Thingness - this site showcases projects that explore materiality of things, its agency, workings and effects through a multi-faceted practice.
Maiko Tsutsumi studied and apprenticed in furniture making and Japanese lacquer work in Kyoto in the 1990s before moving to London to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art. She later completed her practice based PhD The Poetics of Everyday Objects at Kingston University.
After working in the design industry for over 15 years, and also spent several years teaching, she returned to her own studio practice. She makes a range of finely crafted sculptures and objects for use in wood, lacquer and ceramic. She is currently based at Vanguard Court Studios in Camberwell, South East London.
Maiko runs MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She also writes and has curated exhibitions Thingness (2011 / 2013), The Laundry Room (2012), The Department of Repair (2015), and On the Way to Language (2018).