Takahashi Hiroko: Monday Artist Lecture

Event sponsored by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

Monday, February 13


As an artist with an academic background in the areas of Japanese traditional craft, dyeing, waving and other handicraft techniques, Takahashi has worked with numerous artisans and has raised traditional craftwork to a whole new level with the intricate geometric patterns that are unique to her work and are created from using only lines and circles. In this lecture, Takahashi will introduce some of those projects and discuss the behind-the-scenes aspects of her creative process such as how to communicate to a creative counterpart to overcome technical issues, obstacles, and challenges with her creative philosophy of “overturning fixed ideas and provoking new ways of thinking”.

Takahashi Hiroko is an artist active in many fields through the use of unique

patterns constructed out of only circles and straight lines. Born in 1977,

Takahashi attended Tokyo University of the Arts and has studied Japanese

traditional crafts, especially dyeing, weaving and traditional handicraft techniques,

going on to obtain a PhD. The works that symbolises her artistic philosophy,

“PORTRAIT,” is a series capturing in photographs the artist herself standing

firmly with her legs apart* clothed in her kimono. Along with the concept to

overturn fixed ideas and creating the trigger to think, the work represents

the position of facing and confronting the very essence of familiar things. At

present, her endeavours include using the kimono as an expressive medium,

being involved in production as well as manufacturing with factories and

craftspeople who practice traditional craft in various parts of Japan while also

presenting her artworks to viewers regardless of the grounds being domestic

to Japan or overseas. She also takes part in many collaborations with a range

of corporates and production districts; her expressive activities are diverse.