Shimura Fukumi Exhibition
1 December (Tue) to 25 (Fri), 1998
Shimura Fukumi born in Shiga prefecture in 1924 spent long years mastering the crafts of dyeing using natural plant pigments and hand-spinning silk pongees. Also trained in lacquer craft by Kuroda Tatsuaki, and in pottery by Tomimoto Kenkichi, she began pursuing new possibilities in pongee weaving, and through spinning out precise works imbued with her own inner feelings succeeded in bringing new dimensions to the world of textile crafting. In 1990 she was recognized as an “Important Intangible Cultural Property” (“living national treasure”) for her silk pongee weaving technique, and remains active as one of today's leading modern textile artists.
This exhibition featured ten works that Shimura had submitted to the Shiseido-sponsored Exhibition of Modern Industrial Arts, as well as portraits of the artist herself and pictures of her work by photographer Inoue Takao, an interview panel, and other displays introducing her world of silk pongee weaving.