Interview with Takeda Asayo - Japanese textile artist represented by Keiko Gallery, October 2011
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Ceramics Now Magazine : You are one of the most appreciated textile artists in Japan, with many awards for your purses. When did you start working with textiles?
Takeda Asayo: I started making purses in 1970 and had my first solo exhibition in a gallery in 1983.
Do you remember how much you asked for the first bag you created to be sold?
It was about JPY 12000 (=$150). That purchase made me confident and gave me the power to go forward.
Sculpturesque Purse, 2009, Cotton, leather - View her works
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.