"I have always lived between worlds; the East, the West and beyond. My artwork is a bridge which brings these worlds together. It is a tool for self-exploration, it connects me with people, with life, it helps me express things I have no words for. I seek beauty, inspiration and moments of magic in everyday life. I believe in the power of details and find pleasure in working with colors and gentle materials, such as silk and hand made paper. I have a deep respect for craftsmanship; the dedication, passion and love which are needed to create a single, hand made object of unique quality. An artisan is what I aspire to be."

Mari Aoyama is Greek from her mother’s side and Japanese form her father’s. Her childhood was spent between Tokyo, Cairo and Athens. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, and at Esmod Japon in Tokyo. She started her career in London.

I like to express my inspirations in various ways - embroidery, painting, sculpting, sewing, collages - with materials that I have collected from different parts of the world over the years, which include rare beads, handmade paper, exquisite silk, ribbons etc.