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Contemporary artists' responses to Japanese traditions

University of Brighton
12 October 2007 00:00

This one day event has been planned to coincide with the STITCHING FOR SURVIVAL exhibition at the University of Brighton Gallery (29 September -31 October, featuring the work of Michele Walker. The textile installations in her exhibition explore the cultural significance and tradition of Japanese sashiko (stitched) work wear that afforded both physical and spiritual protection to the wearer.  It also coincides with the INDIGO: A BLUE TO DYE FOR exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (29 September 2007 – 6 January 2008).  

This multidisciplinary symposium will focus on dress and textiles but will also explore other aspects of contemporary artistic and cultural production and their relationship with Japanese traditions.  



Michele Walker, textile artist, who will discuss her recent textile installations made in response to her first hand research into sashiko, as displayed in the University of Brighton Gallery

Jennifer Harris (The Whitworth Art Gallery), Curator of the Indigo exhibition, who will make connections between the two exhibitions Stitching for Survival and Indigo;

Dr Jane Harris (Senior Research Fellow, Central St Martins), whose research combines both historical dress and video work, will make a presentation of her research including its Japanese inflections

Professor Sarah Chaplin (Kingston University), researcher, writer on Japanese culture and architecture and author of Japanese Love Hotels: A Cultural History will be talking on Marking time, making marks: contemporary interventions and Japanese traditional architecture
Professor Fran Lloyd, curator, researcher and author of Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art will explore contemporary Japanese art and its cultural location

Dr Catherine Harper (University of Brighton), researcher and writer on textiles, will make a short ‘provocation’, a tiny patched work, in which she will critically, creatively, subjectively and idiosyncratically stitch together fragments and scraps of what she sees in Japanese textiles.  

Tickets: £35 (£18 concessions) including tea and coffee.

Further details from: Centre for Research & Development (Arts & Architecture), University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

Contact Telephone:
01273 643495

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