I have heard that a knitted piece is alive — it grows and contracts. But as I practice my art, I have also come to realize that each loop has life, like a cell, and when I knit I am combining these cells to create a whole organism.
Because of this, the spirit of each piece depends on how I feel. A piece is happy or calm based on my mood and my condition as I think the cells of this knitted life.
In the same way, I feel the spirit of the piece will be transferred to the person who wears it. I believe that happy sweaters will bring happiness to the soul inside.
I use a hand-loomed knitting machine, intarsia technique, hand-tailored, and knit with natural fibers such as 100% cotton, wool, mohair, silk or paper.
education & professional experience
Knitwear creator, Madison, WI, U.S.A.
Established Kaoru Izushi Knit Design
Worked for FDC Products Co.Ltd, apparel company, Tokyo, Japan
Graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
Majored in Apparel Design
Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show / Washington, DC
HandMade In Japan Fes' / Tokyo Big Sight
Akiko Wada Art Hobby Expo / SEIBU Department Store SHIBUYA Tokyo,Japan
Musashino Art University Alumni Exhibition / New York, NY
Washington Craft Show / Washington, DC
Smithsonian Craft Show / Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft / Philadelphia, PA
Saint Louis Art Fair / Saint Louis, MO
Lakefront Festival of Arts / Milwaukee, WI
HIATUS at HYART Gallery / Madison, WI
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair THE ORIGINAL / Ann Arbor, MI
American Craft Council Shows / Atlanta, GA / Baltimore, MD / San Francisco, CA / Sarasota, FL / St. Paul, MN
Art Fair on the Square / Madison,WI
Suika no kai / Ayumi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Visualization Realization / Gallery of Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison