Fuyuko was born and grew up in Sapporo, northern Japan. She moved to Tokyo for the purpose of studying at Musashino Art University, where she received a BA in Industrial and Craft Design, a MA in Product Design. After working as an interior designer and a professional artist, she came to the United States in order to study further at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan where she received a MFA in Fiber Art in 1984.
Fuyuko’s main medium is pictorial weaving which involves complex methods of dyeing and re-weaving. It is internationally recognized along with her other worldly spiritual imagery and received many awards. She also works on silk painting and is working on the theme of “Light of Seeds,” expressing energy of growth. In her most recent series are entitled “Lightscape” and “Blossoms of Light”, she depicts the positive quality of light.
She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums. She has received Individual Artist Grants twice from New York Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Hand Weavers Guild of America Award, and the First Prize in “Fiberart International”. She served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Senior Restorer and taught fiber and textile art courses in numerous institutions such as Syracuse University, University of North Texas, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She recently retired from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Now she is enjoying her free time producing art work, raising plants and animals, watching nature, and visiting botanical gardens, galleries, and museums.
Juliane Gorman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textiles. Afterwards, she took millinery classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. However, like many graduates, her interests hibernated while she pursued jobs and family.
A few years ago, she serendipitously saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. Looking for a DIY book on the topic, she instead found one devoted to felted hats. This discovery was her eureka moment: finding a craft which combined her love of colorful fiber, with her passion for hats.
Now energized, Juliane creates ArtHats that are comfortable, flattering, and with a touch of whimsy. Her work is sold under the FeltHappiness label and is exhibited locally and internationally, with hats in private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America.