Thursday, March 13, 2014

Artist Spotlight : Keiko Kuroishi

Japanese based artist Keiko Kuroishi has created a name for herself with her innovative take on a traditional technique.  Her signature silk textiles are delicate and organic, but create a whole new dimension when unfolded, exposing a geometric feat.  Her work has been honored and admired, but is also just plain wearable.

See how she got where she is today, from her break into the design industry to her thoughts on current trends- our spotlight shines on Keiko Kuroishi.

How did you get into this business?

Since my childhood, I have been making something by hand. I have enjoyed making paper flowers, doll dresses, sweets, and Origami.  I have also been interested in Western culture, especially Paris. I chose my junior and senior high school as I had fallen in love with that Vories architecture. I have been conscious of both Western and Japanese culture. I decided to be a designer and expected to work worldwide.
I started my career for the product planning in the apparel industry in Tokyo. I became strongly interested in fabric colors and patterns, which brought me to Paris. After completing studies in textile designs, I made my debut as a designer in the British scarf collection in 1995. In particular, my works have been highly acclaimed through the masterful utilization of the pride precision techniques from Japan. Through the detailed cut works and delicate color gradation through dyeing, I have created an original outlook with high quality designs. My masterpiece, "TANABATA", which is crafted from a single silk fabric applying the intricate net design inspired from the origami ornament for the traditional star festival, Tanabata, is a long selling piece.

Describe a typical work day.

In my atelier, I put on the pinboard, materials what I am interested, as well as photos and swatches. When I find the beautiful things in the nature, I take photos. They are the source of the next design and colors.  I use the computer to make the artwork for the printing.  I look for the best colors for the gradation and printing from the silk cuttings of my previous works and from the color cards. Then I make the instruction sheet for the factory.  I see the buyers to present the collection samples. Usually, they choose some models as they are, but sometimes I discuss with them to develop their own design.  There are also works for calculation of prices and materials, taking photos of the samples and writing for the website. So my work is not the same everyday.

What is your favorite trend of 2014?

Multicolor as aurora, metallic color, transparent.

What do you do when you're not working?

I visit museums and galleries by bicycle. It can be an exercise by looking the sight of Tokyo. I like film also. Being moved by beautiful and curious things will be nourishment for my mind. I stimulate my five senses. Usually I do Yoga in the morning to start a happy day!

What is your favorite piece from the Art Institute of Chicago?

Unfortunately I have not visited Chicago yet, but I like the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, especially Ballet Skirt or Electric Light. I like the art in the 1920s, so I am interested in Paul Klee’s pieces also. I would love to visit the museum!

Thank you Keiko!  Click here* to see all of Keiko's items currently for sale.

*Our apologies for the missing link!

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