Textile at the edge of art – Japanese Cultural Center of Paris

10 June 2015


La Maison de la culture du Japon (The Japanese Cultural Center of Paris) currently highlights Japanese fiber artists until July 11, 2015 with Fiber Futures, Explorers of Textile Art in Japan. Thirty emerging or established artists explore fiber, yarn and textiles in all their forms. They design very personal artworks, which stand on the border of painting, sculpture and installation. Throughout the exhibition, visitors may approach the works and will often refrain themselves from touching them. One may notice the fragility and delicate quality of certain pieces in comparison with the compactness and rough feel of some others. The concepts of experimentation, distortion and up cycling of the materials are at the heart of this textile practice. This art of contrasts offers an infinite richness of universes, scales and textures.

Silk, cotton, washi paper, metallic yarn… Between natural materials and synthetic fibers, Japanese traditional processes and technical innovations, the diversity of the pieces illustrates in an inspiring way all the many forms that Fiber Art can take. The artists choose the textile fiber for its lively and sensitive dimension. Textiles become a field of all possibilities, evoking hybrid worlds simultaneously cellular, organic and natural.

Maison de la culture du Japon : 101 bis quai Branly, 75015 Paris. Tuesday-Saturday 12-7pm.

Magali An


Yasuko Iyanaga


Akio Hamatani


Hiroko Watanabe


Tetsuo Kusama


Jun’ichi Arai