Kimie Okinoi



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address: 618-19 Fukawa, Tonemachi, Kitasouma-gun, Ibaragi-ken, Japan 300-1622
date of birth: 1948, Kyoto
education & training 1992 Nihon Vogue, Teacher Training for Hand knitting 
1997 Hand spinning and die courses (local studio) 
2000 'Creative Thread Making', Tokyo Textile Institute
'Fushiginoiroito' workshops & exhibition 1991-1999 and 2001
work experience: 

1967-1970 Bank office worker
1970-1973 Yuzen Colouring Works, Kyoyuzen Co. (making traditional prints on silk kimonos) 
1978-1988 Knitting, Tajiri Knitting Studio
1991- Teaching (Hand knitting)

voluntary work: 

1997- Teaching Hand knitting (Day-Care Centre)

profile Kimie Okinoi is a full time housewife and mother of two children. She used to do her knitting within her local handicraft circle, so coming to our workshop at the Tokyo Textile Institute presented her with many new and unfamiliar challenges. She settled down in no time at all and it wasn't long before her views about knitting were becoming much broader. She is continuing to take short courses at the Tokyo Textile Institute, and has been battling hard to find her own direction. Trying out new knitting materials, such as used video or audio tape, is one example of this process, and she is endeavouring to exploit the inner qualities of these unusual 'threads'.