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My Evocative Sculptures And Wearable Pieces Were Created With Ordinary Fabric
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My Evocative Sculptures And Wearable Pieces Were Created With Ordinary Fabric

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I am fascinated by the potential of common materials like polyester, nylon, and cotton, and my goal is to bring out each fabric’s inherent characteristics and beauty. Using a proprietary heat-setting technique, I give the fabric a new identity through reshaping it into three-dimensional forms. In addition to finding inspiration in the material itself, I am motivated by the process of experimentation, during which accidental discoveries lead to new ideas.

My designs have been incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces and in collaborations with fashion designers Lela Rose and Jean Paul Gaultier; in January 2019, my work appeared on the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk at Paris Haute Couture. My work has also been included in museum collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert (London), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), MFA Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Swiss National Museum (Zurich), and Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris).

Photography credit: Mariko Kusumoto

More info: marikokusumoto.com | Instagram

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Mariko Kusumoto

Mariko Kusumoto

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Mariko Kusumoto was born in Kumamoto, Japan. Educated in Tokyo and San Francisco, she currently lives and works in Massachusetts. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in the US and Europe. Fascinated by the potential of different materials, Kusumoto prevails upon fabric to construct forms of elegant simplicity and evocative imagery. Her designs are incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces, and in collaborations with renowned fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Mariko Kusumoto

Mariko Kusumoto

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Mariko Kusumoto was born in Kumamoto, Japan. Educated in Tokyo and San Francisco, she currently lives and works in Massachusetts. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums in the US and Europe. Fascinated by the potential of different materials, Kusumoto prevails upon fabric to construct forms of elegant simplicity and evocative imagery. Her designs are incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces, and in collaborations with renowned fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier.

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Titas Burinskas

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This dude right here? He works as a Community Manager at Bored Panda. Has no back-story, cause his spine works just fine. He writes about himself in third-person, and in first-person about others. Fell in love with storytelling and cannot let that love go. Now, he's here to help you make your own story simply beautiful. Secretly makes cute music samples and writes stories in the dark that nobody has ever heard of before.

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Titas Burinskas

Titas Burinskas

Moderator, Community member

This dude right here? He works as a Community Manager at Bored Panda. Has no back-story, cause his spine works just fine. He writes about himself in third-person, and in first-person about others. Fell in love with storytelling and cannot let that love go. Now, he's here to help you make your own story simply beautiful. Secretly makes cute music samples and writes stories in the dark that nobody has ever heard of before.

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