The famous Tsumami-zaiku artists will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.
The Thirteenth Tsumami-zaiku Artist is French artist Ms. Aurore Fougeroux.
I am a French artist. Asian culture always had a very important place in my family.
2016 : Starting tsumami zaiku.
2019 : Debut on Instagram.
2019 : Joined a local Japanese association.
2020 : Created Yoake Bijoux
2021 : Joined a craftmanship association and started giving lessons.
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/yoake.bijoux
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/yoake.tsumami/
portrait photo by: Benesté
Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)
I have always been fascinated by Japan. I started tsumami zaiku in 2016, after buying my first yukata. I fell in love with kanzashis, but wasn’t satisfied with the ones I saw on the internet, which led me to start making some. I had a lot of struggles because I am self-taught and couldn’t find proper lessons, aside satin ribbon technique. My greatest joy comes from making it my second job.
Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?
I care a lot about the unique side of each of my works. I want people to own something that doesn’t exist somewhere else. In the future, I would like to spread tsumami zaiku more, for people to discover and learn more about Japanese arts and culture.
Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?
There is no limit, except your imagination! It can be traditional, modern, simple, or eye-catching! I tend more towards modernity, to give tsumami zaiku a rebirth, without forgetting its essence. It never ceases to amaze me what we can do with such small squares of fabric.
Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?
I hope more people will learn about tsumami zaiku. A lot of people come to me because they want to learn it, and I am overjoyed to teach them. I believe it can become part of daily life, and maybe one day in haute-couture.
Q5. What do you want to make in the future?
I’d like to make bigger artworks, as decorations and try 3D projects with tsumami zaiku. I will dedicate myself to it for the rest of my life, and pass on my knowledge.
Q6. How do you think you can use/arrange or deploy Tsumami-zaiku in your country?
In the future, I’d like to attend Japanese events and gatherings more often to spread tsumami zaiku, which is not known enough, find or create an association based on Japanese crafts. I wish to bring people together, let them know how beautiful Japanese culture is, through art.