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Starman TrendSetters Design Team
Yumiko Watanabe Yumiko Watanabe
Term: 2013-2015

Yumiko Watanabe has always been active, and was an athletic tennis player during her undergraduate days and a swimming instructor for more than ten years after her marriage and post-delivery. While working as a swimming instructor, at a handicraft shop she discovered a bag charm made with Swarovski crystal beads, by which she found herself enjoying handicrafts and discovered the world of beadwork.  Having an inquiring mind cultivated through her experience in sports, she started exploring beadwork by learning all kinds of associated techniques and skills such as Japanese-style beadwork, silver crochet, bead color coordination, art clay silver, off-loom weaving, bead crochet, and wire jewelry techniques. Meanwhile, she won various prestigious prizes at Japanese major beadwork competitions in 2006 and 2008.

Yumiko loves art clay silver, in which she can create something out of nothing.  Accordingly, she became more fascinated by the beading process of weaving something into a sculptural shape from tiny beads.  She makes sculptural beadwork by increasing and decreasing stitches and utilizing a variety of bead sizes.  She makes every effort to refine her style of beading to express a sleek streamline and the dignity of metallic jewelry by using beads. As a member of the curriculum design committee, she has analyzed beading techniques from the viewpoint of learners and has thoroughly studied the basics of creativity. Her enthusiasm for learning has led to her huge collection of books and magazines about beadwork and jewelry. Beading plays an absolutely essential part in spicing up her life and has given her the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable and rich daily life.  She feels most fulfilled when she can come up with new collaborative techniques to express her creativity.

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