She is a Seattle-based artist, scholar, educator, and designer born in Kyoto, Japan. She teaches most of the Programs’ graphic design courses, the Design Foundation and Senior Synthesis courses. Through her unique approach to design studio pedagogy, she educates the whole person. Students learn not only the skills needed by design professionals, but they also put their skills to use through service-learning projects educate and raise awareness in the community in general.
Kasumi was educated in music beginning at age five; as a young adult she was an elite professional cross-country ski racer; and in the U.S. she certified as a PADI SCUBA dive master. Her involvement in outdoor sports has given her a deep connection to nature. Her profound appreciation for the natural world is visible in her artistic perspective and revealed in her installation art. Her work has been exhibited across the globe.
I’m a Lecturer in the Design Program at Seattle University. I’ve been part of the program here at SU for five years now. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from this very program way back in 2009. In my professional life, I've done design work for online stores, small businesses, non-profits, freelance work, and self-driven art projects. I’m proud to be part of the program here at SU.
Seattle is my home. I grew up in Ballard, a neighborhood hood in north Seattle, but have now lived on Capitol Hill, just around the corner from SU, for the past 15 years. I love exploring the city on my bike and walking down streets I've never explored.
One of my biggest passions in life is dodgeball. I am the president of Dodgeball Seattle, a nonprofit dodgeball organization. I am also the head coach of the USA Men’s Dodgeball team. Whether its art / design / or dodgeball, I believe in creating a regular practice and developing your craft over time. Every project or game is an opportunity to learn something about your self, your work, and the world around you.