Ikuko Yanagida






※1 伸子:洗い張りや染色の時、布の両縁に刺し留めて弓形に張り、縮まないようにする道具
※2 張手:布の両端をはさんでひもで張る道具

Textile ArtistIkuko Yanagida

I am a textile artist who creates sculpture with natural cotton.
Recently I collaborated with performing artists and increased my activities as a stage and costume designer.

My work begins with pulling one thread from a warp of natural cotton cloth. Fabric is a very common material in our life. Many kinds of fabric are flooding the world and fabrics have established a global world themselves.

I was born and raised in Japan. I spent a lot of time with, not only the traditional Japanese kimono, but also all kinds of cloth. Those textiles have amazed me. The textile world has been leading me from local experience to a regional and global world.

I was always fascinated by the fabric beauty; I have used a process of deconstructing fabric and reconstructing against the usual way which it is weaved. Now I have attained advanced age, the fabric continues its beauty and makes me more fascinated and gives power to my life. When I pull one thread, my world is one dimension. After the thread is woven, the cloth becomes two dimensions; draping the human body, cloth becomes three dimensions. When I pull one thread, I invite people to a three dimensional world. I hope my work will share the beauty and connect people’s hearts.

I simply pluck and pull one thread at a time from cotton fabric. I put new expression into the cotton fabric. I give the finishing touch, to the fabric using traditional Japanese tools which are used for washing and drying Japanese Kimonos. These tools are called Shinshi*1 and Harite*2. My work relies on hanging fabric using these special tools. I sometimes use acrylic paint for coloring.
*1 Shinshi (Tenterhook):A stick made of Banboo. The stick has two tiny needles at the end of both sides. When fabric is dyed or dried, Shinshi’s needles stick out both ends of the fabric. The bamboo stick makes the fabric shape and makes it not shrink.
*2 Harite (Clothespin):A rectangular shape wood with tiny needles.
The pin holds both ends of the fabric and hangs it with a string.