Category Archives: Japan

Azumi Sakata

Coveting these incredible art brooches created by Japanese artist, Azumi Sakata. She uses the traditional goldwork technique and embellishes her work with pearls, coral, glass beads and leather to produce her awesome unique style. You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. She does have an Etsy shop but currently has no listing posted.

Images: Courtesy of Azumi Sakata.

Shukugawa Sakura Sagyosyo

Found these great linen bags with embroidery on both sides in the Japanese handmade market site, Creema. These are sold under the brand name, Shukugawa Sakura Sagyosyo.  The Japanese embroidery method is sashiko which means “little stabs”. The running stitch was traditionally used to reinforce or repair worn fabrics but today it is primarily used for decorative purposes. Purl Soho has an abridged description of the craft on their tutorial page.

We found very little information on the maker but you can follow them on their website and see more of their work on Instagram and on Creema.

Images: Courtesy of Shukugawa Sakura Sagyosyo.

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Yumi Umeda

We often browse the Japanese market site, Minne, and regularly find great hand crafted items.  The embroidered items shown above is the work of Yumi Umeda and sold under the brand, YumYumYum. There’s very little biography on the artist but she has worked as an illustrator for books and magazines.

You can follow her on her official website, Creema, and Minne.

Images: Courtesy of Yumi Umeda.