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◆ Hello! My name is Maiko Kobayashi. I’m a handweaver, an eternally novice quilter & knitter, and a BIG fan of sashiko. I was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan but I consider myself as a product of two cultures - Hiroshima and Hokkaido - because that’s where my parents (and their parents) come from and I feel strongly attached to both places.
◆ Since young, I was always interested in different languages and cultures as well as environmental issues. I spent my 20’s and early 30’s exploring the world by living, studying and working in different countries such as New Zealand, England, USA, France, Senegal, Canada, etc. (I was living like a vagabond…)
◆ In 2014, I met a tiny, super frightened and incredibly adorable puppy who was abandoned at the age of 8 weeks young. Living with this beautiful soul and “growing up together” with him in the human world has been a very BIG adventure for me. It made me realize how verbal language was NOT the only method of communication. This shy puppy, Taro, taught me how to hear the “voices” of those who communicate differently from us, and it led me to start a new exploration in search of the real meaning of life, the very essence of it. It was Taro who connected me with nature and non-organic beings. That connection filled me with full of gratitude towards our lives and existence. And that gratitude convinced me to become an advocate for all that are very precious yet overlooked in this "detached" society that we live in.
◆ In 2017, I left my corporate job and entered the world of textile crafts by enrolling myself in a textile certificate program at a community college in San Francisco.
◆ In 2018, I was first introduced to sashiko by my American teacher in her Textile Design class and I fell in love with it at first sight. Since then, I have been practicing sashiko while trying to understand what messages and lessons sashiko has to offer to the people of the 21st century. It feels to me that the act of crafting in the present moment is a way of communication that connects me with the past and/or the future. And the needle movement (unshin:運針）in sashiko connects me with my parents, ancestors and predecessors from whom there's so much to learn about their virtues, values, lifestyles, and so on. Sashiko is like a series of riddles for me to discover where I REALLY come from and what’s REALLY important in our current lives for a happier future of our planet...
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