Australia. Feeling sympathy for Christine's thoughts on textiles, she immediately went to visit and learned raw edge applique techniques and free motion machine drawing from her. Having recycled waste materials for many years, Yumiko challenged herself to use them, applying the new techniques she learned, to create art.
It is fair to say that the sense of Shodō she developed in her childhood awakened her artistry. She now creates calligraphy with textiles, which, up to then, she had been writing with a brush. This unprecedented approach is what truly sets her apart. After repeated research and refinement of her process, she developed a unique production method consisting of 10 steps.
In her home country of Japan, countless kimonos, now no longer being used, are destined to go to waste. These old silk fabrics have innumerable variations in colour, pattern, texture, and condition, such as discolouration over time. Yumiko’s recycled kimono fabric collages consist only of straight lines, made using precise calculations in millimetres, and are created to emphasise the meaning of the calligraphy they will later feature. The sown textile calligraphy characters on top of her collages are her own invention and have never been done in this way before.
She says this revolutionary technique of expressing calligraphy has boundless potential, as it can be applied to all the world's languages and textiles. Her insatiable quest can continue endlessly.
Every artworks are with passepartouts and without frames.
Participated Textile Art Berlin every year since 2018.
Solo exhibition at KUNST40 Berlin in September 2019
Solo exhibition at Die Kleine Weltlaterne Berlin in December 2019