Michiyo Shinohara (a.k.a. Shino) was born in Japan. She majored in fashion design and handicraft at Bunka Fashion College, an art collage in Japan known for producing many prize winners in the Japanese fashion industry.
Deeply interested in creating women’s accessories, Shino was fascinating that the things which have the same shape would make different impressions by changing materials. After graduation, she started as an accessory designer at one of the major wholesale companies.
A few years later, she got a golden opportunity to become an instructor at her alma mater, Bunka Fashion College. She worked there for eight years. This opportunity allowed her to widen her experience in the fashion industry. Shino moved to the United States 3 years ago, and discovered “Weaving” at NYC. Weaving became her lifework. The fascination of her works is the novelty of combinations, which are made with various materials and colors. Black and white or steel and water become all one in harmony. Shino says, “When I’m doing the works it is the greatest moment in my lifetime, which always makes me feel like supreme joy.”