Mia Sakai

Mia Sakai

Photographer, Creative Director & Founder of Aether MagazineLondon, United Kingdom
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Mia Sakai

Mia Sakai

Photographer, Creative Director & Founder of Aether MagazineLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a London based Photographer , Creative Director and Founder of Aether Magazine. In 2015, I launched my independent publication Aether Magazine during my foundation at Camberwell College of Arts. Inspired by my peers, I was driven to create a platform for young creatives to showcase their work in print. Following this, Aether was given commendation by the Stack Magazine Awards in 2018 and went on to create 15 print issues. In July 2021, I collaborated with the Every Woman Biennial exhibition in Copeland Gallery to launch The Graduation Issue. This was Aether's special edition that celebrated all the work we that has been featured alongside new content. I currently independently curate, design and direct the production of Aether. In February 2022, I partnered up on behalf of Aether with Logitech for their POP event to celebrate the launch of their new POP mouse and keyboards. I displayed some of my favourite works from the magazine as a way to celebrate the 7th anniversary as a publication. Alongside this Aether also had a pop up shop in the space where visitors could purchase copies and merch. On the 17th of March, Aether will exhibit as part of the International Women's Month at the Creative Debuts x Adidas event. You can find more information on the event here: https://creativedebuts.co.uk/pages/adidas. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, I have hosted a series of online seminars for my fellow young creatives, sharing my experiences with my peers. Topics included starting your own magazine, creating without funding and sharing her experience the editorial process. In March 2021, I collaborated with Exeter University’s Roots Resistance Collective to host an online seminar about Aether Magazine. I will be continuing these talks from the 20th of March, starting with the new seminar 'Navigating the Creative Industry: Tips for Young Creatives. Tickets for this seminar are available to purchase here: https://the-dots.com/events/navigating-the-creative-industry-tips-for-young-creatives-9648 Alongside my work with Aether, I also work as a freelance photographer, creative director and content creator. One of my most recent collaborations was with the wonderful D&AD for the New Blood Awards, a competition giving young creatives an opportunity to break into the industry. In the summer of 2022, I will go on to complete my Masters in Fashion Photography London College of Fashion. You can see more of my work via my Instagram @miasakai95 and website www.mia-sakai.com.
Projects
  • Talk Navigating the Creative Industry: Tips for Young Creatives (Online Seminar) on March 20th!
    Talk Navigating the Creative Industry: Tips for Young Creatives (Online Seminar) on March 20th!Friends & connections! The Aether talk series is back in March and I've put together a really in-depth seminar for about navigating the creative industry for young creatives - please share this with anyone you think may be interested. You can find the link here: https://the-dots.com/events/navigating-the-creative-industry-tips-for-young-creatives-9648 This seminar will cover: - Tips on building your own platform or publication (if you are thinking about it) - How to build a strong concept for
  • Lamont Wear 'Denim Desirez' Campaign
    Lamont Wear 'Denim Desirez' CampaignPhotography Mia Sakai @miasakai95 Creative Direction: @10dollarz Make-up Artists: @afrolion @10dollarz Set Design @adeyumyum Styling: @calebthejuvenile @10dollarz Models: @blsngk_ @zack_channon @versarxhie @igbobabemary Brand: Lamont Wear @lamontwear
  • Facet x Aether Magazine #madewithfacet made by Mia Sakai @miasakai95
    Facet x Aether Magazine #madewithfacet made by Mia Sakai @miasakai95I was selected to participate in the launch of the wonderful new photo editing software, Facet. I used images from previous shoots to experiment with the app's features and create a series of creative edits using the software. Two of the pieces created (pictured) went on to be printed in the most recent issue of Aether, which was released in July 2021. Original photo creds: Photography and Creative Direction: Mia Sakai @miasakai95 Make-up Artist: Alice Dodds @alicedoddsmakeup Models: @wydmonet
  • Aether Magazine Issue 15: Love Transcends Bodies Chapter Two
    Aether Magazine Issue 15: Love Transcends Bodies Chapter TwoPhotography & Creative Direction Mia Sakai @miasakai95 Makeup @sofiaparadis Hair @abitofjaz @anoushkadanielle Assisted by @nqothecreator Models Charlize @barbiesclutter & Madeson Publication: Aether Magazine @aethermagazine
  • Aether Magazine: Making a Magazine (seminar series)
    Aether Magazine: Making a Magazine (seminar series)Seminar series hosted remotely to discuss topics surrounding the creative industry for young creatives. Dates are still available to book in January via www.mia-sakai.com/shop.
  • Aether Magazine Issue 15: Collaboration with Luke Neil - Editorial
    Aether Magazine Issue 15: Collaboration with Luke Neil - EditorialGarments made by Luke Neil @lukeeneill Photography @miasakai95 Make-up Artist: @abbeyrosen_mua Assisted by Joshua @nqothecreator Models: @k.golding & @9lizzies Publication: Aether Magazine
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Projects credited in
  • Cover shoot for Aether
    Cover shoot for AetherA pair of digitally printed trousers from my graduate collection used for the cover of Aether Magazine and editorial with Grrey.
  • Belinda's Request - TRAILER - OFFICIAL
    Belinda's Request - TRAILER - OFFICIALCheck out our new short film - made during the mademic that is COVID we somehow pulled off this short film with a great team of people !
  • Just finished our short film ' Belinda's Request ' Submitted to the 2021 Sundance film Festival !!
    Just finished our short film ' Belinda's Request ' Submitted to the 2021 Sundance film Festival !!If a man loves a woman he should give her his heart .. Belinda will take it anyway .
  • Masterpeace for Aether Magazine issue 14
    Masterpeace for Aether Magazine issue 14UK rapper Masterpeace styled by me for Aether Magazine. Photographed by Mia Sakai. Assisted by Kurtis Lincoln.
  • Rada For Aether Magazine issue 14
    Rada For Aether Magazine issue 14Stylist for Singer/Songwriter Rada McNally Aether Magazine music editorial Styled by Myself Photographed by Mia Sakai MUA by Aoife Cullen
  • Stack Awards 2018
    Stack Awards 2018Celebrating the best of independent publishing
Work history
    Aether Magazine logo
    Aether Magazine logo
    Editor in ChiefAether Magazine
    London, United KingdomFreelance
Skills
  • Creative Art Direction
  • 35mm Film Photography
  • Analogue and Digital Photography
  • Creating Moodboards
  • Creative Consultancy
  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • 120 Film
  • Writing
  • Presenting
Education
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    London College of Fashion, UAL logo
    MA Fashion PhotographyLondon College of Fashion, UAL
    London, United Kingdom
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Goldsmiths, University of London logo
    Fine Art and History of ArtGoldsmiths, University of London
     - London, United Kingdom
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