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Maiko Tsutsumi's research and studio practice focuses on the role of materiality and skills in artistic practices, as well as their relationship to the practitioner’s thought processes.
She studied and apprenticed in furniture making and Japanese lacquer work in Kyoto during the 90's, before moving to London to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art.
Tsutsumi has been involved in the design industry for the last 16 years with her curatorial projects including Thingness (2011, 2013), as well as the Arts Council funded The Laundry Room (2012) at Balin House Projects, featuring Richard Wentworth and Michael Marriott.
Tsutsumi completed a practice-based PhD The Poetics of Everyday Objects in 2007.