East meets West - Masterclass by Yoshiki Hishinuma|
published in: Textil Forum 3/05, Textil Plus 8/05 (Dutch), BNO Vormberichten 08/05
Japanese designer Yoshiki Hishinuma taught a 3 day masterclass at the Dutch Textile Museum.
A grant by the Dutch 'Scholingsfonds' made it possible to continue my research into 3-D CAD/CAM woven textiles at the Dornier looms. The industrially woven cloth for my diploma show in 2000 had already been manufactured at the Textile Museum.
photographs: Hishinuma and his wife Hisei, presentation of work, critique session
'The Dutch Textile Museum in Tilburg has profiled itself internationally with the TEXTILE LAB. Artists and textile designers can experiment on various CAD/CAM machines for knitting, weaving, embroidery and printing. Yoshiki Hishinuma, well known for his 3-D textiles led a 3 day masterclass for a selected group of 15 people.
Participants with a non-textile background like an architect or an industrial product designer created cloth by using the indistrial machines and the know-how of the technical assistants of theTEXTILE LAB.
The differences in Eastern and Western teaching became obvious during the class: whereas in Western culture students are used to verbal instructions and guidance, in Eastern culture tuition works differently. Imagine a 'dojo' where martial art is being taught - the student imitates the master, repeating the movements until the lesson is learnt. Similar to this Hishinuma was a silent but watchful presence and at the same time a very approachable teacher, who invited each participant for individual coaching sessions.'