Exhibiting over 100 objects from the Karun Thakar Collection, the exhibition includes exquisite examples of ‘Boro’ and ‘sakiori’ textiles, washi and kin-tsugi or gin-tsugi pottery.
Boro (Japanese: ぼろ) is a class of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. Fashioned from worn clothing and ‘waste’ fabric to create ‘Boro’, the textile pieces have become very popular with collectors in Japan & throughout the world over the last 20 years. These pieces are often marketed as ‘abstract art’ in the Western context. They are in fact an important aspect of Japanese history and culture, showing the resilience and creativity shown by working people living in very harsh environment with very few resources.
To give insight into artistic recycling practices with textiles today, this event will include a talk from award-winning textile artist, Alice Burnhope, based at Cockpit Studios. Alice specialises in socially-engaged artwork, co-creating immersive installations and sculptural wearable art with the public to support their wellbeing and connection to nature. Alice’s practice is based in sustainable textile techniques, such as utilising waste materials, natural dyes and patchwork.
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