Akiko Sugiyama Carlson was born in northern Japan. She majored in Oil Painting at Joshi bijutsu Daigaku (Women's College of Fine Art) in Tokyo. She moved to the Sunshine state in 1974.
She discovered the possibilities of textured paper after she crumpled up a failed drawing and noticed the beauty of its 3-D quality as the sunlight fell on it. This eventually led her to the 3-D mixed-media paper forms she is known for today.
Akiko has shown her work at universities, museums and galleries in the US, and has received top awards from shows such as the Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Expo, Washington Craft Show and Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.
Akiko also taught children workshops at the Deland Museum of Art (now Museum of Art Deland) and instructed adults in Sumi-e ink drawing.
She lives and works in Ormond Beach.