Terumi Saito

Terumi Saito is a multidisciplinary artist working in fiber art and sculpture and is known for her backstrap weaving sculptures that utilize iconic jute ropes. Backstrap weaving, one of the earliest weaving techniques, has a rich history in Asia and Central and South America. Japan’s history of Backstrap weaving dates to the Yayoi period (circa 300 BCE to 300 CE). Her unique approach combines traditional and ancient backstrap weaving techniques, the use of natural dyes and fibers, and a meticulous, labor-intensive weaving process. Saito’s artistic endeavors are centered on a dual mission: preserving endangered traditional techniques and shedding new light on them through a contemporary lens. The labor-intensive and time-consuming process becomes the crucible for her ideas and artistic joy, resulting in a powerful body of work that represents a unique convergence of traditional techniques and contemporary artistic expression. Saito received a BFA in Graphic Design from Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, and an MFA in Textiles from Parsons School of Design in New York.

To learn more about Terumi Saito’s work, visit https://www.terumisaito.com/