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Maiko Tsutsumi

Pathway Leader MA Visual Arts (Designer Maker)
Camberwell College of Arts
Researcher Research
Maiko  Tsutsumi


Maiko Tsutsumi is Course Leader for MA Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts. Maiko studied Japanese lacquer work and woodwork, and was apprenticed to furniture makers in Kyoto before moving to London where she later received her master’s degree in furniture design at the Royal College of Art. She completed a practice based PhD, The Poetics of Everyday Objects at Kingston University in 2007, while working at Tomoko Azumi's t.n.a. design studio. Maiko has co-curated exhibitions Thingness (2011 & 2013), The Laundry Room (2012), The Department of Repair (2015), and most recently curated On the Way to Language (2018). She has also edited and written for the accompanying publications for these exhibitions.

Maiko's research and studio practice focus on the role of materiality, agency, skills and language in the creative practice, and their relationship to the practitioner’s thought processes. Other areas of research include: forms of knowledge that are tacit, embedded, or experiential in relation to the creative practice and practical skills.

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Current research students

  • Adrienne Bennie, "Interrogative Design: Challenging Attitudes to Homelessness Through Spatial Design Practice" (Joint supervisor)
  • Bridget Harvey, How can Re-making and Repair Function as both Political Action and Design Strategy? (Lead supervisor)


3D design and product design
Curation and culture
Fine art