Michiko Muramatu




Knitting & Stitching Show

The 2001 Knitting & Stitching Show:

exhibited work

'Intertwined III'



About my involvement in making: In 1992, I studied for one year at Shikoku University of Art & Design as a mature student. Whilst there I was always drawing, leaving no time for knitting, or anything else for that matter. Although there was pressure to complete various required elements on time, I very much wanted to start to explore three-dimensional forms rather than flat surfaces. My wish grew stronger and stronger, and it was a new experience for me to want to do this so badly. I had never, in the past, felt the same way towards my knitting, even when I was completely stuck for want of ideas.

Before all this happened, I used to do knitting solely as a hobby, without any clear sense of focus. My attitude toward knitting started to change when I first attended the 'Fushiginoiroito Workshop' in 1990, and I started to develop a more conscious approach to my knitting. Knitting is now one of the main methods by which I feel I can try and achieve my desire to make three-dimensional objects.
Message: This is my first experience of showing my work abroad, and I am excited. I wonder how people will look at the work of an ordinary Japanese housewife? Perhaps I shall hear some completely unexpected comments! Is my piece is good enough to attract attention, for instance? I can't help to wonder about these things, yet it is such a very special opportunity.