Mariko Tagawa

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address: Osaka
date of birth: 1958, Osaka
education & training 1977-1980 Osaka University of Art & Design, Broadcasting
1981-1985 Shizuko Saka Academy of Knitting 
1988-1989 Knitwear Design, Nihon Vogue Co. Ltd 
exhibitions: 1994,  'Potofu' group exhibition
1996,   'Potofu' group exhibition
1998,   'Potofu' group exhibition
2001,   'Potofu' group exhibition
2001,   ‘Fushiginoiroito’, the Knitting & Stitching Show, London & Harrogate
awards: 1985 Runner up, 'Mother and Child' knitting competition 
1986 First prize, 'Diamond Wool' knitting competition 
1986 Second prize, 'Kinkado' handicraft competition 
1987 Runner up, 'Mother and Child' knitting competition 
1988 First prize, Shiver Knitting Association knitting competition 
1989 Winner (Hand knitting) 'International Competition for Fashion Creators- Best New Comers' by Brother Co. Ltd 
1989 Winner, 'Japan Creative Knitting as Handicrafts' knitting competition
workshops & short courses 1990, 1994-1999, 2001, ‘Fushiginoiroito’ Workshop& Exhibition
work experience: 

1986-1990 Knitting tutor, Shizuko Saka Knitting Academy
1987-1990 Creative Knitwear production group 'S-knit I'm', 
Shizuko Saka Handicraft Knitting Research Institute 
1991-1998 Self-employed knitwear production, market by Roransan Co. Ltd
1995-1996 Knitwear Designer, Marutaka Textile Co. Ltd 

2002-present Part time Personal Assistant to a professor specializing in Siberian hunting culture, at the research unit of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.

voluntary work: 

1995- Transliteration of texts for the partially sighted.
2004 Co-founded the Registered Voluntary organisation -‘ Reading service N’ to meet special needs of Hospital Patients.