Picture: CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), Hong Kong
Get a sneak peek of Japan House London’s next exhibition MAKING NUNO: Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko with this online panel discussion bringing together the main protagonists behind its creation: Sudō Reiko, textile designer and member of the Japan Design Committee, Takahashi Mizuki, Executive Director and Chief Curator of CHAT (Hong Kong), and Saitō Seiichi, artistic director of the exhibition and Director of Panoramatiks.
Chaired by Simon Wright, Japan House London’s Programming Director, the discussion introduces the making of the exhibition and the themes it explores, such as sustainability of materials, regional manufacturing and the combination of Japanese craft traditions with new engineering techniques in the context of the wide variety of Sudō Reiko’s work.
There is an opportunity for registered guests to ask questions to the speakers during this live online event, which is conducted entirely in English.
The exhibition MAKING NUNO Japanese Textile Innovation from Sudō Reiko is due to open in the Japan House London Gallery on 17 May, UK government guidelines permitting.
About the Speakers
Sudō Reiko is the Design Director of leading textile design firm Nuno in Tokyo, Japan. Nuno is internationally known for interweaving craft techniques and aesthetics with new technologies. Experimenting with various materials from silk to metal, she has been focussing on the recycling and upcycling of textiles and the environmental effect of textile production. She has participated in numerous group shows worldwide and has been the focus of exhibitions in Japan, Iceland, the UK and the US, and her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery.
Takahashi Mizuki is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) in Hong Kong. She completed her MA in History of Art from both Waseda University, Tokyo and The School of Oriental and African Studies, London. After serving as a founding curatorial member at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo from 1999-2003, Takahashi worked as senior curator at Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito and realised numerous trans-disciplinary exhibitions addressing various artistic forms including manga, film, fashion, architecture, performance and contemporary art.
Saitō Seiichi is Panoramatiks Director (ex-Rhizomatiks Architecture). Born in Kanagawa in 1975, Saitō Seiichi began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the ArnellGroup, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. He has won numerous international awards since 2009. Launched Rhizomatiks Co.,Ltd. in 2006. Since 2016, he serves as director of Rhizomatiks Architecture. Vice Chairman of Good Design Award 2018-20. Creative Adviser of 2020 Dubai Expo Japan pavilion. An expert for the Peoples's Living Lab Promotion Council for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.
Bookings Essential; Admission Free
Bookings will close one hour before the event.
Please note this is an online event and will require you to participate using the video conferencing system Zoom.
The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn where a recording will be available following the event.