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Meet Emi Fujisawa, the designer with influence from Wabi-Sabi

After Nataša Dolejši, our product designer specialized in buttons, we at BIG BERRY Kolpa River resort are welcoming our new fashion designer of the month, Emi Fujisawa! Emi is a Japanese textile designer and artist who creates gorgeous weaved and naturally dyed textiles.

Emi has been in the field since she started studying textile at university in 2009. She has been educated in Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and later in two different colleges in London: London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Art and Design. Emi is specialized in hand weaving and natural dyeing. In her work, she uses only natural materials, and she really puts effort into finding new ones: she has travelled to many different countries looking for local materials and researching traditional textiles.

The craziest project Emi has done was her final work, where she decided to use copper yarn which changes its color to green with time. This green color is one of Emi’s favorites, but it is very difficult to achieve with her usual methods of dyeing with flowers or other things from the nature. That is why she decided instead to use copper yarn and wait for it to turn into this magical green color.

BIG BERRY People DY Emi working

BIG BERRY People DY Emi working 2

BIG BERRY Fashion Design Project is an interesting project for Emi, especially because she has a special connection with Slovenia. She has visited Slovenia multiple times to do projects and work with her friend, Vita Ivičić. In BIG BERRY Kolpa River Resort, she really enjoys the peaceful, green nature. In her opinion, the best place in the resort is the Zen Area, and we think she fits there perfectly!

Emi’s work has a lot of influence from Wabi-Sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy focused on accepting the imperfect and transient nature of life. Wabi-Sabi is part of Zen Buddhism, and that is why Emi is the perfect designer to design new items for the Zen Area! Emi has ideas to design items such as a Japanese tea bowl or tapestry that is traditionally found in Japanese zen areas.

We are extremely excited to see her creative ideas for our Zen Area project!