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Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers

Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art (MOCFA) in San Francisco is a traveling exhibition showcasing the dynamic field of Japanese fiber art. Co-organized by the Japan Society (New York), Tama Art University (Tokyo) and the International Textile Network Japan, “this exhibition explores a new art that is emerging from a remarkable fusion of Japanese artisanal and industrial textile making. Coaxed from materials as age-old as hemp and newly developed as microfilaments, a varied array of works by artists from multiple generations are on view in this important two-part exhibition.”

Continuing onto its second act running October 13 through December 29, 2012, Fiber Futures brings together the works of 30 contemporary Japanese textile artists who are active at the cutting edge of the global fiber-art movement, transforming fabrics into sculptures, pictures, emulations of nature, or even abstract meditations on memory and identity. Materials range from silk, cotton, recycled cocoons, antique paper scraps, jute, and hemp to stainless-steel wire and weaving and dyeing technology.

“The works themselves spring from virtuosic technical know-how, then develop and blossom based on the nature of the fabric itself — be it silk, wire, recycled polyurethane, or rayon. A lesson in sustainability, artistic enterprise, and resilience in response to the future, this exhibition offers something for every aesthetic bent: as you wander the gallery, get ready for a mesmerizing mesh of themes and materials both new and old, from stainless steel filament spun into glittering boulders to pure cotton waffle-weave moulded into dollops resembling either meringues or sperm.” Link, Link

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Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers
Fiber Futures x1 (July 20 – October 6, 2012) color-intensive chapter
Fiber Futures x2 (October 13 – December 29, 2012) achromatic chapter
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane San Francisco, CA

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