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Photo by Saori Ichikawa White 

Tomorrow Is Always New

Maki Teshima is a botanical dye textile artist.

Born and raised in Japan. She moved to the U.S. to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She studied botanical drawing, painting and printmaking at Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. She learned natural dyeing techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Textile Art Center, and private studios in Kyoto, Japan. In early 2021, she relocated to Denver, Colorado after living in New York City for 15 years. 

She actively organizes natural dyeing workshops to share her passion. Her workshops are conducted in unique venues like cafes, hair salons, flower shops, and compost sites, in addition to renowned institutions such as the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Read more about her journey in her blog

Tomorrow Is Always New

artworks are


Eco- Conscious 
The colors I use to dye with are all extracted from
trees, leaves, flowers, roots, and food waste. 
They all come from the Earth and go back to the Earth.
Just like us.
One of a Kind 
I hand dye, hand print and hand paint all artworks and products.
Each one of them are a unique piece of art.
Hemp/Cotton Blend Silver Fiber
Piedmont Fibershed in Durham, North Carolina generously gift to creators hemp/ cotton blend fibers as One Acre Exchange program. I dyed naturally and used them in new artworks, "Where are we from" series. 
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​Upcyle Project with Aloha Picnic
I collaborate with the designer, Akiko, from Aloha Picnic in Brooklyn to reuse my naturally dyed leftover fabrics into fun clothes and products. These products are sold at once a month craft market, 4th street makers market in East village, NYC.
Collaboration with Kachi Therapeutics
Julian & Kate McNamara
The couple create botanical fragrances in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. Julian is a compost master/ landscape designer as well. I collaborate with them to get food waste for dyeing. He also plants Japanese indigo at his compost site & at his private garden
Collaboration with Parachute Home
Parachute Home is a home goods brand, who makes premium quality modern home goods collections. I made a tutorial video of Natural Indigo dyeing using their cotton totebags.  

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