Yoshimi Nakai



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address: 6-18-405, Ogurisu, Minamigotocho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 601-1456
date of birth: 1952, Kyoto
education & training 1984-88 Okada Knitting School
1984-89 Hand Knitting Examiner, Japan Educational Knitting Association 
1993 Hand knitting Teaching, Japan Knitting Cultural Association
prizes & awards: 1986 First Prize, All Japan Hand Knitting Competition
1988 First Prize, 'Hand Knitted Works' Competition
1996 First Prize, Japan Handicraft Knitting Competition
pulicity: 1993-97 Introduced in 'Amuu' knitting magazine, Nihon Vogue Co. Ltd.
'Fushiginoiroito' workshops & exhibition 1991-1999 and 2001
work experience: 

1991- Ceramic Technician, hand painting & coating.
(Her own ceramic accessories are sold in shops). 
1995-97 Freelance Knitwear design, Hamanaka, Co. Ltd

profile Yoshimi Nakai's early knitting development was based on a love of the handicrafts, and she qualified as teacher of hand knitting. Her early pieces showed the perfect craftsmanship one might expect, and although they were all beautifully knitted they lacked individuality. This changed almost overnight when she created her 1994 piece entitled 'My Asia'. With this piece she made a radical departure from the confines of 'handicraft', and it is apparent from her steady output of one exhibition piece a year how much effort she has been putting into ensuring that each new work marks a progression from the last. Since 1995, she has focused on the same subject - ice and snow - and the intensity with which she pursues this goal is reflected in her work.