Chisayo: My grand mother was a kimono dress maker. She gave me lots of off cuts and taught me how to make simple bags.
My mother loved sewing and knitting also.
I always watched them. It was amazing to see how a flat piece of material was turned into a bag, a dress, a flower, decorations...I started sewing when I was about 10. I learnt sewing at highschool then I went to kimono dress making school and learnt how to make Kimonos.
When I had my first child 10 years ago, I started making soft toys for my daughter.
One day, I made a felt cake for my daughter and she loved it very much and I was happy too, so I made another felt cake the very next day. Then I made a hamburger, a hot dog, sushi...and I kept making different things.
I especially love to work with felt because of the texture. It's easy to work with and I can ues all of my imagination in the creations.
One of my friends saw my creations and said to me that I should sell them. Then I started focusing on making things for the Art & Craft Markets.