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Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
Lecture at the Textile Museum of Canada

Creative Impulses: Japanese Fashion & Textiles
Wednesday, June 25, 2014TMC
Textiles Museum of Canada,
55 Centre Ave., Toronto

Since Japan's post-Industrial period, artistic craftsmanship and the use of "high tech" materials by Japanese fashion and textile designers have exhibited an imaginative approach to working with natural and synthetic materials, combining hand work with technology. In the early 1970s, the majority of those in Japan were exploring new forms of creative expression within a traditional context.

One notable aesthetic concern which is explored is material and texture. The concept of imprinting memory and movement on surfaces by shaping the cloth/canvas through various ways including traditional Japanese shibori techniques have created new exciting design and structure. Another important aspect of Japanese fashion designers' work is that of cut and construction of garments, a theme which will also be explored. By looking at various examples, we can contemplate the essential and universal aspects of the textile arts.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, renowned artist, author, curator, textile researcher, teacher and film producer has long been a proponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. Wada is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, and is the author of Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing (14th printing); Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now (5th printing). She is the President of the World Shibori Network and founder of the Slow Fiber Studio in California. www.yoshikowada.com.


Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada

Memory on Cloth: Dialogue with Material

This workshop is full
June 27 - 29, 10–4 daily
$330.00 + $50.00 materials fee
Maximum number of participants: 14

Inspired by Japanese folk textile "boro," meaning castaway rag, participants in this class will learn how to reinterpret material, process, content and as artists make work which speaks from their own place. The practice of imprinting memories on surfaces and creating texture on material through marking and shaping the cloth/canvas will reveal conventional and unconventional forces. Sashiko stitching, shibori, the use of indigo and other transformative techniques will be examples of an alternative creative process,with such metaphors as: darning=healing; meditative action=marking time; reuse/repair=recording history.

Participants are urged to bring their own recycled, used, stained scraps or moth eaten woolens to incorporate into their project. (Having one's own sewing machine will be beneficial.)