Wearable art is my passion. SilkTakuyo was born from my passion for silk painting.
I was born and raised in Japan and learned the art of traditional Japanese painting there. I left Japan to attend Parsons School of Design. In New York, I began my life in the arts, working in fashion and graphic design. On a trip to Hawaii, my husband and I fell in love with its lush natural beauty, and, when we started a family, we decided to move to Kauai, our tropical paradise.
Everything in Hawaii inspires me and my work. My art studio here is surrounded by lush green plants and leafy trees all year round. The ocean is nearby and a short walk on the beach is all it takes to restore my inner peace and tranquility. When it rains in Kauai, we always expect to see rainbows in the sky—nature’s own art is breathtaking!
The beautiful feeling of silk also inspires me. It’s luxurious and totally receptive. Once my brush touches the silk, that’s it—there’s no going back. It’s thrilling because every time I paint, something new blossoms. When I paint on silk, I have to be fearless and completely free from any tension or hesitation.
Silk’s absorbent quality challenges me to think on my feet, but it also communicates to me, letting me know when to move quickly or slowly with deliberation. It is a conversation between the brush, the ink, and the fabric. And I love how my hand-painted silk art connects me to my heritage, Hawaii, this amazing place where I live, and to my precious customers all over the globe.
Creating an ideal customer experience is a priority for me. When I receive an email from a satisfied customer saying how much she loves her new silk scarf, it lights up my day. Many of my clients give Silk Takuyo pieces as gifts. I feel so honored to be a part of the beautiful thoughts and intentions expressed by my clients around the world.