Profile: Mayumi Kaneko

andonMayumi Kaneko is a hand weaver who came to the UK in 2003 and learned weaving from local weavers. She was educated in the UK and finished her post graduate course at Bath School of Art and Design in 2013.

She develops woven textures and patterns to make beautiful and intriguing fabrics, having a great passion for materials in particular paper yarn. She designs for fashion, interiors and lighting.

Using paper yarn  woven fabrics  in conjunction with lighting, exciting visual effects are  produced. The woven fabrics can be folded in different patterns which are derived from Japanese origami techniques, creating strength. The resulting faceted shapes produce the variety of light and shadow. Her lights introduce the sculptural art of lighting and whist having strong abstract and geometric forms, show clear inspiration from natural growth forms.
Mayumi exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. She has received  awards including the Hartlebury Award – for the Most Outstanding Designer Maker at SIT Showcase in 2015, and Creative Pathway by Somerset Art Works in 2014.

She is next exhibiting at Handmade in Britain 15 at Chelsea Town Hall, London. 13th – 15th November 2015

Text: Mayumi Kaneko. Images Mayumi and (Mina) Yusuke MizunoPaper Rhythms15

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