December 10, 2014

Graduate Exhibition



This year's Graduate Exhibition will be held from January 14 (Wed) to 18 (Sun) 2015 at the Annex of Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. We will be exhibiting pieces by our first and second year students, technical study course students, and international students.
*Please note that the time and place of the exhibition has changed this year.

Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
2015.1.14 (Wed.) -18 (Sun.) 9:00 - 17:00
Annex of Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan BEKKAN)
Access Information
Admission Free

December 8, 2014

Second Deadline for Spring Courses

*updated Dec 10 :1 seat available in the Beginners Course


There are still some seats available in the International Students Course in spring 2015, so we will be accepting more applications until JANUARY 30, 2015. If you are interested in joining us, please send in your application form by then. We will contact you in February after the selection process.

Please note that we will be closed and cannot return your e-mails during Winter Vacation (Dec 27-Jan 12), and during the Graduate Exhibition (Jan 13, 14-17).

Beginners Course: 1 seat available
Foundation Kasuri Course: 1 seat available
Applied Kasuri Course I: 1 seat available
Applied Kasuri Course II, III: 3 seats available

photo: Nassen Gasuri in Applied Kasuri Course I

October 21, 2014

Reminder: Applications due October 31


Applications for the International Students Courses in Spring 2015 should be sent in by October 31. The application form can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you have any questions!

photo: Foundation Kasuri Course, Spring 2014

July 4, 2014

Zazima Asavesna



Just only a few years ago I became interested in textile weaving. It started with the passion that I have for natural dyes.

I live in an area where the use of traditional textile and the practice of hand weaving is common, therefore people around me tend to be surprised when they heard about my decision of going to Japan to weave.

It actually turned out to be one of the best and worthwhile decisions I've ever made.

In the Beginners and Foundation Kasuri Course I've gained a lot of important fundamental knowledge that I think is going to be very useful for creating works in my entire future. We were taught to aim for perfection even when we know it will not turn out perfectly. I found that I've learned to appreciate the sophistication and refinement of fine textile crafts.

Applying what I learned from Japan with my local loom and weaving tools at home is a big challenge for me. The more I tried the more surprises I found.

Being surrounded by the energy of textile enthusiasts is a very special feeling. Seeing all the looms and weaving tools in the studio, observing students' works in progress, making new friends, exchanging thoughts and ideas, seeing indigo plants outside the window growing bigger every day, being so close to nature and wildlife, going to galleries and craft markets, visiting textile artists' studios are some of my impressive memories at the time of my study at Kawashima Textile School.


Borderless Borders

from the KTS Graduate Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 2014

I am touched by the existence of harmony between different cultures. I have tried to integrate the knowledge of kasuri with the practice and tools of Thai Mud-Mee weavings. Inspired by a simple weft ikat line pattern that is commonly seen on the bottom of traditional women's skirts in the north-eastern region of Thailand, this line is known as "dan." It literally means "border."

on the loom

Zazima Asavesna (Thailand)

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Zazima studied in the Beginners Course, Foundation Kasuri Course and Applied Kasuri Course I in spring 2013.

June 25, 2014

Katja Beckman Ojala



I have studied textile art and have graduated from HV skola in Sweden, where I majored in weaving and embroidery. My work is very sculptural and I like to work with the body. Coming to study in Kyoto was a great experience for me. I met a lot of lovely people in the beautiful surroundings. It was the first time I tried Kasuri techniques, and you have to put a lot of love and time in it.

from the KTS Graduate Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 2014

My work is based on my travel around Japan. How the nature is very close, even in the big cities. I loved being surrounded by the mountains all the time.

I found it very interesting how Japanese art history differs from the western one. How a picture is built up and that the empty spaces are just as important as the motif.

I studied at Kawashima Textile School for two months. I fell in love with Kyoto and I wanted to bring a piece of the city back home in my piece. I have used different Kasuri techniques that I learned at the school. The shapes of the woven pieces are inspired by obi belts. I think they are a piece of art on their own.

Katja Beckman (Sweden)

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Katja was an exchange student from HV Skola (Sweden) and studied in the Foundation Kasuri Course and Applied Kasuri Course I to III in autumn 2013. You can see and read more about her stay in Japan on her blog: Katja Beckman

March 13, 2014

Reminder: Applications due April 5



Applications for the International Students Courses in Autumn 2014 should be sent in by April 5. The application form can be downloaded here.

Please note that we will be closed for spring vacation (March 15-31) and we will not be able to confirm the receipt of your application, or answer e-mails during that time. Therefore we have extended the deadline to April 5.

photo: International students' work in our Graduate Exhibition. We will be sharing more photos soon!

March 12, 2014

Consumption Tax Increase

Starting April 1 2014, the consumption tax rate will be raised from the current 5% to 8%.

We have updated the website with new fees, but please note that the fees shown do not include tax. Your estimate will be calculated including 8% tax.

February 6, 2014

Graduate Exhibition



This year's Graduate Exhibition will be held from March 5-9 at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. We will be exhibiting pieces by our first to third year students, technical study course students, and international students.

Kawashima Textile School Graduate Exhibition
2014.3.5 (Wed.) -9 (Sun.) 9:00 - 17:00
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto-shi Bijutsukan)
Admission Free

January 21, 2014

Featured in Fiber Art Now



We are featured in the winter 2014 issue of Fiber Art Now. Kawashima Textile School is introduced in an article called "Fiber Destinations" by Trudi Van Dyke, alongside Les Soeurs Anglaises (France) and The Tasara World Centre for Creative Weaving (India).

January 18, 2014

Happy New Year!

We have just got back from winter vacation this week to a freezing cold (2 degrees!) teachers' office. We hope you are having a wonderful new year!

Updates:

The links to the application forms were broken, but we have got that fixed now. We're very sorry for the trouble. Please contact us if you can't download or open the files.

Have you noticed the new "STUDENT VOICE + LINKS" button on the right? We have put all the blog posts by our international students in one place.

We will be posting the dates and details for workshops (1-4 days) in February. Like last year, we plan to have Shifu 1, 2, 3, Day Trip to Miyama and Natural Dyeing.