JUNE – JULY 2018

 

The 11th International Shibori Symposium (11 ISS) spans three regions of Japan, connecting the contemporary art and fashion hub of Tōkyō, traditional shibori and design centers in Nagoya, and rural folk traditions in Yonezawa and Yamagata.

The symposium explores their shared legacies of craft and local industry:
紅花 • 藍 • 絞  – Safflower, Indigo, Shibori.

 

Topics

Local Industry

Local industries create foundations for the community and environment upon which we build textile practices. Emphasizing sustainability, regional history, and people and their skills, we showcase the enduring legacy of artisans and craftspeople who support traditions and inspire future generations.

Global Trade

Global economies and trade throughout history have heavily influenced the spread of craft practices, the development of taste and aesthetic, and the innovation of new techniques. We investigate how world regions have shaped each other's textile arts through trade.

Technology & tradition

The tension between technology and tradition has long influenced textile arts. We explore the ways in which evolving technology and textile traditions have interacted, from the development of the Chinese drawloom to Issey Miyake’s design of kinetic fashions to the creation of NASA's solar sails.

Material Transformation

A core identifier of shibori is the transformative process from 2D to 3D which leaves enduring “memories” on cloth. We emphasize the ways in which textile artists transform materials, through folding, fulling, dyeing, coating, stitching, and other creative methods – innovative, imaginative, artistic, and practical.


Programs

Exhibitions

Visit ten exhibitions specially organized by and for the International Shibori Symposium, plus excursions to museums in all three regions to view craft traditions and contemporary art.

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Sessions

Plenary sessions focus on how global and regional trade influences craft, from the spread of resist-dyeing techniques over the Silk Road to sashiko’s origin in the rag trade of the Japanese archipelago.

Workshops & Demonstrations

Enter the fields of Yamagata for early morning safflower gathering and process your harvest into beni-mochi dye cakes. Take focused half-day workshops with artisans in Arimatsu and Yonezawa in their family studios.

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Registration

 
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All registration packages include symposium registration, accommodations, transport between regions and venues, and some meals.

 

 

Pre-symposium Add-ons

Inland Sea & Kyōto Tour 21 June - 27 June

Kyōto Tour 21 June - 27 June

Arimatsu 1-Day Workshops 27 June

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Registration Packages

Full Symposium
Nagoya, Tōkyō, Yonezawa & Yamagata
27 June – 10 July

Nagoya *new*
27 June – 02 July

Nagoya + Tōkyō "First Half"
27 June – 04 July

Tōkyō + Yonezawa & Yamagata *new*
01 July – 10 July

Yonezawa & Yamagata "Second Half"
03 July – 10 July

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Add-ons

1/2-Day Workshop in Arimatsu
Nagoya
28 June & 29 June

Safflower Harvest
Yonezawa & Yamagata
7 July & 8 July

Short Workshop in Yamagata
Yonezawa & Yamagata
8 July

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Call For Entry


 

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