As we start a year of New Traditions we are pleased to share the work and practice of Tokyo-based textile Artist Terumi Saito in our community spotlight. Terumi recently graduated from the Parson’s MFA Textile Program where her thesis project “BIRDS DIETY” grew from her experiences studying with master dyers, basket makers, and weavers from Peru and Guatemala. In addition to utilizing historical techniques, Terumi’s work draws from her own spiritualism and references the symbolism of the phoenix and the peacock. Terumi’s evocative work proposes a “contemporary hybrid craft” created with the intention to preserve, honor, and revive interest in these classic techniques through a different perspective. We hope you enjoy the following video interviews.
Photos and interview by Caleb Sayan