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Atsuko Sasaki. Japan: Wool Felt Bags

My name is Atsuko Sasaki. I live in Gifu, Japan. I received a graduate degree in Oil Painting from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1993. After graduation, I have continued to work as an artist, participating in-group exhibitions as well as holding solo shows. “I want to create art with wool!” “I want to use wool as my paint!” That is my world of felt ― wool art that starts with an artistic point of view. I also began wanting to create accessible artwork that anyone can hold, use, and touch. I have been working with felt for 15 years. I studied it on my own, after countless failures and research. I usually spend 6 to 10 hours every day in my home studio. My handmade felt is very strong and high quality. I put in a great deal of effort to achieve the smooth finish, rubbing and compressing with my hands until I know it is as strong as it can get. Wool has a soothing nature, but the work that goes into it is physical! When I begin on a piece, I first draw the design in a sketchbook, and I create the pattern paper based on the sketch. Although I create the same design with different colours, each design is individually unique, and no two are the same. They remind me of the softness and warmness of wool. When their images unite in my imagination, a new design is born. I have a shop named "taneno." Tane means plant seeds in Japanese.

The planted seeds eventually grow into a big tree. A big tree develops out of a small seed. Seeds are small in size but house incredible potential. I adore that about seeds, and they became the namesake of my shop. The interior shop was all handmade by me, including the items and the wall paintings.  I held a solo exhibition.  Noritake gallery in Japan in 2013, Gallery Noivoi in Japan in 2015. I expressed my view of the world by using the space of the gallery. It is the installation of as an art rather than just a bag or object.If I am able to communicate the wonderfulness of felt art.

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Wool Felt Bag

Your bag, scarf, hat and necklace, for example, could be the work of art. “Carry the art♪,” means to live with the art. That is the concept of “taneno.” produced by Atsuko Sasaki. Nature inspires my imagination. I love the shape and organically smooth curves of plants. The main feature of wool felt is that it allows me the freedom of contours and irregular shapes that are not possible with other materials. I can even create bags with interesting shapes without any seams. This cannot be done with cloth sewn on a sewing machine. The wool felt bags are strong enough to enjoy for a lifetime. In this workshop, you will create a bag. Create from a type, while I help to finish. I teach my secret plan! Let's make a nice bag like image.