Yumiko has been living in Brisbane in beautiful Queensland – Australia for the past 37 years.
She is a member of the International Sumi-E Association and has studied Sumi-E for over 10 years.
She is also a master practitioner of Shodo (Japanese Caligraphy) with in excess of 18 years experience.
Mabina Alaka is an accessory artist.
She was born in Kobe, Japan, lived in Canada, United Kingdom and now calls Brisbane her home.
From her studio in Brisbane, Mabina uses Japanese Yuzen papers, antique Kimono fabrics, Japanese cotton fabrics and beads to bring her collection to life. Added Swarovski crystals, Chezch beads and beads sourced from all over the world makes Mabina’s collection unique. The beauty in her earrings, necklaces, rings, brooches and hair ornaments are the reflection of her understanding of every aspect of design.
Mabina travels to Japan on a regular basis to source new material to keep her one off designs up-to-date and innovative.
Mabina also has a degree in Interior Design and works in the industry which enables her to see outside the square in creating her collection.
Shinji Ogata was born in Yatsushiro City (Kumamoto Prefecture), Japan, in 1965. After graduating from high school, He lived in Tokyo for about 20 years before moving to Brisbane in 2004.
The most exciting subjects for him to draw or paint are human figures or other organic subjects, but he also enjoys painting other things such as landscapes and buildings, because even though they are inorganic substances, he naturally tries to find the soul within them.
Shinji mainly uses pen and water colours. He loves this one-take finish style and enjoys the kind of improvisation it entails; it is also a very important aspect of his art.
He would like to keep searching for, and discovering, little pieces of the secret of this world’s aesthetic mysteries through his drawing tour of life.