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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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174 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 an accounting degree hardly seems as if it's the best career preparation for a costume designer. Nonetheless, elite competi- tive skaters, gymnasts, and ballet dancers seek out Wellesley resident Yumi Barnett-Nakamura to create custom outfits that highlight their artistry and withstand the physical demands of their sport. Perhaps it was Yumi's education in finance that caused her to cringe at the $350 price tag for what she calls "a bathing suit with rhine- stones" that she begrudgingly bought for her daughter Amy to wear at her first skating com- petition. To make matters worse, five other girls at the event wore the exact same over-priced jewel-encrusted leotard, and Amy didn't want to take off her sweater as she took to the ice. Motherly love to home business For her daughter's next competition, Yumi shunned the stores and instead handcrafted a one-of-a-kind skating outfit. Mothers and coaches alike admired Amy's unique costume and inquired where Yumi had purchased it. Yumi's answer launched her on a career path that started with a home-based business creat- studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination Costume Designer Yumi Barnett-Nakamura Blending precision performance and emotive artistry E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer artist profile

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