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Botanical artistry contemporary Japan Exhibition

Junko Matsuda

1976 Born in Saitama, Japan

Lives and works in Japan

Currently working on project development for Kogin-sashi crafts.*

2010 Fellowship in Tsugaru Kogin-sashi under master Hisako Kamata

2000 BA in Textile Arts Tokyo University of the Arts

Workshop and Fellowship

2015 NHK Culture centre

2014-2015 Yomiuri NTV Culture centre

2013-2014 Newland Market, Saitama

2013 Hashimoto’s house, Saitama

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Tohoku earthquake disaster charity exhibition “Hana Uyreru”, Gallery Shin, Miyagi Prefecture

2012 Saposapo project, Tohoku earthquake disaster charity exhibition,

         Daikannyama Hillside Terrace Gallery

         “The Creation”, Tokyo University of the Arts

* Kogin-sashi is a needlework craft developed during mid-Edo period (around 1700) in Japan’s northeastern Tsugaru region, present-day Aomori Prefecture. As regional law prohibited farmers from wearing cotton clothes at that time, women turned to hemp (cultivatable in the region’s cold climate) as an alternative means to fashion farming clothes. Sashiko, a dense form of stitching, was used to reinforce the cloth and improve its heat-retaining ability. This stitching, used to form geometrical patterns on indigo-dyed hemp, is the basis of Kogin-sashi craftwork.

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