Jessie Katsukin Takamura is a felt artist and textured graphics illustrator. Her illustration style is one that renders playfulness with various textures and cheery colours. She makes miniature felt sculptures using her experimental crafting techniques that can be transformed into accessories.

It all begins with felt. In fact, Jessie started her art business with an intent to recycle the surplus of felt fabric scraps from her past creative projects. That was all that was needed to take off. Holding high expectations means she would not hesitate restarting a project all over again until she is satisfied with the outcome. She makes sure every piece is created with high precision, using the highest quality of materials to ensure its durability and versatility. 

"Exactly 0.4 centimeters. Yes, good to proceed." You would hear her muttering to herself as she sews and measures the gaps between the cotton embroidery stitches. It took her three years to master her novel techniques to construct her miniature felt sculptures. 'Felt Sew Glued' method is the term she coined, which is built on familiar crafting techniques, such as cutting, sewing, and gluing. No, they are not clay-sculpting or needle-felting. Imagine your 20-inch plush toy being shrunken 50 times. That's the size of her felt sculptures.

X.I mean the Roman numeral of '5'. Jessie's art-making process involves five stages: cutting felt pieces, sewing embroidery threads, gluing the pieces together, stuffing them with polyester fiber stuffings, and painting with the tip of a silk pin. She uses ultraviolet (UV) clear resin to glue the edges of the fabric together, which is 10 times longer than using fast-drying polyester resin glue because of the necessary curing process. At. Every. Step. That sounds painstaking and a little troublesome, doesn't it? "The edges will stay clear and not decolourise, that's why the time spent to lengthen their lifespan is definitely worthwhile."

Interestingly, her body of works does not exist solely in the physical realm. In her faux texture collections, she creates digital motifs with her Wacom Intuos pen tablet set. Her zealous obsession with felt is strongly reflected in the texture overlays of felt fabric, along with glitter and gold foil.

Not to forget, the crossroad of her handmade felt sculptures and her faux textured illustrations is where she amalgamates both techniques. Turning her physical creations into seamless pattern designs, she prints them on products for practical uses.

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