CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is proud to announce its Winter Programme 2019, Sudo Reiko: Making NUNO Textiles, which celebrates the aesthetic and technical innovations in the making and staging of textiles by leading creatives around the world.
The exhibition Sudo Reiko: Making NUNO Textiles is the first comprehensive exhibition to unveil the creative and technical processes behind renown Japanese textile designer Sudo Reiko’s signature works. Revealing the sources and stories of her inspiration, hand-drawn sketches and tactile fabric samples through a series of immersive audiovisual installations, this exhibition stages her textile creations and textile-making journey as never seen before, highlighting her experimental thought processes, the craftspeople and technology integral to the story of making. The exhibition interweaves multiple points of entry for its diverse viewers, with movement, time, sound, tactility, process, design and labour, echoing the multiplicity in Sudo’s own open, transparent and generous approach to storytelling and craftsmanship.
Sudo’s textile design firm Nuno has been internationally known for interweaving traditional techniques and aesthetics with new technologies. Experimenting with various materials from silk to metal, Sudo has been especially concerned with the recycling and upcycling of textiles and the environmental effects of textile production. She has participated in numerous group shows worldwide, and has been the focus of exhibitions in Japan, Iceland, the UK and the US. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery.
Concurring with themes of the main exhibition, CHAT’s annual two-day Discussion Forum, now in its fourth installation, will take place on December 7-8, 2019 at Fabrica Atrium, 4/F, The Mills. Titled Staging Textiles: Shifting Contexts from Studio to Museum, this Discussion Forum invites esteemed speakers from diverse backgrounds and geographies to examine the shifting contexts of textiles; from its utilitarian roots to now its roles as museum objects, disciplines of study, as well as art presented on the runway. Speakers this year include Karin Altmann (Vienna), FFIXXED STUDIOS (Hong Kong and Shanghai), Aboubakar Fofana (Bamako), Mella Jaarsma (Yogyakarta), Kang Ya-Chu (Taipei), Sri Kuhnt-Saptodewo (Vienna), Saito Seiichi (Tokyo), Sudo Reiko (Tokyo), Sharon S Takeda (Los Angeles), Kennie Ting (Singapore), Tominaga Wataru (Tokyo), Kawita Vatanajyankur (Bangkok), Iaroslav Volovod (Moscow), Yokoyama Ikko (Hong Kong) and Jackie Yoong (Singapore).
CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) is a part of the heritage conservation project of The Mills, the former cotton-spinning mills of Nan Fung Textiles in Tsuen Wan. Through its own curated multi-faceted programmes, which include exhibitions and co-learning programmes, CHAT invites visitors to experience the spirit of the innovative legacy of Hong Kong’s textile industry and engage in new dialogues and inspirational journeys that interweave contemporary art, design, heritage and community, weaving creative experiences for all.
Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile
45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan