Kazz is an artist interested in social engagement design.
She is particularly interested in designing creative and interactive experiences that offer wider public access to learning and discoveries.
A Japanese-born American who now also holds a British nationality, Kazz is drawn to ideas on how we each define our culture, identity and individuality. She enjoys working with a diverse range of audiences including children and hard-to-reach communities. Underpinned by theoretical and applied research, Kazz uses design thinking approach to explore ways of engagement that are unique, involving and meaningful to our contemporary expectations and lifestyles.
She is inspired by collaborative initiatives that explore creative ways of addressing social and ethical concerns.
Currently, Kazz is developing her award-winning children’s heritage mapping project, ‘Go Walkeez!’. Walkeez! encourages children and families to actively seek and discover new interpretations on heritage using a specially designed Walkeez dog and an interactive app. Using the strengths of both the real world and digital experiences, Walkeez! places the importance of heritage as an integral part of informing our individual and shared values.
She received her MA in Communication Design from the Norwich University of the Arts and also works at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, an independent research institute affiliated with the University of East Anglia.
MA Communication Design (2015)
Norwich University of the Arts
MA Japanese Art History (2002)
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
BA Liberal Studies (Education) (2000)
California State University of Long Beach
Kazz loves to hear new thoughts and share interesting ideas. Feel free to drop her a line.
If it helps, she reads, writes and speaks Japanese too.