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Profile 2017 Spring Natural Fiber Weaving  Catalog 2017 Autumn Natural Fiber Works


From the start of her freelance career, MIKA YAJIMA produced mainly on order artwork to hotels,
corporate buildings, JAL's domestic and International lounges, etc., for architectural spaces by using
original techniques - weaving, knotting, winding, collage, and polyester coating with fiber material.
A paradoxical combination of thin thread & metal, light & heavy, soft & hard, and the like are her hallmarks.
From 2006 she exhibited some conceptual installations pursuing more spirituality with stronger messages.
In recent years, she has made a transformation from folk art materials to the modern arts
returning to the original self-cultivated material series -Asian royal fern, Basho fiber, Kudzu fiber etc.,
that continues from her art college days, while bringing in her experience of
working in the production of artworks for kimono and architectural objects.


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1965 Born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan.
1988 Graduated from TOKYO ZOKEI UNIVERSITY (B.A), Studied under Prof. Akiko Shimanuki (Fiber Artist)
1988 Worked at ICHIDA Corporation Kimono Division, assigned to Merchandising, Sales promotion & Marketing staff.
1989 Encouragement Prize '89 Asahi Contemporary Craft Competition (Tapestry by Natural Fiber Weaving)
1989 Collected by ICHIDA Corporation to “Nanzenji Tairyu Villa, Kyoto” (Tapestry by Natural Fiber Weaving)
1993 Became a freelance Fiber Artist to start MIKA YAJIMA ATELIER for architectural artworks
2006 Group Exhibition “Water + Wind '06” supervised by Designer Shigeru Uchida at GALLERY le bain Tokyo (Le-Cube) 
2006 Competition “Echigo-Tumari Art Triennial 2006” (Installation by membrane structure at summer ski field)
2006 Solo Exhibition “INSIDE−Blue Flower Project Vol.2” at ZAIM YOKOHAMA (Conceptual Installation)
2006 December Decoration for ZAIM YOKOHAMA” (Conceptual Installation for outer walls of building with Yokohama Citizen)
2007 Group Exhibition “Water + Wind '07” supervised by Designer Shigeru Uchida at GALLERY le bain Tokyo (Rope work) 
2010 Dyeing & Weaving, Fiber Arts” ISBN978-4-87298-853-6 ARTBOX international Inc. (Works published)
2014 Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition -Quintessence du Yamato a Paris- / La Galerie Mona Lisa, France (Object by Zenmai fiber)
2015 Contemporary Art - Artist File W” ISBN978-4-87298-899-4 ARTBOX international Inc. (Works published)
2015 Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition〜D'ART CONTEMPORAIN JAPONAIS PRINTEMPS〜 / Galerie Etienne de Causans, France
2016 Nicholas Usherwood Prize at the Competition “DISCOVER THE ONE JAPANESE ART London 2016” (Tapestry with frame)
2016 Galleries Magazine July” Written by Nicholas Usherwood - Features editor (Prized works published)
2016 Selected Exhibition “Kamakura - Nice WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION 2016” (Rope work)
2017 ”Cool Japan creators file V “ ISBN978-4-87298-910-6 ARTBOX international Inc. (Works published)
2016 Kamakura To Nice WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION 2016 / Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice, France. (Rope work) 
2017 Art Fair World Art Dubai 2017 / Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE (Natural Fiber Weaving)
2017 Art Fair Accessible Art Fair Brussels 2017 / Bozar, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Natural Fiber Materials) 
2017 Art Fair Luxembourg Art Fair ART3f 2017 / Parc des Expositions - Luxexpo Thebox, Luxembourg (Natural Fiber Materials)
2018 Selected Exhibition Royal Arts Prize V.Edition 2018 / LA GALLERIA PALL MALL London, UK (Natural Fiber Weaving)
2018 Art Fair World Art Dubai 2018 Solo Artist / Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

1965  高知県生まれ
1988  市田株式会社入社 和装東京事業部 / 特選きもの商品担当・販売促進&マーケティング担当
1989  '89 朝日現代クラフト展 奨励賞 (Tapestry)
1989  作品収蔵 市田株式会社 南禅寺対龍山荘 (Tapestry)
1992  市田株式会社退社/独立
2002  2002年度 東京造形大学非常勤講師
2006  グループ展ウォータープラスウィンド '06展 / GALLERY le bain
2006  第3回越後妻有アートトリエンナーレ大地の芸術祭2006 / 新潟十日町市下条中峰スキー場 Terra-Blue Flower Project  
2006  個展 INSIDE−Blue Flower Project Vol.2 / ZAIM 横浜
2006.  屋外インスタレーション December Decoration for ZAIM 2006 / ZAIM横浜(with YOKOHAMA Citizen & Friend's Origami Networks)
2007  グループ展ウォータープラスウィンド '07展 / GALLERY le bain
2010  「染・織・ファーバーアート 紡がれる世界」 / 株式会社ARTBOXインターナショナル / 作品掲載
2014  パリ 日本選抜作家展 -Quintessence du Yamato a Paris- / La Galerie Mona Lisa 
2015  パリ  春の日本現代美術展 〜D'ART CONTEMPORAIN JAPONAIS PRINTEMPS〜 / Galerie Etienne de Causans
2015  「〜 世界に発信する日本の現代美術 〜現代美術アーティストファイルIV」 /株式会社ARTBOXインターナショナル /作品掲載
2016  第1回DISCOVER THE ONE JAPANESE ART ロンドン展 ニコラス・アッシャーウッド賞 受賞 (Tapestry with frame)
2016  第24回国際平和美術展 鎌倉展/鎌倉芸術館-ニース展 / PARC PHONIX-NICE
2017  「クールジャパン・クリエイターズファイル V」 / 株式会社ARTBOXインターナショナル / 作品掲載
2017  アートフェア ワールド・アート・ドバイ2017 / ドバイ・ワールド・トレード・センター、アラブ首長国連邦 (Natural Fiber Weaving)
2017  アートフェア アクセシブル・アート・フェア / 芸術の宮殿, ブリュッセル, ベルギー王国 (Natural Fiber Materials) 
2017  アートフェア ルクセンブルグ・ART3f・アート・フェア2017 / Parc des Expositions - Luxexpo Thebox (Natural Fiber Materials)
2018  選抜展 ロイヤル・アート賞 V.Edition 2018 / ポール・モール・ギャラリー ロイヤル・アーケード、ロンドン、英国 (Natural Fiber Weaving)
2018  アートフェア ワールド・アート・ドバイ2018 ソロアーティスト / ドバイ・ワールド・トレード・センター、アラブ首長国連邦



Born 1965, Kochi Prefecture. Raised by her parents, who were both educators. In high school, she discovered an
ambition to practice dyeing and weaving, and in order to study under Professor Akiko Shimanuki, a pioneer of Japan's
tapestry world, she enrolled on the Textile Design course of Tokyo Zokei University's Department of Design, in 1988.
The discovery of her great-grandmother's belongings in the family warehouse, and the realisation that she had
practiced dyeing and weaving, led her to the experience of personally cultivating and gathering zenmai cotton and
raw cotton fibers on the land of her ancestors, cutting down the Basho banana plants that had grown wild there, and
weaving the thread by hand. The theme of her graduation piece was 'Basho, paper cloth and zenmai weaving - fusing
independently transmitted dyeing and weaving folk craft materials that have never before met', and included research
on materials and a tapestry piece. After her graduation, the piece won the incentive award at the '89 Asahi
Contemporary Craft Exhibition, and was bought by her employer at the time, Ichida Corporation.

In 1988 she joined the business department of Ichida Corporation's Tokyo Kimono Division as a regular employee,
and spent 2 years in charge of merchandising specially selected kimono made by a variety of craftspeople including
Japanese living national treasures. She spent a further 2 years in the marketing room of the sales department in
charge of sales promotion for events such as a cultural event where imperial and samurai daily clothes and
furnishings were exhibited, and a special event involving several thousand consumers, before leaving the company
in 1992 to go freelance.

While in the process of attempting semi-three-dimensional modelling by carrying out resin treatment on textiles she
had woven herself, in 1993, through an introduction by the art business company she was formally employed at, she
offered technical cooperation for a golf course lounge artwork project run by a construction company. From then on,
she was able to specialize in architectural spaces, and handle order-made artwork that involved building up the space
while directly exchanging opinions with architects and clients.

After giving birth and while bringing up her child, she jointly produced original artwork for hotel rooms with a focus
on collage, in a collaboration with other female designers. Representative works include the 1995 Seoul Garden Hotel
series where all main floors of the hotel were decorated with art deco YAJIMA works, a 1998 private work for the
entrance hall of the ambassador's residence in Hanoi of country J which had strips of woven in metal bars coated
in gold leaf as its motif, and a 1999 work for Yokohama Media Tower Entrance Hall, which became the work by the
youngest female artist among works in the Minatomirai area. From 1998 to 2005 she designed artworks for the
entrance halls of the international and domestic Sakura Lounges of Japan Airlines at airports with an emphasis on

At the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006 she exhibited a cloth installation consisting of a 300m membrane structure
on a ski slope in summer and in the same year at Yokohama ZAIM she experienced a participatory installation where
citizens decorated the outside of the building with origami silver balloons for Christmas. At the same solo exhibition,
'INSIDE', she took on the challenge of a collaboration with a musical piece composed by a child - 'Moon Flowers' -
conducted an exhibition where participants drank rose tea in an aromatic space, while tasting and enjoying the space,
and in other ways attempted to express the 'INSIDE' through constructing spaces made up not just of looking and
showing, but with the five senses plus the sixth sense as their total.

Recently, to a base consisting of the research theme she has more or less continued since her university days - the
self-cultivated and selected plant fibers from her birth place in K?chi - she has added the unique essence of her
experience at work that involved her in kimono fabric and the creation of architectural spaces, resuming her attempt
to transform folk craft dyeing and weaving into modern art. In what way are those expressions felt by people from
overseas? In 2014 she began displaying her works overseas at selective exhibitions and in other ways, and in July
2016 one of those works won the Nicholas Usherwood Prize at the Japanese artist's competition held in London.
From 2017, she experienced several art fairs, and be selected as a short listed artist of 'Royal Art Prize V. Edition',
was held by galleries at Royal Opera Arcade in London on February 2018. Nominated in the category of International
Artist Award at The World Art Dubai Awards 2018, UAE.



代表作はホテルのメインフロアーすべてがアールデコテイストのYAJIMA作品となった1995年Seoul Garden Hotel作品群、
1998年 金箔貼金属棒を織込み帯をモチーフとした在ハノイJ国大使公邸エントランスホールへの非公開作品、みなとみらい
エリア作品内で最年少女性アーティストとなった1999年 横浜メディアタワーエントランスホール作品等。1998年-2005年テーマ
性を重視した日本航空JAL国内外のサクララウンジ エントランスホールアートワークを担当。
同個展INSIDEにおいては子供の作曲した音楽-Moon Flowersとのコラボレーションに挑戦、アロマの香る空間でローズティーを

2018年4月、於UAEアラブ首長国連邦、アートフェア ワールド・アート・ドバイ2018 インターナショナル・アーテイスト賞選考候補。

Question 1 制作でこころがけている点。

Question 2 染・織・ファイバーアートの魅力を教えてください。




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