さかいみる プロフィール

香川県高松市仏生山に生まれる。1歳になる前に徳島県に引っ越し徳島市で育つ。

1999年に上京。絵本作家、画家として活動を始める。

2011年に夫の境修一郎と「絵本deえがお」を立ち上げ、毎年くろねこメチャくんの新作絵本を描きおろしている。

2015年からは5度ネパールへ渡航し”Metcha for Your Smile Nepal” の仲間と共にネパール語版のメチャくん絵本の制作や学校等で子供たちへの絵本の配布も行なっている。

現在、福岡県で修一郎と猫と暮らしながら、絵本制作、2年に1度のペースで個展を中心に作家活動を行なっている。メチャくんは遠賀信用金庫に起用され、その他に遠賀町のキャラクター「おんがっぴー」、病院、幼稚園等のキャラクターも手掛ける。2000年から2019年までに出版された絵本は11タイトル。

さかいみるの想い

子供の頃から絵を描くこと、お話を紡ぐことが大好き。
日々の中で小さな幸せや喜びを見つけることの大切さ、「いま、ここ」にある、かけがえのない日常の輝きの美しさを丁寧に作品の中で伝えてゆきたいです。
メチャくんたちが生きる湖畔の村では、生活する環境も大きさも色も得意なことも全く違う動物、虫、妖精、そして人が助けあって仲良く愛をもって暮らしています。
そんな絵本を子供の頃から見ていると、こういう世界が自然な状態なのだと心の奥深く、大人になっても心の中の大切にしまわれている子供の部分に残っていると思います。そしてそれは、その人をその人の環境を作ってゆくエッセンスになってゆくのだと感じています。
そういう子供たちが大人になったとき、世界はまたひとつ愛が大きくなると信じています。

Mil Sakai Profile

Picture Book Author, Artist.
Born in Tokushima Prefecture Japan.

In 1999 she came to Tokyo and started work as Picture Book Author and Artist. In 2011, She has started the project named “Ehon de Egao“ with her Husband. By this project she is newly making “Metcha the Black Cat” picture book series every year. By her supporters all over Japan and some other countries, she is providing these books by free to East Japan area, Kumamoto Prefecture, Northern Kyushu Island and Nepal where have been hit by big earth quake. Now the total amount has become 140,510 books.

She has been visiting Nepal 5 time since 2015, she has her local support group called “Metcha For Your Smile Nepal” and they are also providing her picture books to the local school kids. By now 19,000 books were given to the kids in Nepal.
Also “I Love You So Much” and “Thank You So Much” were published as part of “The archive of Miyagi prefecture of the Great East Japan Earthquake” project which is organized by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, they will be archived for 1,000 years.
Now she lives in Fukuoka Prefecture with her husband and cats,
Mainly making Picture book and personal exhibition, also making some mascot character for local Bank, Onga-Town and Hospital.

Mil Sakai’s Thought
I love painting and story making since I was a little girl.
Through my work, I’d like to thoughtfully express and pass the idea of importance of finding the precious little happiness in the daily life or show the loveliness and brilliance of irreplaceable ordinary days. At the village by the lake where Metcha and his friends live, Village’s residents are Animals, Bugs, Fairies and Human. Their body size, living environment, color, skills are totally different but they are helping each and living peacefully with love.
I think that person met this kind of book in their childhood, the concept goes deep in their mind and accept it as very natural thing then it stays last long in their child sate of mind even when they grow up. That will come out as the essence when they make their own environment.I totally believe that when such kids become adult, the “LOVE” in the world get bigger.

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