Kyoko Inatome

1973 Born in Ukyo ward, Kyoto Japan 

1990 Graduated from Yasufuruichi Haigh School, Hiroshima Japan

1996 Bachelor of Arts in Craft, Kyoto City University of Arts

   Graduation work was awarded Kyoto City Mayor’s prize

1997 Exchange student at Royal Collage of Art, London

1998 Master of Arts in Ceramics, Kyoto City University of Arts Japan

2002 Video work was awarded Een Minuut prize

2003 Master of Fine Arts Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam The Netherlands

After studying abroad in the UK in 1997, she shifted her artistic activities to Europe. Based in Amsterdam the Netherlands she combines the handicraft techniques she developed in the ceramics department with the various modern approaches she learned in the Sandberg Instutuut Fine Art department. Especially her experience working part-time at Pontocho teahouse during her stay in Kyoto had a strong influence on her artistic activities.

In 2017, she launched a brand Kyoko Kimono, which applies sustainable approaches to handmade products using vintage kimono and obi. This approach applies to packaging design too. She uses homemade botanical ink to print the packaging and print on recycled paper. She even tries to reduce excessive use of resources by reusing packaging.

Kyoko Kimono products are displayed and sold at museum shops in the Netherlands, Finland, and stores in Japan.