Recently Jasmine got together with Ami Suma who she got to know after she commissioned Ami to paint the walls of her children's rooms. Esme and Max [pictured below] loved the experience of seeing the creation take place in front of them and live on in their rooms.
She soon became disenchanted with working exclusively in the fashion world and at the same time felt distant from her own creativity so she decided to give up her job.
In 2005 a friend saw some of her sketches of funny and goofy toys. Her friend was so impressed she invited Ami to an exhibit that she was also in. Ami had sketched several series worth at this point and agreed to join. The exhibition was a success! She loved the reactions and seeing people laugh and feel happy while engaged with her toys. She hopes to continue creating fun and fantastical toys for everyone.She had another inspiration while flipping through a children's magazine and noticing a spread about a child's room which featured decorative walls. Embellished walls was not at all common (at least not while she was growing up) in her home country of Japan. She loved the idea and was moved enough to think about painting whimsical, out of this world, murals especially for children. She wanted to create a customized room where a child could feel safe and happy; a place where they could imagine and dream. A space like no other, that's just theirs! Her idea is to collaborate with her clients and mesh visions together to come up with a collective end result. She does not want to be thought of as an artist who pushes her own agenda but more a painter who can provide a fun service for families.
Her inspirations at the moment include, Contemporary Chinese Artists like Fu Jijang, Zhang Huan or Yue Minjun and movie directors Tetsuya Nakashima and Ingmar Bergman. She grew up watching Hayao Miyazaki, an all time hero of hers and she confesses to watching his movies over and over. we agree, we love Nausicaa!
You will definitely be seeing more of Ami in the future. The fun world she imagines is growing from the walls of children to shops [like Pomme NYC pictured above] to reach even larger audiences.
Photos courtesy of-
Percy by Kikuko Usuyama
Bebe Nou's by Marilou Daube
Pomme NYC by Davina Zaqury Feinberg
Reported by Associate Editor- Jasmine Astronomo-Berger