The famous Tsumami-zaiku artists will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.
The ninth Tsumami-zaiku Artist is Russian artist Ms. Alena Kato.
I’m an artist and a crafter. Mainly I paint, sew and make decorations as my hobby.
2014 – made my first tsumami-zaiku work
2015 – opened Etsy craft store “AlkatoCrafts”
2018 – created my Instagram page for “AlkatoCrafts”
Instagram – @alkatocrafts
Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)
I lived in Japan for 6 years and I was very curious about Japanese culture and art.
One day I just tried making a hair decoration out of some chirimen fabric scarps I had left after making a doll kimono. The result was so exciting that I really got involved in a whole process, I felt driven by creating more interesting things.
Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?
I care about original ideas that my mind can produce. I find art in general very inspirational and important in our life and It feels great when other people are inspired by you as well. It’s the form of expressing self.
Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?
Tsumami-zaiku is a transformation of fabric into delicate beautiful decorations and it feels like some kind of magic.
Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?
I think Tsumami-zaiku can be applied in so many decorative ways. There are plenty of possibilities, it just needs imagination.
Q5. What do you want to make in the future?
I’m taking a break from crafting now because of some life events, though I actually have many ideas related to animals and flowers theme I’d love to work on in the future.
Q6. How do you think you can use/arrange or deploy Tsumami-zaiku in your country?
Tsumami-zaiku is not very common in Russia. I think it has a good potential to get more popular later. It could be used in interior designs and in outfits as accessories.