Momoca Usagi is a Berkeley-based artist. Her work ranges from sophisticated hair accessories, dresses, paintings, ceramics and paper art installation.
Momoca was born and raised in Japan and started sewing at the age of six, when she began designing dresses and accessories for her dolls. Later she majored in fashion design before moving to California to study fine art.
In 2000, Momoca opened a shop by the same name in Berkeley, CA, selling hats, clothing, bags, and accessories of her design. She has collaborated with other companies such as Adidas, Vidal Sassoon and Redbull.
She enjoys Japanese tea ceremony and Ikebana flower arrangement. She left Japan due to her fascination of western culture. Eventually she realized the beauty and depth of her own culture through tea ceremony in a whole new way after living outside of Japan for so long.
She feels traveling is like finding a new part of herself and her art works are inspired by her traveling to foreign countries. Living in two completely different countries, in Japan and USA, her mind is intricate and her traveling impacts her way of seeing things.
* FOG Design+Art at Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 2017
* Fandesckais, San Francisco, CA. 2006
* Anno Domini, San Jose, CA. 2002
* Stage Design for Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland CA 2017
* Paper Lemon Installation at Chez Panisse Restaurant, Berkeley CA 2017
* Paper Radish Installation at Chez Panisse Restaurant, Berkeley, CA 2016
* La Porte Peinte, Noyer Sur Serein, France 2016
* Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising San Francisco (FIDM)
* San Francisco Art Institute
* Best San Francisco Designer, 2006 by SF Weekly.
* Chic-est women's clothing store, 2005 by East Bay Express.
* Soma Magazine
* Seventeen Magazine
* San Francisco Examiner
* San Francisco Chronicle
* 7 x 7 Magazine
* East Bay Express
* Bridge USA
* Asian Weekly
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