We are sad to report that Takayo Noda, longtime SAGA member passed away in May 2023. She was an accomplished collagist/paper manipulator, printmaker, painter, and author. Takayo attended Gakushuin University in Tokyo and moved to New York in 1961, where she studied at the Art Students League. She worked as a freelance writer for Woman’s Day Magazine from 1969 to 1972 and wrote and illustrated children’s books. She exhibited in both group and solo shows throughout the U.S. and her works have been included in collections worldwide.

“Nature is my inspiration.  The light of the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky and many other elements of nature trigger my imagination to create.  Most of my work is made using different types of collages.  One is multi-layered, dimensional, mixed media on handmade paper.  I add oil pastel and watercolor – making the colors bright and strong.  The other collage is less dimensional.  I use my intaglio prints to create this collage style, and most are black and white.” – Takayo Noda

Awards: Gold Medal of Honor, Graphics, Audubon Artists, NY; Silver Medal of Honor for Graphics, Audubon Artists, NY; First Prize for Graphics, Art Assn. of Harrisburg, PA; Krishna Reddy Award, Soc. of Amer. Graphic Artists, NY; Purchase Prize, Honolulu Acad. of Arts, HI; Gail Cohen Edelman Memorial Award; Society of American Graphic Artists fellowship

In addition to SAGA, she was also a member of: New York Artists Equity Assoc.; Authors Guild; Academy of American Poets; Allied Artists American, Inc.; National Association of Women Artists; Boston Printmakers; Audubon Artists; and the Lotos Club.