Name: Atsuko Sasaki
Where do you live: I live in Gifu city, Japan.
Known for: Felt art.
Currently working with: My Taneno collection.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
I’ve been painting oil painting during my education at the Art University. I began working with felt 15 years ago. I have created a felt system and concept in which I look through an art point of view, I make felting an art.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Of course I want to live in Japan. Japan is a wonderful country and the safest one in the world. I would choose to live here because I want to cherish the temperament that the Japanese have – they’ve got it from being surrounded by the sea.
How would you describe your creativity?
Use the color of wool as paint, I can create a form so as to create the sculpture. Order to felt the wool only manually, I need time and effort to the extent it is not possible to create. But that time is the time of very important creative for me.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
Since 2011 with my Felt Art Shop “Taneno”. My felt shop is the first floor of my home.
What do you do at the moment?
I will draw in my notes and sketch when something comes to mind, regardless of where I am or what I do at that moment.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
I think that the big one thing is originality. And it needs to be advertised to a lot of people.
Tell us how it all started.
With an effort.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
That it is organized. Organizing your space and doing some “head cleaning” is the same thing and equally important.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
My parents. Because I’m very grateful for them.
How do you like to spoil yourself?
When I’m crazy to make my felt works, completely forgetting about the time and just let go.
What is luxury for you?
Time for only working with my art.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
I had praised a very prestigious stylist.
What do you fear most?
It is to lose yourself completely when selling the art work, in the selling process – getting stuck and obsessed there.
What is a happy life to you?
To watch my children grow, and be able to produce my art every day.
What does a regular day look like for you?
It consists of the daily life things and daily production.
Tell us about your dream project.
It is my dream to have my bags appreciated and carried by people from all around the world.
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
The Paris collection of the fashion industry – everything!
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
Approaching to the fashion industry coming from the avant-garde art.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Daily creativity and love.
What inspires you?
The vast sea that leads to the world.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
Those ideas often obtained from and described by various philosophers’ works – in which their own imagination sets out and how it is then developed oneself, it all being obtained from nature.