About Yukiness -Wig designer/Maker

About

Background

‘Yukiness’ is the label of wig designer. Yukis wigs are beautiful works of art, made from unique materials, they pay homage to history and fantasy alike. Daring and ostentatious they make a real style satement and capture the imagination of all that see them…Yuki came to the UK as an export fashion buyer for her home country. She went on to study Jewellery and Silversmithing at London Metropolitan University. The course gave her freedom to design wearble object in diverse materials, where she developed an interest in wig making. Also inspired by her mother who was a hairdresser.

In 2008, Yuki learned the traditional wig making techniques and keep developing her own wig making. Yuki is passionate about the baroque French period for its drama and theatricality. Her creations use a variety of construction processes such as felt making and jewellery techniques. Her use of materials is innovative, unique to wig making and create an object of dramatic beauty.

The wigs have been used in theatre productions, operas, window displays (including a special Christmas window display for Selfridges London), on the catwalk (at London Fashion Week) and for corporate events (Creative Industries event held at Coutts bank London).

Yuki Saito CV

EDUCATION

2008 The Wig Academy
Wig making course
2001 – 2004 London Metropolitan University
BA(Hons) Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts
2001 – 1999 London Guildhall University
HND Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts
1999 – 1997 Kensington & Chelsea College
LOCFJewellery Introduction to Art and Design

AWARDS

2001 The Goldsmith Company for Jewellery

EXHIBITIONS

27 October 2009 Unique Arts Gallery
09 – 11 October 2009 ‘TILT' pop-up exhibition supported by ICA A-Frame and NESTA
11-15 August 2009 Duo exhibition ‘Wig your way to display' at Craft Central with Talya Design
31 July 2009 Assemblage exhibition at John Jones project space
31 May – 2 June 2009 Pulse Exhibition, London Collaboration with Hetty rose and Lupe Velazquez
4 - 5 December 2008 British Council in Japan (Osaka/Tokyo) by London Metropolitan University
19 March – 29 March 2008 Invited to ‘The millinery exhibition' hosted by Burjuman in Dubai
28 January - 03 February 2008 Collaboration with Korsetiere (fashion designer) at The Gallery, Craft Central
08 January – 2010 “Big world – powerful hair” Norway
(The exhibition has moved around to different schools, museums and libraries.)
21 July – 04 November 2007 Exhibited during 'France in Russia: Empress Josephine's Malmasion Collection' exhibition
at The Hermitage shop Somerset House
26 May - 02 June 2007 Duo exhibition with Lawlence Quigley(Painter) at Steyning Festival in Brighton.
15-17 December 2006 Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth
25 - 27 November 2006 The Study Gallery in Dorset
24 November 2006 - 8 April 2007 Exhibited during ‘The Triumph of Eros: Art and Seduction in 18th Century France'
at The Hermitage shop Somerset House
03 -15 October 2006 Exhibition ‘Origin' The London Craft Fair at Somerset House
28 June - 2 July 2006 Selected by Newdesigners for ‘Newdesignersonline' stand at New Designers Exhibition
17 March - 16 April 2006 Solo exhibition ‘Objects of dramatic beauty' at The Old Cinema in Chiswick
06 -10 July 2005 Selected by Craft Council for ‘One Year On' at New Designers Exhibition
at Business Design Center
July 2004 Selected by University for New Designers Exhibition at Business Design Centre
July 2001 Selected by University for New Designers Exhibition at Business Design Centre

SELECTED PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS

2010
3 December 2009 - 08 February  Installations, Zetter Hotel
2009
13-19 July   Window display collaboration with Hetty Rose at Craft Central
06-12 July Catwalk show at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
25 June Couture Party at 40WiNKS Hotel
2008
11 October   DIESEL 30 years anniversary event in Copenhagen
12 February Showcased in ‘Pink Drinks Party' as a part of London Fashion Week
at The Metropolitan Hotel in Park Lane
01 - 28 Febuary Valentine day window display
in The Window Gallery at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
2007
1 November   Creative Industry Event hosted by Coutts &Co and Fisher Meredith Solicitors
at Coutts Bank in Strand
22 September   Fashion show corraboration with Nicholas Immaculate (Costumier and Tailor)
at EGG Club, Kings Cross
18 September   London Fashion Week Catwalk show corroboration with Igo Rpacemski(lingerie designer)
at Club Crystal, Oxford Circus
10 May   Fashion Show corroboration with Couture Clubbing Company
at Sketch, Oxford Circus in London
26 April   Fashion Show corroboration with Couture Clubbing Company
at Kyzar Chic, Oxford Circus in London
21 March   London Alternative Fashion Week 2007 Catwalk
Corroboration with Melanie Palmer(fashion designer)
February   Valentine day window display at Coco De Mer shop, Covent Garden
2006
14 December   Opera 'Rosenkavalier' at The Arts Club in Mayfair
24 November   Opera 'Rosenkavalier' at The Study Gallery in Dorset
09 November - 25 December   09 November - 25 December
11-13 May Opera ‘Rosenkavalier' corroboration with theatre design course Central Saint Martins
final show at the Cochrane Theatre
2004
September – November The Melmoth Production 'Midsummer night's dream' (Wig Designer-Maker)

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2009 July DIY City magazine, London Issue, USA
2008 27 July Nikkei Newspaper Tabloid Magazine ‘inte tion’, Japan
April Trespass magazine, UK
“Photo Story” (6 pages)
March FYI Dubai magazine, Pan Arab
“Head-Turning Collection at Burjuman Millinery”
26 March Khaleej Times newspaper, UAE
“Hats On”
25 March Gulf News newspaper, UAE
“Cont. Get a Head Start”
20 March Al Bayan newspaper, UAE
“Beauty comes out of pretty woman’s imagination”
16 March Gulf News newspaper, UAE
“Head- Turning collections”
March Issue 57, Nobin Ctnnb (Rossian Life style magazine), Russia
“The pink drinks party London”
Febuary Mia magazine, Italy
“Un connubio d’amore”
Febuary Issue 32 Canary Wharf magazine, UK
“Yukiness and Hetty Rose”
Febuary np magazine, Italy (Front Cover)
“L’arte a S.Valentino e’ donna” (6 pages)
February Issue 7, Sublime magazine, UK, US, EU
“SWEET PAIR- Shoes and wigs for Valentine’s” (6 pages)
17 January Issue 472, The Wharf newspaper, UK
“First steps to heady heights” (2 pages)
January-March Issue, The Time Off (Canary Wharf Arts and Events)
“Yukiness and Hetty Rose”
2007  Jan/Feb/March Issue, The HAT magazine, UK
“Hats as wigs and wigs as hats!”
January Issue 9, BLOCK web magazine, UK/Japan
“Artists and Designers”
2006 November Issue 16 The Wessex MUSE Magazine, UK (Front Cover)
“Meet the makers live opera & fashion creative festive demonstrations decadent treats.”
13 October Brighton Argus Lite Newspaper, UK
“Hair-Raising”
April Issue 29, WestSide magazine, UK
“An exhibition of wickedly extravagant wig making “
2004 03 November Four stars Newspaper, UK
“Quality Shakes-queer’
01 November Theatreworld Magazine, UK
“Fresh, funny and fiercely recommended.”

Passion

"By using unconventional materials my work communicates a set of moral values not based around riches and high society but rather equality and love."

Yuki is passionate about the baroque French period for its drama and theatricality. Her creations use a variety of construction processes such as felt making and jewellery techniques. Her use of materials is innovative, unique to wig making and create an object of dramatic beauty.

YukinessYuki Saito