November 26, 2021

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Rafael Esquer

CATEGORY

Japanese Artist Rima Day Paints with Needles and Red Threads

Rima Day is a Japanese artist who lived in Tokyo and New York City before settling in Tennessee. With a background in fashion design and fiber arts, Rima creates beautifully crafted works using red threads on books made of translucent pages. The result is a stunning body of work that …

Rima Day is a Japanese artist who lived in Tokyo and New York City before settling in Tennessee. With a background in fashion design and fiber arts, Rima creates beautifully crafted works using red threads on books made of translucent pages. The result is a stunning body of work that evokes patterns found in nature like roots and branches and the human body’s blood vessels.

Her color palette is mainly made of white and red. Red is a very symbolic color in Japanese culture; a color that makes her feel more connected to the culture she was raised on. Instead of paint she uses threads and instead of brushes, she uses needles.

“A needle for me is like a pen for a writer.” She writes, “Every stitch I make is like a letter in the alphabet.” 

If you are in Tennessee, you can see her work at the Tennessee State Museum. To see more of Day’s work, visit her site or follow her Instagram account. Some of her work is for sale at Etsy.

All images ©2021 Rima Day