Reiko Sudo


Tanabata Lace, Reiko Sudo (NUNO Corporation), 2011. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian
Tanabata Lace, Reiko Sudo (NUNO Corporation), 2011. Photo: Sophie Mutevelian

Reiko Sudo (NUNO Corporation) - Japan

The artist reveals...


...the techniques used to make the work

“Our NUNO textile Tanabata Lace is pleated like origami, then finished by hand using a heat cutter to create a repeating pattern of slits and a fun feeling of motion”.

...how lace is significant to their work

“I define lace as a fabric of gaps and see-through openings, the spaces between carrying its essential meanings. Spaces —intervals or ‘ma’ in Japanese — exist between things, between movements, between sounds, between patterns, between threads, between words, between people, whether in the form of physical emptiness, or time, or attitude”.

Reiko Sudo is co-founder of NUNO, the textile company which specialises in linking traditional techniques with the latest technology and ecological discoveries. Exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998). Collections include the V&A, London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Collaborations include, with architect I.M. Pei, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Tokyo (2007) and costume for The First Emperor, New York Metropolitan Opera (2006).

Supported by the Japan Foundation and Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Supported by the Japan Foundation and Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

Arts Council Esmee Faibairn Swarovski