Sanae Saragai

Growing up in my native Japan, I was surrounded by the creations of my mother who was a dressmaker. This inspired me to become an artist and designer. Combining my mothers inspiration with various Japanese traditions, I became inspired to use these motifs in my work, creating designs that are nature-inspired and simplistic.

I began using monofilaments and wire to knit with, making various 3D objects and I developed a particular interest in combining my knitted pieces with LED lights.

Later on, with a passion for textile design and print, I began to expand my repertoire by cutting and screen-printing silhouetted flowers onto various fabrics, then making these into fashion accessories and other artworks.

Coming full circle and returning to my days as an artist, I moved on to placing a sheet of fabric, printed with a silhouetted background of Japanese-inspired flowers within a deep frame before then creating cut-outs of flowers and layering them, creating multiple layers of depth to the piece.

Despite having come a long way and having many variations in my creative practice, I feel as if I am still near the beginning of my journey, and for me, this is very exciting.

You can contact me atffnentnv@lnubb.pbz

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