|address:||2-177 Nakamachi, Onji, Yao-city, Osaka-fu 581-0883|
|date of birth:||1936, Osaka|
|education & training||1959
Osaka University of Education, Art course
1990-1995 Weaving, Dyeing and Hand Spinning, Tekisui Institute of Woven Textiles
Solo exhibition, Ikeda city, Osaka
1991 Solo exhibition, Osaka
1993 Solo exhibition, Uji city, Osaka
2000 Solo exhibition, Yao city, Osaka
|'Fushiginoiroito' workshops & exhibition||1990-1999, 2001|
1960-69 Academy Basal (Japan cloisonné
Japan Toy Museum.
2000- Established Textile Studio, 'Atelier Taphoo'
Chizu Nakamura is in her mid-sixties. Throughout her life she has been active
in many areas. At university she was captain of the ice skating club, and
attained national championship records in short track speed skating, before
continuing her skating career as an umpire, trainer and board member of
the Osaka Ice Skating Association. She also enjoyed riding large motorcycles.
She has attended various handicraft and textile courses, and is a member
of several associations. She has travelled widely, visiting both the United
States and Europe. She takes part in roller skating championships even now,
and she still wins races for the over 40s. She recently attended high school
evening classes, where she studied computer engineering, as well as playing
in the regional schools' tennis tournament alongside teenage competitors.
Although Chizu Nakamura claims to practise her craft only for pleasure, she has secretly been trying hard to improve her skills. Her efforts began to bear fruit with her piece entitled "Joumon", which she describes as essentially a functional item, but with "a little extra". Originally this piece had two eyes made of small disks covered in knitted fabric. This produced a comic effect, more like a puppet than an ancient god, and I suggested that the work might be better without them. 'No problem', she replied, 'they are removable'. In fact, she had a box full of replacement eyes in different colours, but nevertheless, she willingly removed the eyes. Her pieces have a serious side as well as fun, and this is typical of her personality.