Sachiko Kotako

Sachiko is a multimedia artist currently living in Lismore NSW. For many years Sachiko has practiced and exhibited in many mediums including: drawing, painting, collage, installation arts, performance arts, and short films.  Sachiko’s first felt solo exhibition “Textile Tactile” (installation) was shown in Lismore Regional Gallery in 2005 and another solo exhibition “Tactile Exploration” at Timeless Textiles Gallery in 2016. Sachiko’s current passions are origami and feltmaking - exploring origami techniques and evolving the designs to be more suitable for feltmaking.

For many years Sachiko worked with Polly Stirling, an international feltmaker and teacher, together they were involved in developing “nuno-felt”. Since then, Sachiko has developed felt techniques, such as “calamari-felt”, “wild-turkey’s-nest-felt”, “orikiri-felt” (cut and folded felt), and “weft-felt”. Teaching feltmaking workshops throughout Australia and USA has become a part of her art practice.  Sachiko likes to be innovative - always seeking inspirations or happy accidents - and her felt works are playful, complex and unexpected.

Sachiko completed visual arts at University (BA painting major) and has had articles published in magazines and felt journals in Australia, UK and Germany.  In addition, her name, techniques and photographs have been mentioned in many textiles and felt books.