A TOUCH OF TOKYO: The University of California at Los Angeles’ Fowler Museum of Cultural History will showcase Japanese textiles in a new exhibition “Tradition and Innovation: Contemporary Textiles from the NUNO Studio, Tokyo,” which runs April 21 through July 28. Included in the installation are 25 to 30 textiles that were created using a variety of traditional and modern techniques. One of the highlights, Stainless Steel Gloss, was inspired by the splatter-plating techniques common to the automotive industry. To produce it, a polyester fabric was ironed mirror smooth and splatter-plated with powdered chrome, nickel and iron-alloy into a shiny stainless-steel finish. In Mercury, another key piece, aluminum foil was applied to silk with an acrylic resin while the copper wire used in telephone lines is woven into another piece, called Copper Scarab.
As part of the exhibition, visitors will be able to more closely examine the fabrics in a “please touch” area, which also features a video where the work of Reiko Sudo, NUNO Studio’s chief designer, as well as members of the studio will be shown. Lynn S. Gibor, the exhibition’s guest curator, noted that much of the exhibition is a combination of inspiration and technology. “The raw grittiness and the stunning beauty, the crass glitter and the unexpected charm of a curbside garden make the urban landscape of Tokyo a source of artistic inspiration,” she said. “NUNO’s textiles reflect not only these surroundings, but the advanced technologies and materials used to produce them.”