Big thanks to Suzuko Koseki, who agreed to be our Judge and agreed to tell a lot about herself.
Big thanks also to Yasuko Yubisui, who help me with organizing this interview (she translated our questions to Suzuko Koseki and wrote down all the answers; all photos presented in this post are a property of Suzuko Koseki).
Fabrics designed by you, your books and works are very popular outside Japan, but we still don't know a lot about you. Could you tell us a little bit more about yourself? (especially about your quilting adventure)
Suzuko Koseki: I have three children. When child care was great, I wanted to find one's time and began a quilt.
Three children grew up, and there was the grandchild, but a quilt made my life rich.
For the first glance your works presented in your books seem very modern (mainly because of fabric selection and the way you use them). But after taking a closer look we can notice its traditional designs (for example floral blocks) and use of traditional techniques (like applique). Are you a modern quilter or do you feel more bound with traditional quilting?
Suzuko Koseki: I love the traditional thing. I am not aware of my work being modern.
I like Europe and an American antique atmosphere than a modern thing of the contemporary art.
Fabrics designed by you are breathtaking and unique. The colors and color combinations are gorgeous. What inspires your fabric designs and your color choices?
Suzuko Koseki: All the life becomes the source of the design. A magazine and a poster, "wonderful" including the package of the product and the thing which thought are my ideas. In addition, an accessory and the book of the antique are one of the ideas, too.
Your fabric designs incorporate text and letters. You use English and French. Is there a special reason for choosing French and English text? Do you choose text for the meaning or for the way it looks?
Suzuko Koseki: I love English characters as a visual thing. I think that a letter is a very superior design.
Because I love France, I employ a lot of French recently.
We are also very interested in your process of working on fabric collections. How long you works on a collection? Do you design digitally or sketch out by hand?
Suzuko Koseki: I make the design of the fabric while doing fabric maker and talks of Japan. A fabric designer designs the thing which I gave an idea to. Size or the colors of the motif make arrangements many times, and one design is completed.
I produced fabric, and approximately ten years passed.
You present your fabrics, works and books on quilt shows in Japan. Do you plan to show it on quilt shows in USA or Europe?
Suzuko Koseki: Of course I want to appear to the magazine of other countries if there is an offer.
Fabrics designed by you are very hard to find outside Japan, but you've got a lot of faithful fans outside Japan (especially in USA, Europe and Australia). More US and European shops started importing your fabrics, but your fans still don't have easy access to it. Is there a chance that in future you will design a fabric collection for US based fabric manufacturer?
Suzuko Koseki: You can purchase the overseas one in WEB Shop of my HP "La Clochette", too.
But, English is not to cope, and foreign one may be hard to understand it. Give me an email by all means if I find favorite fabric.
You live in wonderful, but very far away country from a lot of your fans. In the past a group of quilters made for you a gift (Suzuko Koseki coasters). How the rest of your fans could thank you for all inspiration which you give us and for all your gorgeous fabrics and interesting books? Is there a good way to show you our appreciation?
Suzuko Koseki: I am very so glad of people except Japan liking my fabric and work. I am happy enough only with the feeling.