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Sanae Saragai

Growing up in native Japan, I was surrounded by the creations of my mother who was always making clothes. This inspired me to be an artist and designer. Combining this with various Japanese traditions, I became inspired to continually use these motifs in my work, creating designs that are very simplistic and nature-inspired.

 

A key starting point for me was using monofilaments and wire to knit with, making various 3D objects and being especially interested in combining my knitted objects with LED lights.

 

Having a passion for textile design and print, I began to expand my visual motifs by creating and screen-printing silhouetted flowers onto various fabrics, then making these into fashion accessories and other artworks.

 

Coming full circle and returning to my days as an artist, I moved on to placing sheets of fabric, printed with a silhouetted design of Japanese-inspired flowers within a deep frame. I then sculptured Japanese flowers, creating multiple layers of shadows.

 

Despite having come a long way and having many variations in my creative practice, I feel as if I am still near the beginning of my journey, and for me, this is very exciting.

 

You can contact me at:

w: http://www.saragai.co.uk

e: ssaragai@yahoo.com