First Friday: Japanese Textiles

First Friday: Japanese Textiles

Friday, October 5, 2018

Join the International Quilt Study Center & Museum for free admission to the galleries from 4-7 p.m. as part of Lincoln's First Friday Artwalk. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., we will offer lectures on Japanese textiles by Teresa Duryea Wong and Yoshiko Wada.

Teresa Duryea Wong is the author of four books on quilt history, Japanese quilts and American cotton. "American Cotton: Farm to Quilt" will be published in 2019. She travels to Japan often for research and has published two books on Japanese textiles. She travels the U.S. to lecture and has been a guest speaker nationwide. She will present on Japanese maker Yoshiko Jinzenji, a subject of her book "Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters." Her book tells the history of 40 years of quilt making in Japan and how the idea of the quilt was originally imported from America. The book also introduces dozens of talented quilt artists—former painters, graphic artists, seamstresses and homemakers who have made professional careers in quilting—along with antique American quilts and early Japanese quilts.

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, and author or co-author of reference books and essays on  shibori, kimono, boro, and contemporary textile art. She actively promotes sustainable practices in traditional textile craft, like natural dyeing and organic cotton and works to empower regional craft communities in Japan, China, India, and the US. She is president of the World Shibori Network and Adjunct Professor of the Institute of Textile & Clothing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2010 Yoshiko was declared a “Distinguished Craft Educator–Master of Medium” by the Smithsonian Institution and in 2016 was honored with an award for lifetime achievement in the field of textile art from the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. She has translated three publications by Drs. Torimaru on Miao textile in China from Japanese to English and co-produced several DVDs on Natural Dyeing with Michel Garcia.