TITLE: Life in Interweaving Phases: The Art of Mitsuko Asakura
SPEAKER: Mitsuko Asakura
EVENT DATE: 03/12/2009
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 70 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
On the eve of the March 13 opening of her art exhibition at the American Institute of Architects Headquarters Gallery in Washington, D.C., Japanese tapestry artist Mitsuko Asakura discussed her work at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Born in Kyoto, Japan, Mitsuko Asakura studied in the Netherlands and Italy as a fellow of Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs. As an artisan in the textile arts of Japan, Asakura moved beyond the craft of dyeing to the art of tapestry weaving. She articulated her artistic vision in her book, "Listening to the Thread" (1994): "The structure of weaving is comparable to that of pointillism in painting. Colors never really mix together in textile, they keep their distinct colors and fresh transparency under light." Asakura's work can be found on display and in the collections of art museums and institutions around the world. She has received Merit Awards at the Kyoto Prefectural Arts and Crafts Exhibition, the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, the Japan Modern Arts and Craft Exhibition and the Kyoto Fine Arts Exhibition.