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Cabell County
B.F.A. Interior Design (Osaka University of Arts, Japan)
M.F.A. Fiber/ Artisanry (University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth)
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Drawing, Installation Art Design & Production, Jewelry making, Painting, Textile Design & Artistry

Miyuki Akai Cook

My visual inspiration and aesthetic are often from Japanese heritage. I call myself a “maker” because my curious and adventurous personality let me use various techniques and materials for different purposes. As a mother and educator, I have concern about young generation. My work focuses on balance and dilemma caught between human society with all mechanical development and human as a part of nature. I often use disposable items and trash with traditional materials and techniques to express today’s human society. Technology must coexist with our only land, earth, since we will never go back to ancient life style. I am not blaming anyone, but I rather present the facts and problems for awareness.

Biography

I was born and raised in Japan. I have always enjoyed creativities since I can remember, such as drawing, painting, and paper cutting. My mother introduced me to sewing, knitting, crocheting. It was very natural for me to pursue art as a career. I attended Seian Woman’s college in Kyoto for a year to study textile, which was my first experience in dyed fabric.

I earned BFA in Interior Design from Osaka University of Arts in Japan. In 2000, I took a journey to the U.S. to explore a different culture. I re-discovered an interest in textile while studying at University of North Texas. In 2006, I received MFA in Fiber/ Artisanry from University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth. I have been passionate for education and currently teach at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.