Stitched Up! from Sashiko to Manga

Date: 30 June 2009 ~ 1 July 2009
Venue: The Japan Foundation, London Russell Square House 10-12 Russell Square London WC1B 5EH

To celebrate the first major museum exhibition of Sashiko textiles in the UK and the launch of the innovative book Manga Cross-Stitch, the Japan Foundation presents two very special events looking at textiles and needlework.
Sashiko is a traditional sewing technique of Japan, similar to quilting, and characterised by geometric patterns of white stitching on indigo coloured cloth. In this illustrative lecture, Textile Artist and Researcher, Michele Walker, will explore the significance and uniqueness of Sashiko textiles in a cultural and historical context, looking at the technical aspects of how they are produced, as well as their social bearing. At a critical time, when the last generation of traditional Japanese Sashiko makers and their skills are being lost, this is a very timely opportunity to find out more about this traditional craft, now classed as Mingei, and its very special place in Japanese heritage.
Distinguished Manga/Anime expert and author of the newly published book Manga Cross Stitch, Helen McCarthy, will present a unique event focusing on cross-stitch designs inspired by Manga and Anime, discussing how the graphic imagery of Manga and Anime can be interpreted in textiles. There will also be the opportunity for participants to create their own cross-stitch pieces with Helen’s guidance. This event is free to attend but there is a £3 fee to cover the cost of workshop materials, payment is by cash on the day.

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