Kuniko Maeda MSDC

Mixed Media

About Kuniko
Kuniko's practice is rooted in the material processes, with a strong influence of design craft aesthetics informed by her subject specialism in sustainable textile design and Japanese traditional woodcarving. She examines the connection between humans and nature, where artificially created forms are anthropomorphic and remnant of organic ones. The focus is on the idea of life cycles in Japanese culture and religion, with further influences from western models of explorations of materiality, consumerism and the everyday, such as the Arts and Crafts Movement by William Morris.
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Kuniko Maeda is a London-based Japanese artist. She seeks to explore the connections between nature and ourselves, through the use of specific materials. She works with paper, often recycled, partly because of its many common uses, easy availability and its therefore unappreciated nature. Paper also has an adaptability and elasticity when set within a variety of configurations. By exploring the possibility of materials and their unique properties, she allows the materials to speak and embrace abstraction.

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BA Textile Designs , Chelsea College of Arts, UAL

MA Textile Desings, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL

MA Fine Arts, Middlesex University


New Designers, One Year In, Business Design Centre , London, UK, July 2018

Group exhibition '1>2 Testing', Unit 3 Projects, London, UK, May 2018

Material Xperience, Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherland, March 2018

Artrooms London, Meliá White House, London, UK, January 2018

Designjunction 2017, Cubitt Park, London, UK, September 2017

Tendence 2017, Messe Frankfurt, Germany, June 2017

Milano Design week 2017, Triennal di Milano, Italy, April 2017

Group exhibition 'Trace' Ply Gallery, London, UK, March 2017

Group exhibition 'Platform for Emerging Arts 13' Leyden Gallery, London, UK, February 2017

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, UK, June 2016

Group exhibition 'Xhibit 2016', UAL showroom , London, UK, April- July 2016

Group exhibition Creative debut , The black & white builing, London, UK, December 2015

Designjunction London , The college, London, UK, September 2015

Exhibition 'Made in Mexico', Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK, Augst 2014

Première Vision, Paris, France, February 2014


Zealous Emerge Craft Prize, Finalist , May 2018

Lexus Design Award 2017 Panel Finalist, January 2017

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