The famous Tsumami artists will talk about their thoughts on Tsumami.
The first is Mr. Taiga Asahara, who developed the craft glue method and is working on various new expression methods.
・ 2014: Acquired craftsmanship qualifications for “Kimekomi crafts”
・ 2014: Established “Taiga Original Craft Glue Method” and started artist activities.
・ 2015: Instructor activities for Kimekomi crafts and Tsumami-zaiku started at Art culture Centers
・ 2016: Established “Kobo Taigado” (crafts including Kimekomi crafts, Tsumami-zaiku class, order sales)
・ 2016: Started as an Instructor of “Japan Traditional Tsumami-zaiku Association”
・ 2019: Started as a Professor of craft glue method for “Tsumami-zaiku Association”
Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)
My interests are traditional crafts. At first, I was involved in “Kimekomi dolls” (wood and cloth work Japanese dolls) and when I thought about using leftover cloths, I came across “Tsumami-zaiku”. To make it easier to enjoy “Tsumami-zaiku”, I devised an original craft glue method.
Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?
The first is the accurate reproducibility of the motif and the balance of deformation. Expanding the range of use of Tsumami-zaiku while challenging various types of expression techniques and fabric creation using the quick-drying / adhesiveness of craft glue that anyone can easily get. My goal is to spread the “Taiga Original Craft Glue Method.
Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?
The charm of Tsumami-zaiku is that one’s own sensibility is reflected in the creativity of how to make a small piece of cloth three-dimensionally, how to arrange it, and how to use it.
Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?
As materials and tools change with the times, in order to expand the base of lovers in the future, I would like to endeavor to spread the “craft glue method” that allows for easy enjoyment and a wider range of expressions.
Q5. What do you want to make in the future?
I would like to continue developing the “Interior Series” (things that can be decorated as interiors in both Japanese and Western styles).