Part 2 of Penny Burnfield’s trip to Japan and some spectacular trees. Tokyo.
Penny Burnfield is a fellow member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and has a keen interest in gardens and gardening . Here she tells of her recent trip to Japan to help hang the 62 Group exhibition.
I’ve wanted to go to Japan for most of my life. One of the first gardening books I bought was “The Gardens of Japan” by Sima Eliofsen. I remember reading it from cover to cover. I longed to go and see these wonders for myself. So when an opportunity arose at the end of 2013, I took a deep breath and said “I’ll go”.
I belong to the 62 Group of Textile Artists and by dint of persistence and good fortune we were able to send an exhibition out to Tokyo. So the primary reason for the trip was to help our Japanese member, Atsuko Yamamoto, to “hang” the show.
Those people who visit art shows but have never been involved with their organisation, can have no idea how much it involves: unpacking – arranging a disparate selection of work into a harmonious whole – lugging moveable boards and display…
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In December 2013 The 62 Group of Textile Artists will be having an exciting exhibition at the Koyo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. I am delighted to say that ‘ A Grimsby Girl’s World Tour • Stopover Tokyo’ (Detail shown below) and ‘A Tea Party in Tokyo’ have been selected for this exhibition and will very soon be on their way sailing to Japan. My girls (and boys) seem to travel far and wide nowadays. Shame I can’t always go with them!
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This wonderful exhibition at Salts Mill in Yorkshire features some members of the 62 Group and is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
CLOTH & MEMORY (2) is a site-specific exhibition located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Salts Mill, Saltaire Yorkshire UK. The exhibition features 23 artists drawn from a UK and international cohort and runs from August 18th to November 3rd 2013.
LESLEY MILLAR: Cloth & Memory Creative Director
Professor of Textile Culture, University for the Creative Arts
UK: Jeanette Appleton – Caroline Bartlett – Hilary Bower – Maxine Bristow – Reece Clements –
Caren Garfen – Rachel Gray – Annie Harrison – Diana Harrison – Peta Jacobs – Philippa Lawrence – Hannah Leighton-Boyce – Celia Pym – Karina Thompson
Japan: Machiko Agano – Masae Bamba – Yasuko Fujino – Yoriko Murayama – Koji Takaki – Katsura Takasuka – Yoriko Yoneyama
Germany: Katharine Hinsberg
Norway: Kari Steihaug
The Cloth and Memory team are: Professor Lesley Millar UCA (Curator), June Hill (Project Co-ordinator), Jennifer Hallam (Project Advisor), Keiko Kawashima (Co-ordinator Japan)
There is an accompanying catalogue which I am definitely going to buy.