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“Having a family was an equally creative thing to do,” says artist Kiyomi Iwata. She shares her advice on how to create art while on the seesaw of children and career.

Kiyomi Iwata draws strength from undermining expectations. A creative force raised in an era in which Japanese women were encouraged to stick to social norms, Iwata followed her own path. She has created a portfolio of pieces that not only play with the boundaries between art and craft, but also reflect her meticulous attention to detail and a life balanced between two cultures.

Like many in Japan, Iwata’s family prized scholarship over creativity. “In Japan, it’s acceptable to pursue art if you come from a family with a history of artists, ” she explains. “I did not.” What she did possess was endless curiosity and a fierce urge to create.

  • Words:
    Rachel Gallaher
  • Photography:
    Robert Severi

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  • Words:
    Rachel Gallaher
  • Photography:
    Robert Severi
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