Yoshimi Kihara

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address: 18 Woodriffe Rd, London E11 1AH
date of birth: 1952, Hyogo prefecture
education & training 1971-73 Kyoto Prefecture University, Junior college, Textile and Clothing
1973-76 Kazuko Ichida Knitting School, Kyoto
1976 Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto
exhibitions: 1980 Tomlinson & Tomlinson, London (solo exhibition)
1981 Craftwork Gallery, London (solo exhibition)
1982 'Makers '83', British Crafts Centre, London
1983 'Knitwear Review', British Crafts Centre, London and touring
1983 'Knitting Two Together', Industrial Museum, Bradford
1986 'Masquerade', Osaka and Tokyo, Japan
1989 'Knitting', Rufford Crafts Centre
1989 'Colour ways' at Hove Museum, Brighton, Susex 
1990 'Silk', Gainsborough House
1990 'Fushiginoiroito' (solo exhibition):
     Gallery Muu in Kyoto 
     Gallery Cepo in Tokyo 
     Tokyo Textile Institute in Tokyo 
1991 'Fushiginoiroito' (solo exhibition)
     Gallery Muu in Kyoto
     Gallery Senbikiya in Tokyo 

1992 'Two Knit Creators' : Susie Freeman & Yoshimi Kihara :
     Gallery Yukobo at Takashimaya department store, Tokyo, Japan
1992 'Lancaster Street W11- Four Knit Creators'
     Gallery Genius' at the Daimaru department store, Kobe. 
     (coordinated by 'Gallery  Muu', Kyoto)
permanent collections: 1983 Bradford Industrial Museum
1987 Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
1992 Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan
sales outlets: 1978-92 through exhibitions, selected shops and department stores in London and the USA, Canada, and Japan: 
(Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Henry Bendle, Harvey Nichols, etc)
Chelsea Craft Fair.
membership of professional organisations: 1981-96 Crafts Council Index Member
additional work experience: 

1984- Freelance writer for a variety of Japanese Knitting and Textile Magazines:
     Nihon Vogue Co. Ltd
     Sensyoku to Seikatu Co. Ltd 
     Jim Co. Ltd
     Tokyo Textile Institute, etc.
1987- Freelance Knitwear Designer, Hamanaka Co, Ltd, Japan
1992 Knitwear Design and Knitting Kits, Puppy Co, Ltd, Japan
1986-94 Freelance coordinator and designer of 'Hokkaido Sweaters' for a community program run by Shibetu council, Hokkaido ,Japan 
1996 Translation into Japanese: 'Patchwork Fork Art' by Janet Bolton, published under license by Nihon Vogue Co. Ltd in Japan 

publications: Articles that introduced of my work:

1980 - Articles in numerous Japanese magazines and newspapers
Crafts magazines and knitting books in the UK 
'Threads' magazine in the USA 

Articles written by me:

1983 - 'Senshoku Alpha' - Sensyoku to Seikatu Co. Ltd, Kyoto
'Creators I & II' - Nihon Vogue Co. Ltd 
'Arts & Crafts'- Tokyo Textile Institute, and others in Japan.
other activities:

Coordinated and liased with the organisers of various exhibitions in Japan that introduced the work of British Knitters:

'Masquerade' ,1986 
'Two Knit creators' ,1992 
'Lancaster Street W11' 1996
'Fushiginoiroito' at 'The Knitting & Stitching Show', 2001

workshops & teaching:

1978- Short course workshops and lectures (mainly in Japan)
Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto
Hamanaka Co, Ltd
others in Japan. 
QuaryBank Mills, Styal, Cheshire 

1990-1999 'Fushiginoiroito' Workshop & Exhibitions
& 2001 

['Fushiginoiroito' is my own on-going workshop for knitting and related activities.]

2000 'Garyu Amimono' - new workshop series at Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto.

2004, ‘Nordic Knitting Symposium’ in Denmark

2004, Distance Learning Workshop through email and electronic media.

profile I am a maker of one-off knitting creations in addition to doing freelance work as a knitwear designer and running annual knitting workshops in Japan. The one-off pieces are mainly hand knitted clothes, made using my own hand dyed yarns. In recent years, as a freelance knitwear designer for a Japanese yarn company, 'Hamanaka', I have been producing a much wider range of designs, exploring many styles and using many different yarns. They have given me extensive creative freedom, which has enabled me to experiment and develop my own knitting techniques. I have also worked as freelance writer about British textiles and knitting for Japanese and American craft magazines.