When you move past my artwork, the images gently shift, changing the artistic expression. I like that.
Every day when I work, I have the desire to make artwork that fluctuates in its expression.
When I am preparing to make something and before I consider what I want to actually dye, I start by looking within myself to discover what I am thinking, what I am feeling.
Indigo is a unique dye. It’s made by extracting lye from wood ash and using the lye in the process to ferment the indigo raw material called Sukumo. Indigo behaves like a living thing. You have to judge the condition of the indigo every time you use it.
And you can change the number of times you dye something to control the intensity of the color. So every time I dye something, I ask the indigo to make a beautiful color for me.
When I tie dye, even if make a large preliminary drawing, everything is reduced in apparent scale as I tie off and squeeze each part, which hides the overall image. That is why it is so important for me to have a concrete image of the design firmly visualized in my mind.