Born in Brazil in 1983, but deeply influenced by the Japanese culture of his parents, Kiyoshi graduated with a master’s from the Bergen Academy in 2013 and has already exhibited internationally and participated in Design Weeks in London, Helsinki and Milan. In spring this year, he was invited to design for the Vossa Jazz festival and to take part in Dimanche Rouge’s ‘Focus on Norway’ performance-art event in Paris. His textile works have recently been acquired by The Norwegian National Museum for Arts, Crafts and Design.
Inspired by a quote from the textile artist Anni Albers – “Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the material” – Yamamato’s collection of textile surfaces has been created on the principle of ‘listening to materials’. Woven from wool and silk in the small Norwegian village of Innvik, the textile series imbues Norwegian materials with Japanese simplicity and the easygoing rhythm of the bossa nova.