textile & ceramics
Emi Fujisawa is a textile artist, designer and maker based in England and Japan. While working with her art in England she realised that she felt strongly identified with some traditional Japanese philosophies. The one that especially influences her is ‘Wabi-Sabi’, which is a worldview centred on the acceptance of transience and finding beauty in imperfection. Emi likes to observe the effects that time and the elements of nature have on objects, giving them an imperfect beauty.
Emi also takes great interest in the study of traditional textiles, techniques and materials from around the globe - taking inspiration from Confucius words : ‘We can learn new things from the past’. She loves to explore different countries and find traditional materials, techniques and ideas. She has developed her own style to express her art which is based in a Japanese identity with European influences. Her Japanese identity clearly radiates in her claim ; ‘I am very thankful everyday for the environment around me and for those close to me’.
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Emi's journey started with her wish to make her own fabrics. She researched all the steps needed to arrive to a finished product, starting from the natural raw materials - and the weaving. Today she designs her weaving with inspiration from traditional techniques and elements from nature, Emi explores the passage of time through textiles.
She has developed her own techniques for weaving with silk and copper, by researching all the processes from utilising the silk worm cocoons to spinning the yarns in Japan. Emi uses many different types of silk with her own recipes of natural dyes.
Weaving with copper yarns is one of Emi's unique skills. She has created special weavings with copper and natural dyed silk yarns.
NATURAL PLANT DYES
Strongly influenced by traditional textiles and techniques that introduced Emi into the world of natural dyeing, she started researching natural dyeing by using flowers, plants and vegetables that she would find around her when she was an art student in London.
She has researched, experimented and developed several different techniques of natural dyeing and created her own colour palettes only using natural dyes. Like mixing paints, she can make colours with her own special recipes. All of her textiles are made using silk yarns which are afterwards dyed with natural dyes from her own recipes.
NATURAL CHALK & MINERAL DYES
Emi wondered about how humans started making dyes for the first time.
One of the very first techniques was the use of muds, so she travelled along the English coast collecting chalks with different colours and after many experiments, she managed to successfully develop dyeing techniques for her yarns without the use of any chemicals and create her own colour palettes.
Emi likes to collect stones with beautiful minerals. Exploring dyes with mineral was a great discovery for her which gave her a new range of natural dyes to work with. This experience also made her wish to express herself through the work with pottery.