11 DEC 2017 - 28 FEB 2018

Venue 1: The Fashion Gallery, MN109, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Opening Hours: 10AM - 7PM (MON-SUN)

16 DEC 2017 - 26 JAN 2018

Exhibition Reception: 15 Dec 2017 (Fri), 6:30PM-8PM
Venue 2: Innovation Gallery, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Opening Hours: 10AM – 7PM (MON-SUN)

Junichi Arai, Kaleidoscope, 1992 Polyester, aluminium (silt-yarn) Photo: Liu Bo

Junichi Arai, Kaleidoscope, 1992
Polyester, aluminium (silt-yarn)
Photo: Liu Bo

This exhibition will demonstrate the glamorous design work by Junichi Arai, the textile created by combining traditional craft, modern technology and oriental aesthetics. It reviews his design course over two centuries, intensively demonstrating Junichi Arai’s unique artistic and design ideals with several forms such as textile and clothing. Junichi Arai sheds new light on textile art design from his unique perspective in the hope of providing possibilities for exploring innovation in future clothing and textile art. The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to explore possibilities in textile design, and the theme “Self-Organisation" truly reflects the innovative artistic approaches toward traditional textile weaving techniques, which will be fully explored in the future.

about junichi arai

The textile work of celebrated Japanese artist Junichi Arai (1932 – 2017) is renowned for its complexity and innovation. Deploying traditional textile-making techniques into experimental production processes, Arai is known for creating pieces that combine contemporary Western technologies with Eastern methodologies. The quality of Arai’s avant-garde craftsmanship has been recognised and led to significant collaborations, with Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) among others. Born in 1932 into a family of kimono-fabric weavers living in the textile manufacturing town of Kiryu, Gunma Prefecture, Arai grew up around fabrics. His knowledge of weaving and yarn stretches centuries of tradition and heritage, reinterpreting these with advanced computer programming into cutting edge treatments, manipulating the properties of fabric into sculptures of unparalleled innovation.

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