|address:||3840-55 Nagaoka, Ibaragi-cho, Higashiibaragi-gun,Ibaragi-ken, Japan 311-3116|
|date of birth:||1952, Ibaragi-ken|
|education & training||1970-72
Bunka Women's University, Fashion.
1986 Licensed Professional Chef
|'Fushiginoiroito' workshops & exhibition||1991-1999, 2001|
1972-74 Fashion Clothing company, full
Fusae Urabe began her career in dressmaking, moving later into quilt making.
Her knitting skills are self-taught and she feels they are limited. When
in difficulty she uses other techniques. Because of her lack of confidence
about her knitting, she began combining knitting and patchwork, using knitted
parts as pieces of fabric. For example, her first piece, 'Pumpkins' was
made using this method. By stitching together many small knitted pieces
in various colours and textures, she made a beautiful sweater. This looked
like a field of fresh pumpkins, and was very popular. She also enjoyed the
experience of hunting through many shops to find the exact 'pumpkin' colours
The following years, however, were rather difficult for her as she struggled to express herself. Holding our workshop in a gallery sometimes confuses ordinary knitters. She has now settled down, and is developing her own techniques.
Cutting a family kimono seems like a criminal act, especially for the older generation. The kimono was once valued like jewellery, but this traditional attitude has almost died out. It is hard to know what to do with the many kimonos that are left. Should we keep them for the next generation, or use the material for dresses, cushions or exhibition pieces as she does?