biography

artistic statement

 

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

 

present

Knitwear creator, Madison, WI, U.S.A.

 

1991

Established Kaoru Izushi Knit Design

 

1986-89

Worked for FDC Products Co.Ltd, apparel company, Tokyo, Japan

 

1986

Graduated from Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan

Majored in Apparel Design

 

exhibitions

 

2014-present

Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show / Washington, DC

2019

HandMade In Japan Fes' / Tokyo Big Sight

Tokyo,Japan

2018

Akiko Wada Art Hobby Expo / SEIBU Department Store SHIBUYA Tokyo,Japan

2012,15,16

Musashino Art University Alumni Exhibition / New York, NY

2012

Washington Craft Show / Washington, DC

2011-

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

 

2010,16

HIATUS at HYART Gallery / Madison, WI

 

2009,11

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

 

2006,07,15-present

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair THE ORIGINAL / Ann Arbor, MI

2002-present

American Craft Council Shows / Atlanta, GA / Baltimore, MD / San Francisco, CA / Sarasota, FL / St. Paul, MN

 

1995-present

Art Fair on the Square / Madison,WI

 

1993,95

Suika no kai / Ayumi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

1992

Visualization Realization / Gallery of Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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photography by Tom McInvaille