OFF-SITE EVENT Overlapping Traditions: The Textiles of Finland & Japan

January 22, 2004
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Weaving, knotting, dyeing, embroidery and screen-printing are just a few of the ways that artists and designers have chosen to work with textiles. The versatility and inherent possibilities of the medium have inspired diverse and distinct traditions in numerous cultures, from Finnish ryijy rugs to the Japanese resist dyeing known as shibori. Textile scholar and artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Maria Tulokas, Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design, trace the history, practice and design of Japanese and Finnish textiles, respectively. Elements in the textile traditions of both Finland and Japan are highlighted, especially the importance of materials, a reverence for nature and a sense of playfulness.

Matilda McQuaid, Exhibitions Curator and Head of the Department of Textiles, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Tickets: $25; Japan Society members, senior & students $17.

Held at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York City.

For further information about this program and to register, please call (212) 501-3011 or e-mail: [email protected].

  • Thursday, January 22, 2004
  • 6:00 pm