japan’s newest textile artists

japan’s newest textile artists

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By Patricia Belyea

TOKYO JP  Take a look these remarkable textile works installed in the lobby of a swank Tokyo office tower. Some of the artists are also shown with their work.

These are the final projects of graduate students from Joshibi University of Art and Design with study concentrations in textiles.

In speaking with these young women artists, I learned they were thrilled to focus on weaving, chusen dyeing, yuzen dyeing, embroidery, textile printing, and more while in university.

What's next for them? Finding a job. This means abandoning their textile work and seeking a steady paycheck. A few may find work as a textile teacher but investing in the time, equipment and real estate needed to pursue their art is not likely. What a loss for Japan and all of us!

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