Every design is as unique as the seasonal leaves and flowers I collected. I use minerals and tannins to transfer natural colors and shapes onto fabrics. It is like painting with nature. All plants are harvested sustainably from the San Francisco Bay Area. Each piece is handmade and one of a kind.
The making of botanical printing. Get behind-the-scenes and discover how we transform the color and shapes from the leaves to our products.
Color, Pattern and Materials
I experiment with natural colors derived from plants and wild mushrooms. I use patterns of leaves to paint a collage of shapes and hues that decorate the materials. I play with the texture of silk, wool, cotton, leather, Japanese paper, and many more....
Printing on Paper
Using Japanese vintage paper and washi (rice paper) to create Asian style greeting cards.
I hunt wild mushroom for food and for dye. Mushroom can give varieties of colors to both wool and silk.
Fresh cannabis can be used to print the patterns on silk.
Mayumi has always enjoyed working with her hands to blend imagination into her creations. She loves learning traditional craft techniques - Ikebana, silver jewelry, ceramic art, sewing, color dying with mushroom, and knitting. Fiber art is a natural progression and botanical printing is bringing together all of the handicraft skills she developed in the past. Her inspiration comes from art, nature, and simply looking at flowers and plants wherever she goes. Mayumi first learned the technique of botanical printing from Monique Risch. Since then, she has been creating with both existing and newly discovered natural dye techniques. As a modern craft, botanical printing is a constant cycle of learning and experimentation, yet it can never be fully controlled. Just like nature.
Her latest series is a combination of mushroom dye and botanical prints.
All the plants she use are ethically harvested from the Bay Area and her art pieces are sold at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and other prestigious art fairs around the Bay Area.