Fumiko Matsuda is an artist working to spread the international appeal of kimono fabric designs.
The kimono has a long rich history and is a much-loved part of Japanese traditional culture. Each one unique, the designs on each piece incorporate the tastes of the Japanese people who wear them and of those who designs them.
Then, when they have fulfilled their lives as items to be worn, Fumiko Matsuda takes pieces from these kimono and their accompanying obi, or sashes, and breathes new life into them. Playing on the beauty of their designs, she uses an original technique that transforms them into interior pieces that are at the same time artwork.
Through Fumiko Matsuda’s product designs, the sense of beauty in these traditional Japanese pieces is renewed.
Fumiko Matsuda began working in construction and design companies before establishing herself as an Interior Coordinator.
Whenever she visited interior and gift markets in Europe and the United States, she found she wanted to encourage the use of incorporating the beautiful designs of kimono and obi, unique Japanese fabrics, into home interiors in Japan and overseas. Matsuda created her own original art technique and began producing items from 1998.
Following this, she has been active internationally, including holding a folding screen exhibition for two consecutive years at the historic San Francisco home décor and home furnishings retailer, Gump’s.
Matsuda has also held exhibitions in Japan, mainly in department stores, and continues to create original new products, as well as order-made items. In addition, she holds workshops and gives instruction in her techniques nationwide.
■Fumiko Matsuda’s Work
Includes folding screens, artwork frames, hanging scrolls, tapestries, table runners, fabric panels, and more.