Exploring Japanese Textiles with John Marshall
My earliest memories are of color and texture. I was just a toddler when Dad put together a collection of fabric samples, abundantly tactile and vibrantly hued, bound it with strong thread, and gave it to me as a toy. It was chew-proof and washer-safe. Later, growing up in a small Japanese-American community in California, I was regularly exposed to exotic textile colors, patterns, and smells – further fueling my interests. I was able to advance my studies when, at seventeen, I moved to Japan and immersed myself in the language and culture of my dreams.
It is my hope that I will be able to share with you not only the knowledge I have gained over the past fifty years of researching and practicing these arts, but also my love for the pure joy this beauty brings.