bio: I’m Kumi Middleton and based in Northants, UK. I have produced one-off handcrafted bags and corsages since 2005 after a career break (bringing up my family). I was trained as knitted textile designer.
My career after the art college includes working for fashion prediction company as well as producing one-off garment and length. Since I started family, however, I change the direction and decided to create something more accessible to wider audience.
My inspiration comes from nature around us and the nature of the materials I use. I create the fabric for my bags by dying, stitching, starching and embroidering. I use a range of materials, including genuine kimono fabric – I buy them in Japan at second-hand shops or kimono shops which sell remnants ,or sometimes make use of those inherited from my family.
I am committed to reducing the amount of waste in general and I am very careful when I produce my work. I am a strong believer of “art for everyone” hence the reasonable prices and the promotion of “handmade/crafted” products. I am an associate member of Design Factory (based in the East Midlands), and my work is also available at various galleries around the UK.