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Jorie Johnson (Joi Rae): My Rising Sun With In: Dark Green carpet series 2011, 106 x 170cm, natural color and acid-dyed wool; Landscape Fragments cushion series 2011, wool felt cover, cotton cushion, suede. Photo by Toyoda Yuzo. After the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami/reactor explosion I realized that we all look at Japan in a different way. So in reference to the name Land of the Rising Sun, I was working through current queries about my life here in Japan. / Keiko Gallery - Japanese artists
More than 30 years ago, you established your own independent studio for the production of fabric sculpture and bags. What can you tell us about the studio, how it evolved in time?
I would like to create the usable sculpture rather than just looking. I believe that this new concept appeals to many people, so I have been able to continue my style until now.
Your works have an amazing and innovative design which distinguish itself. You carefully chose the fabric material, and you try to make your works to be comfortable and complimentary to the human body. Doing all that, you find a balance between functionality and design. How?
Our body of work consists in many curved lines, so I always consider that the shape and lines of my purses can harmonize with our body line. I prefer to improvise rather than using the fixed patterns. That makes my purses comfortable to wear.