About Designer

A marriage of Australian contemporary design and traditional Japanese craftmanship

Kiyomi was born in Saitama, a city 30km north of Tokyo, Japan. In 2000, Kiyomi migrated to Australia with her Australian husband, Andrew, and founded Sashiko Design at Hobart's Salamanca Market.Today, as well as maintaining this popular market stall.

Kiyomi's range of bags are made with a combination of Japanese vintage Kimono, denim, cotton and leather. Dark denim gives the designs an Australian feel and she introduces Japanese culture using kimono fabric and sashiko stitching. The diverse range of vintage kimonos allows Kiyomi to offer her clients unique and individual pieces.

For Kiyomi, the process of designing is organic and intuitive. Rather than drawing her designs on paper, Kiyomi maintains a clear vision in her mind and works directly with materials until the design looks and feels right. Seeing the appreciation on people's faces when they see her work inspires Kiyomi to continue to create her stunning bags.

1970          Kiyomi born in Saitama, Japan

1989          Graduated : Koshigaya-Sogo Technical College with Certificate in Fashion Design         

1990s         Fashion designer at Pink House, Japan

2000          Migrated to Australia and established Sashiko design in Tasmania

2004          Design Island Exhibition - Mar to Oct 2004
                 A traveling exhibition developed by Object Design Centre in partnership with the
                 Tasmanian State Government through Arts Tasmania. It was held at Sydney Opera
                 House, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Launceston Design Centre.

2004          Contemporary Tasmanian Textile Exhibition - Jun 2004.
                 Held at Handmark Gallery in Salamanca Place, Hobart.

2004          Christmas Collectables 2004 - 14 Nov to 14 Dec 2004
                 An exhibition held at Handmark Gallery, showcaseing seven Tasmanian contemporary
                 artists in various areas; printmaking, jewellery,

2005          Christmas Collectables 2005 - 15 Nov - 14 Dec 2005
                 An established event at Handmark Gallery - opened on Tuesday, 15th November by
                 Judy Tieney, television presenter and journalist. It showcased the work of 10
                 Tasmanian artists.

2006          Beneath the Surface 2006 Design Island - 6 May to 21 May 2006
                 Held at Mowson Place Waterside Pavilion in Hobart from 6 - 20 May 2006 and traveled
                 to the Design Centre in Launceston from 25 May - June 11, 2006. The exhibition
                 included furniture, jewellery, graphic design, objects, textiles, fashion design,
                 enviromental design and architecture.

2006          Traditional and Departures - Canberra 26 May to 2 July 2006
                 (Cowra NSW 9 September - 21 October 2006)
                 Curated by Jas Hugonnet for the Year of Exchange between Australia and Japan. It
                 showcased the work of Australian and Japanese craft practitioners across a range of
                 media highlighting the influence of Japanese traditions on contemporary Australian
                 craft practice.

2009          Premier's Award for Excellence - Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine, Tasmania