Lesley Millar MBE, Professor of Textile Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, curated this exhibition of contemporary textile artists from Japan and the UK to celebrate fifteen years of collaborative activity. The exhibition exemplifies the positive outcomes that can be achieved when peer groups from the two countries come together in a spirit of cooperation and exchange. To celebrate the artists who have provided the foundation for the continuous exchange of ideas between the textile communities in Japan and the UK, Lesley Millar organised an exhibition of miniature works from each of the artists, 51 in total, who have taken part in her various projects. The participants are drawn from a particular fifteen-year relationship developed over many projects, and this exhibition was the first time that their works were shown together. Those taking part represent some of the most important contemporary textile practitioners in Japan and the UK, alongside some of the most exciting emerging talent from the recent exhibitions. Such an exhibition highlights the work of the University for the Creative Arts in stimulating and promoting exchange between the UK and Japan.
A fully illustrated catalogue was produced in support of the exhibition.
Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK showcased all new works by 51 artists: Machiko Agano, Masae Bamba, Tetsuo Fujimoto, Shihoko Fukumoto, Asako Ishizaki, Harumi Isobe, Yuka Kawai, Michiko Kawarabayashi, Hideaki Kizaki, Naomi Kobayashi, Masakazu Kobayashi, Shigeo Kubota, Kyoko Kumai, Jun Mitsuhashi, Kyoko Nitta, Ai Matsumoto, Suzumi Noda, Shoko Nomura, Chika Ohgi, Kiyonori Shimada, Reiko Sudo, Koji Takaki, Yoshiko Tanabe, Chiyoko Tanaka, Masaaki Tate, Mitsuo Toyazaki, Kaori Umeda, Teruyoshi Yoshida, and Naoko Yoshimoto from Japan; and Anniken Amundsen, Jeanette Appleton, Claire Barber, Michael Brennand-Wood, Maxine Bristow, Nisha Chadha, Jenny Ford, Frances Geesin, Shelly Goldsmith, Diana Harrison, Philippa Lawrence, Sue Lawty, Lesley Mitchison, Liz Nilsson, Clyde Oliver, Tim Parry-Williams, Celia Pym, Freddie Robins, Kathleen Rogers, Michele Walker, Bob White, and Ealish Wilson.
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