Textile Art Practice Now: Talk with Machiko Agano and Koji Takaki

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Japanese textile artists are renowned for creating dynamic and innovative artworks which combine their consummate understanding of the craft process, whilst constantly working towards new directions and new approaches. Their diverse range of work represents their unique artistic expression and continually pushes the boundaries and possibilities of their craft discipline. The proof of this reputation will be culminated in the exhibition Cloth & Memory {2}, where a total of seven textile artists from Japan will display their work responding to the exhibition’s environment; the former mill, the Salts Mill, Yorkshire.

In this special artist talk, the Japan Foundation welcome two of the seven participating acclaimed Japanese artists from the exhibition, Machiko Agano and Koji Takaki, to discuss their careers to date and creative processes behind their works. Striving to go beyond the parameters of their individual craft practices, they will present their artistic expression based on their refined craft skill, and how they are constantly evolving as artists. In a discussion to follow, the artists will be joined by Prof Lesley Millar, curator of Cloth & Memory {2} and professor of Textile Culture at UCA, and Japanese textile expert Keiko Kawashima, as well as British textile artist Matthew Harris, to explore the issues surrounding the development and contemporary practice of textile art in Japan and the UK, and how influential and inspiring the skills and aesthetics of Japanese textile art can be.

Date: 19 August 2013 from 6.30pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, London

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