Workshop: Made in Japan: Transforming Meaning Through Innovation

by - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Registration Opens June 22 at 10am.

2015 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop: Made in Japan: Transforming Meaning Through Innovation
Diana Sanderson

$75 includes 10 lab fee
September 14, - Class Limit 18
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

From WWII until the mid-seventies, “made in Japan” was synonymous with inexpensive mass production. That perception was dramatically shifted by people like Junichi Arai who re-articulated an approach to making that emphasized innovation, hand manipulation, and  high quality. The fabrics that emerged from this shift were used by a new generation of designers to catapult Japanese fashion onto the world stage.

Ann Sutton admired and collaborated with Arai for three decades. In the process she collected over two hundred pieces from swatches to scarves, shawls, and garments. Diana Sanderson acquired the collection in 2013 with the promise to make the collection available to textile artists and the broader public. With the endorsement of Junichi Arai and Reiko Sudo, Diana Sanderson, Darlene Ochotta, Carly Hulse, and Amanda Wood have been researching and documenting the textiles, amassing a wealth of technical material and background. During the salon they will share much of what they have learned.

Participants will spend the day immersing themselves in the history and culture of Junichi Arai and the Nuno Corp. Explore this collection with opportunities to touch and examine individual pieces.

Instructor Bio

Diana Sanderson has been owner of the Silk Weaving Studio for the last 29 years. She studied weaving with Ann Sutton in the early eighties and has been inspired by Junichi Arai ever since. Diana spearheads the collaboration between Maiwa and the Silk Weaving Studio. Multiple trips to Japan have deepened her knowledge, fascination, and understanding of contemporary Japanese textiles.

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