Mayumi (bottega YU) MSDC
Mayumi is a hand weaver. She has always been developing woven textures and patterns in various yarns to make beautiful and intriguing fabrics. Recently, her main focus has been the exploration of the potential of Japanese paper yarn. The yarn is made from Manila hemp fibres and a Japanese paper making method is used to make it into yarn. It is a very unique, fascinating and sustainable material.
She has been inspired by the AKARI designs of Isamu Noguchi, who has developed Japanese aesthetic conceptions of light and shadow.
The woven paper yarn fabric can be treated like strong paper to fashion and hold a shape. By experimenting with different types of paper yarn, and different weave structures, she has been able to produce fabrics with varying degrees of stiffness and malleability, and with a variety of colours, textures and patterns.
Of the many properties of paper yarn fabric, she has chosen to develop is its capability to be fashioned into sculptural objects. Her lamp coverings show various sculptural forms, both abstract and geometric. Origami folding creates strength and the resulting faceted shapes produce the variety of light and shadow which she loves.
She loves Japanese aesthetic, simple yet deep.
Colours are very important in her work. In Japanese colour book there are many blues, reds, yellows, even greys. To suit her nature and work she dyes her yarn herself.
Bath Spa University, BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors 2009 – 2011
Bath Spa University, MA Design 2011 – 2013
Somerset Art Weeks
Ilminster Arts Center 2010, 2011
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester 2011
Rock Lane Arts, Frome 2011
Bath 44AD gallery 2013, 2014
New Designers, London, 2013, 2014
MoOD, Brussels, Belgium, Innovation Platform curated by Trendease, 2014
For Every Cloud Gallery, Langport, 2014
Handweavers Studio, London, 2014
The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers National Exhibition, 2014, 2016
Somerset Guild of Craftsmen Open Craft Exhibition, Somerton, 2014
The Courthouse Gallery, Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, 2014
Tokyo Kourintei Gallery, 2014
LoversLights Gallery Autumn Exhibition, London, 2014
Designer Crafts at the Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen, London, 2015, 2016
Japan Embassy, London 2015
Trowbridge Museum, 2015
Salisbury Craft and Heritage Festival, 2015
Stroud International Textile, Showcase, 2015
Handmade in Britain, 2015
The National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, 2016
Creative Pathway, Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, 2014
Hartleburry Award, 2015
The Society of Designer Craftsmen Award for Excellence, Society of Designer Craftsmen, 2016
紙布讃歌 by Susan Byrd
The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Journal, 2014
The Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians, 2015