Playful Vision: Nuno’s Textile Imaginings
This Kaunas exhibition showcases textiles from Nuno, a remarkable Tokyo-based design and production studio led by artistic director and co-founder Reiko Sudo. Nuno (meaning “fabric” in Japanese) integrates traditional techniques and aesthetics with contemporary technologies and materials to create some of the most innovative weaving in the world. Imaginative vision is the key here: using everything from stainless steel and milk protein to bamboo and bird feathers, as well as unorthodox finishing methods like burning and chemical melting or appropriating the latest industrial processes while also fostering centuries-old craftsmanship, Nuno has broadened the horizons of what can we can imagine—and can do!—in textiles.
The six groups of Nuno textiles shown evoke six different Japanese onomatopoeia—boro boro (raggedy), fuwa fuwa (fluffy), kira kira (shiny), shimi jimi (poignant), suké suké (sheer), and zawa zawa (rustling)—echoing the playful creativity of Nuno fabrics.
Interview with Reiko Sudo in this video starts 24:24 min:s