Mari Aoyama is Greek from her mother's side, and Japanese from her father's. Her childhood was spent in Tokyo, Cairo and Athens. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, and at Esmod in Tokyo.
"I have always lived between worlds; the East, the West and beyond. My artwork is a bridge which brings these worlds together. It is also a tool for self-exploration, it connects me with people, with life, it helps me express things I have no words for. I seek beauty, inspiration and moments of magic in everyday life. I believe in details and in the gentle and discrete power of natural materials, such as silk and hand made paper. I have a deep respect for craftsmanship; the endless hours, passion, dedication, integrity, care and love which is needed to create a single, hand made object of unique quality. An artisan is who I aspire to be."