Saturday, 15 October 2016

Indie creations: KAMIDO, following the paper path with Martina Sacchini for delicate origami and very personal handmade jewellery

I came across Martina one day by chance on Facebook, while jumping from one Italian handmade accessory page to another one, then I stopped and stepped into "her house", at KAMIDO, thanks to the wonder and familiarity I felt.
The name is Japanese, that’s what attracted me at first; there I was greeted by many photos of colorful origami, happy 
necklaces, and funny brooches.
I stayed there for a while, then I met Martina again on the net and we became blogging pals.

I couldn’t leave her without asking for an interview, so I had the pleasure to know KAMIDO the artisan and Martina, the girl, much better.
Let's take a matcha together and let me present her...

Indie creations: KAMIDO, origami and personal jewellery. Birth celebrative polyshrink handmade bracelet

How and when was "KAMIDO" born?
I can’t say exactly when KAMIDO was born because basically, it’s a project that has always belonged to me? Since I was a little girl, this “artistic vein” has grown up. The official initiation happened in August 2015, but I’ve been devoting the biggest part of my time working with paper some months before.
All has started from paper as my name can suggest. I’ve decided to call myself KAMIDO by joining two Japanese words, kami: paper and do: way, a road showing my physical and emotional path.
When this adventure started I haven’t clear in mind what I would do or where it would take me. All has started as a game, just for fun to see if what I was creating in my spare time could actually like to others.
I’ve been very lucky in my way since I met a true friend who took me under her protective wing, with whom I work on different projects and to which I won’t say “thank you” enough for all her advice and comprehension.

Could you tell us something about your background? Where are you from? 
I was born and raised in Rome, last year I graduated in Oriental languages and cultures, in Japanese language to be precise, then I’ve taken the qualification to teach Italian to foreign students. During these years of studies, I’ve always tried to reserve some creativity moments for me to clear my mind from thoughts and focalize me on something purely beautiful.
Japanese culture has brought me to the origami world, little masterpieces born from simple paper sheets, so delicate and ephemeral.
One has to take care while creating them and equal care to preserve them as anything with a real value.

What's your goal? 
My goal is trying to grow while at the same time keeping in mind what really matters in life. Thinking about what the future could be, scares me, so I’m dedicating myself in carrying on some work in progress projects, doing always my best.
I must thanks a lot of people, both the closest and the far ones, for all the beautiful things happening to me right now.
They’re just physically far because these people are supporting myself and they’re the first in believing in my capabilities and me.

origami and personal jewellery. Handmade painted wood necklace
 origami and personal jewellery. Origami cat bookmark
origami and personal jewellery. Handmade origami pinwheels
origami and personal jewellery. Handmade polyshrink adjustable rings

How do you imagine your typical customer? 
I imagine my typical customer as a young woman who appreciates the beauty of life, a woman with a sophisticated taste for fashion, someone to I can share my “creativity flashes”.
I speak to all those mothers who, may not have enough spare time but don’t renounce a great taste for accessories or home and party decorations.

What inspires you the most?
I find my inspiration in everything I see every single day, small things grabbing my attention and turning on a light bulb upon my head.
The journey starts spontaneously; I always say that there are some days when I feel “inspired” and able to do everything. These great days are almost always sunny days fortunately, the sun is always present in Rome.

Do you have an inspiring place, where do you create or sketch the product?
I create all my pieces on my heavy wooden table in my living room, with my leather couch observing me while I work, that’s the safer place where I let my fantasy running free.

Do you have a project for the near future?
In my next future, I plan to pursue my “creative” experience and continue with all my ongoing collaborations. I want to make my brooch, necklace and home decor shop, grow even more, keep studying and improving my skills in digital graphics and illustrations. 
But most of all, I want to continue writing and recording video tutorials and DIYs along with a group of people I’m finding out to be wonderful people as well as fabulous artists.

origami and personal jewellery. Handmade and customizable polyshrink logo brooch
origami and personal jewellery. Handmade polyshrink pirate brooch

Her fairy and delicate hands create small wonders that put me a smile, greeting cards shaped, not by chance, like kokeshi dolls, or colourful wooden and polymer clay necklaces.
In her creations, I feel the touch coming from the Rising Sun country, and it isn't just for the paper folding technique she loves... 
When I visit KAMIDO, I imagine myself catapulted in an orderly Japanese high school while doodling on a piece of paper, my classmate gently "steals" it and turns this "thrown away idea" into something wonderful.
Martina really turns dreams into reality, a wearable idea.

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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