Aika Urata's Profile

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Although my studying back ground was interior and industrial design, I ended up to come back to my favorite thing - handicraft.

I moved from Japan to Finland in 2001 for studying in the University of Lapland, where I met Finnish traditional craft material - wool felt. A diversity of the material captured me deeply enough to determine my direction, and I founded Aika Felt Works in 2005 in Rovaniemi.

Wool felt is made of fiber of sheep, fulled with warm water and soap. Without any harmful materials, you can make a sheet of cloth by hand. As it is said that wool felt is the oldest cloth made by human being, it has long history and it's sustainable and ecological.

I like very much the moment when I put the first drop of water to wool fiber, and I still feel it's so magical that fiber becomes to a sheet of cloth…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 13
  • Joined September 15, 2009

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wool felt, industrial wool felt, leather

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About

Although my studying back ground was interior and industrial design, I ended up to come back to my favorite thing - handicraft.

I moved from Japan to Finland in 2001 for studying in the University of Lapland, where I met Finnish traditional craft material - wool felt. A diversity of the material captured me deeply enough to determine my direction, and I founded Aika Felt Works in 2005 in Rovaniemi.

Wool felt is made of fiber of sheep, fulled with warm water and soap. Without any harmful materials, you can make a sheet of cloth by hand. As it is said that wool felt is the oldest cloth made by human being, it has long history and it's sustainable and ecological.

I like very much the moment when I put the first drop of water to wool fiber, and I still feel it's so magical that fiber becomes to a sheet of cloth only by fulling. Working itself is laborious and takes time, but feeling in my hands is pleasing.

I also love machine made wool felt, called industrial felt. I use 3mm-thick natural felt for my products. Its smooth surface and sharp section after cutting are so fascinating. Sewing thick industrial felt is challenging :) but thanks to my powerful industrial sewing machine, I really enjoy working on it.

My attitude of design is to make functional products by learning the nature of the material. I believe I have a lot of influence from my homeland of Japan on my design and I would like to do so, even I live in Finland and use Finnish traditional material.

Read my design stories on my blog:
http://www.aikafeltworks.com/blog

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