Toshiko Hayashi



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address: 9-3 Yurinocho, Nigawa, Nishinomiya-city, Hyogo-ken 662-0815


date of birth: 1931, Osaka
education & training 1965 American School of Floral Art School, Chicago
exhibitions: 1996 'Hikaru Hitsuji' (group exhibition)
1996 Silk painting, Hotel Okura Amsterdam (group exhibition)
1997 'My side of paradise', Gallery Hirataya, Uji-city (solo exhibition of silk painting) 
'Fushiginoiroito' workshops & exhibition 1996, 1997, and 2001
work experience: 

Management P.A. at Lindeteves-Borsumij N.V., Osaka.
Management P.A at Nestle Japan, Kobe.
1966-1972 Floral artist


1972-1997 Resident in Holland

profile Toshiko Hayashi started to knit and crochet as a young child. She spent the best part of her working life as an office secretary until she moved to the Netherlands, where she set up an import-export company called 'Hayashi Trading Agency', and a handicraft shop in Amsterdam called 'Toshiko'. It was in Holland that she picked up knitting again, simply because it was impossible to find any decent clothes in her own size. She also tried out a knitting machine and created knitted samples for Brother Co. in Holland. She set up the handicraft shop with her partner (in business and life) but he passed away in 1985, and later, in 1990, the shop had to be closed after repeated burglaries. Following this, she worked for a Japanese firm in Amsterdam on a part time basis. She came to know about the activities of 'Fushiginoiroito' through a magazine article and was very much attracted to the way the group is organized, and decided to join. She learnt to paint on silk whilst in Holland, and she continues to practice this alongside her knitting.