CREATIVES FOR OUR FUTURE
SWAROVSKI FOUNDATION INSTITUTE
Shuzo studied his BA Textile Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. During this time, he focused on creation and research relating to the body; fashion and costume design. As a department of textiles, he also obtained traditional skills such as weaving, dyeing, printing, and knitting. Through learning those techniques, he has been into not only fashion, textile materials but also craft, various traditional detailed methods that are inherited and evolved over centuries. Currently studying Fashion Design at University of Applied Arts Vienna.
“There is a culture that you can only wear clothes for one season. I want to contribute to the sustainable society by proving the importance of craft spirit in the fashion industry positively and changing that culture”
Through the support of the Creatives for Our Future program, Shuzo was able to travel around southern France sourcing vintage fabrics and learning traditional craft skills, all of which is advanced his ‘mending’ skills to complete his “Re-craft” collection.
Shuzo is fascinated by old materials and fabrics produced by hand. They may be considered as imperfect but he thinks they have outstanding individuality and a story.
For his 'Mending, Re-craft Series' he used worn out clothes and second hand materials, gaining inspiration from traditional mending techniques. His style of work demonstrates a solution to the concerns the fashion and textile industry have in a sustainable society.
Shuzo started a project by unpicking a tailored suit that he had bought at a flea market for research, and found a name card in the breast pocket. This made him imagine a story of the former owner of the suit.
Shuzo's parents don’t work in creative industries: his father is a dental technician, and his mother works in a hospital. But his mother likes handicrafts and used to make bags for him when he was a child. He was also good at drawing and origami — although he preferred playing outside to staying at home.
Since he loved creating things, Shuzo studied Textile Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. He chose this subject as he had noticed textiles in our lives everywhere. When he was in his second year, he had to choose between interior design, art and fashion - he chose fashion without giving it too much thought. Shuzo's outlook is influenced by his upbrining in Japan, but adds that plenty of Austrian craftspeople have caught his eye as well.
There is a culture that you can only wear clothes for one season. Mentally this creates clothes that have less value than they should in our minds.
From what Shuzo learned and his detailed aesthetic sense, he could contribute to the sustainable society by proving the importance of the craft spirit in fashion industry positively and change that culture.