Ayaka Umeda pursues new pictorial expression using the traditional dyeing technique of wax dyeing. Wax dyeing is a pattern-dyeing technique in which heated wax is dipped into a brush and allowed to permeate the cloth, thus preventing the dye from entering the permeated area.
The reason why Umeda expresses herself through dyeing is because she feels the possibility of expressing a world beyond her imagination.
The dye particles that move on the water cannot be completely controlled. Unlike painting, dyeing is said to be something you “become” rather than something you “do,” and it sometimes creates a world that no one could have imagined.
Umeda expresses various themes with wax dyeing based on the nature around her which she has been familiar with since her childhood, out of her urge to see the new world created by dyeing.
Ayaka Umeda HP
1993 Born in Hiroshima
2016 Graduated from Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Art, Department of Design and Crafts, Dyeing and Weaving
2017 Selected as a Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program Scholar
2018 Completed Master's Program in Dyeing and Weaving, Department of Design and Planning, Graduate School of Art, Hiroshima City University
2021 ARTIST NEW GATE Gallery Seek Prize
2016 "Dyeing Aquarium", mm project Contemporary Art Gallery & Art Project Space, Hiroshima
2018 "Trees of Thousand Autumns", mm project Contemporary Art Gallery & Art Project Space, Hiroshima, Japan
2018 "Ayaka Umeda Solo Exhibition", GALLERY ART POINT .bis, Ginza, Tokyo
2019 "Ayaka Umeda Solo Exhibition -Last Flowers-", GALLERY ART POINT.bis, Ginza, Tokyo
Group exhibitions and publicly solicited exhibitions
2020 "The 1st Artist New Gate Final Juried Exhibition", Gallery Seek, Ginza, Tokyo
2020 "Mojiko Art Wharf", Former Dalian Shipping Line Shed, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
2020 "Kusa no dew, Hana no Koka" art space morgenrot, Minami Aoyama
2019 "Art Gaia @ Jonanjima," Jonanjima Factory, Jonanjima
2019 "Hatsune, Hanakage, Spring Dew," art space morgenrot, Minami Aoyama
2018 "National University Selected Dyeing Works Exhibition," Dyeing and Seiryukan, Kyoto
2018 "Independent Tokyo2018", Asakusa Hulic Hall, Special Jury Prize
2018 "The 21st Hiroshima City University Faculty of Art Graduation and Completion Works Exhibition," Hiroshima City University Art Museum, Hiroshima, Excellent Prize for Completion Work
2017 "New and Emerging Dyeing Artists Exhibition: Wide Angle of Dyeing, Sharp Angle from Dyeing," Dye & Seiryukan, Kyoto, Japan
2017 "The 72nd Shinko Kogei Association Public Call Exhibition," Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex, Kyoto, Japan, Effort Award
2017 "The 3rd Kanazawa Auction of Crafts and Art," Honorable Mention
2017 "The 71st Yamaguchi Prefecture Art Exhibition" Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Selected Prize
2017 "The 34th Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program", Selected Prize
(Since then, selected for the 37th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 45th, 46th)
2016 "Seifu-kai Art Encouragement Exhibition", Itsukaichi Memorial Hospital, Hiroshima Seifu-kai Art Encouragement Purchase Prize
2016 "The 19th Hiroshima City University Graduation and Completion Works Exhibition," Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Excellent Prize and Purchase Prize
2015 "The 70th Shinkokai Open Call Exhibition" Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art