World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations

Reiko Hara

Tokyo, JAPAN

Rei TEXTILES

hara@tbf.t-com.ne.jp

ABOUT

Reiko Hara is both a textile artist and flower artist. She is an observer and appreciator of nature: the balance it presents, its beauty, and the revolution of seasons. Fittingly, her work seeks to harmonize nature, material, and design. Reiko likes when her art surprises viewers or calms them; generally she aims to project positivity on those who see and experience her work.

Flowers and fabric are Reiko’s vehicle for enriching herself and her viewers with nature’s spirit. She sees poetry and parallels in the seasons of nature and one’s life: the fresh innocence of Spring; Summer’s active and youthful spirit; Autumn’s vigorous harvesting of life’s work; Winter, a time for quiet reflection and enlightenment. Through her flower artistry, she strives to capture a moment of life’s moving force. Her arrangements show an acceptance of the ephemeral, the poetic quality of plants — budding leaves, blooming flowers, all stages of seeding, flowering, withering and expiring. Reiko has an intuitive ability to respond to nature in a three-dimensional expression – be it flowers or textiles – without conforming or confining herself to a “style” or “form.” This is where her artistry excels.

光、風、雲、音

自然から触発された感覚を、繊維を素材として、目に見える形に再現したい。

彼女の表現は“いけばな”を続けてきたことからも、影響を受けている。植物を使っての立体構成とも言えるが、単なるフラワーアレンジメント、きれいな花で飾るだけではない。命あるもの、上へ伸び、成長しようとする意志を表現するものである。その季節、その場、与えられた植物や花(咲いている花だけでなく、実や、紅葉、枯れて朽ちていくものまで含む)を瞬間的にインスピレーションを得て作りあげる、インスタレーションとも言える。ただ形にするだけではない。生命のあるものは、見る人に、生きる希望、感動を伝える。

自然の中に見る人生・・・・春―若い初々しさ、夏―行動的な青年、秋―実りの壮年、冬―枯淡とした老年、人生それぞれの季の中にある美を現したいと願う。

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EXHIBITIONS

9th International Triennial of Mini-Textiles in ANGERS  2009

8th International Triennial of Mini-Textiles in ANGERS  2005 (pdf brochure)

7th International Shibori Symposium in France  2009

6th International Shibori Symposium in Tokyo  2006

5th International Shibori Symposium in Melbourne  2004

Exhibition at Bank ART in Yokohama  2004

SHIBORI NOW in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse  2002

Shibori Community in San Francisco  2001

Shibori Community in Kyoto 2000, Yokohama ’02, Fukuoka ’04, Nagoya ’06,

Tokyo  2000-2005

Japan Contemporary Arts and Craft  1999

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AFFILIATIONS

President, Rei TEXTILES

Director, Textile Design Association of Japan

Organizer, World Shibori Network

Textile Artist society in Tokyo

Hachioji Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Shibori Community