meet the artist

Michio, a mixed Asian American sits smiling surrounded by lilac flowers. They have a pale complex, glasses, and short pink hair. They are wearing a pastel purple knit sweater with mini yarn skein earrings.

Michio Kobayashi

I am a multidisciplinary artist primarily focused in bookbinding as a foundation for showcasing my background in leatherwork, printmaking, watercolor, and fiber and textile arts. My work is largely influenced by my experiences as a disabled, trans, and queer person of the Japanese and Korean diasporas.

Michio, a mixed Asian American stands behind their booth at an event. They have a pale complex, glasses, and short faded pink hair. They are wearing vintage style white dress with a deer and plant print and pink accents and bow. They are also wearing a face mask and mini yarn skein earrings.

While much of my inspiration is derived from traditional Japanese folk art, symbolism, and seasonality, my love of nature also informs my studio practices and sustainability efforts.

While the process of creation often creates waste, I use as much of my scraps as possible in unique products such as my book earrings, projects made with my scrap papers, and handmade papers made with upcycled materials. I am also in the process of creating and using natural dyes and ink into my creations.