The famous Tsumami-zaiku artist will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.
2017 Made my first tsumami zaiku for my wedding.
2019 Restarted tsumami zaiku by the name “UNAROMATICA”
2020 Personally created and published “Tsumamihana Zukan”, the collection of my works.
I create seasonal plants and accessories, mainly wildflowers, and also sell them by orders.
Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)
After seeing the bride’s hand-made tsumami-zaiku at a friend’s wedding, I wanted to make my own hair ornaments for my wedding, so I made the challenge on my own.
I always loved wildflowers since I was a child. One day, I was taking a walk and suddenly thought it would be interesting to create a wildflower motif with tsumami zaiku.
Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?
I have a strong desire to reproduce the characteristics of the plant as much as possible, so I try to make each petal or leaf as much as possible from a single piece of fabric. I also want to create works that people can understand what the motif is. I’m very happy when people say, “It gave me a chance to know the name of this plant.”
Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?
How to make a square piece of fabric into a three-dimensional piece is something that will stir my imagination. As I reproduce the shape, color, and texture of plants with materials that are different from the original, I am naturally confronted with nature. However, it`s impossible to express the scent, so I use the name “UNAROMATICA” to describe my project.
Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?
Although the sound of “traditional craft” may give the impression of a high level of skill, I think the attractiveness of tsumami-zaiku is that it can be made with only a few tools. Now that we have more time at home, I wish it would become one of the popular new hobbies.
Q5. What do you want to make in the future?
There are so many kinds of plants that I hesitate to lump them into one category as “plants”. Until I no longer feel the urge to create, I will keep creating works that is my original. I will be happy if I can be a part of the opportunity for people to learn about plants.