Intertradition is a textile craft exchange project between Sweden and Japan, by SHOGO HIRATA and LISA JUNTUNEN ROOS. In this project they aim to find new ways of working with textile craft by combining two different craft cultures into one art project.
By taking inspiration from the Swedish weaving culture and pattern tradition and filtering this through a Japanese traditional weaving technique, the duo create an intertraditional fabric, a piece of fabric that does not belong to any of the cultures in particular and that can therefore be interesting, traditional and exotic for both cultures at the same time.
Their exhibition at Fiberspace will show the culmination of the project with the use of the fabric in different applications.
SH: Textile artist, Garment designer
LJR: Textile artist, Handloom weaver
WHAT DOES FIBER MEAN TO YOU?
SH: They are alway in immediate contact with me. More than anyone.
LJR: Almost any kind of fiber can be the foundation of a textile material and the thought of fiber transforming into a thread and a thread into a fabric and so on I find very fascinating.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FIBER OR TEXTILE TECHNIQUE?
SH: Sewing and pattern construction combined with techniques from different fields.
LJR: I find weaving stimulating and interesting in that it requires the composition of several different elements in a specific way to achieve a specific result. There are other techniques that do not provide the same kind of framework to relate to and they don’t have the same impact on me. My favourite fiber is probably linen/flax but I think most materials are interesting in the right area of use.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VIVID TEXTILE MEMORY?
SH: The first moment I met Comme des Garçons shirt.
LJR: I guess some memories are more clear and vivid in some periods of life but the ones that are most precious and important for my relationship to the textile craft are the ones with my grandmother when I was small. We have never had a conversation since we talk different languages but she introduced me to textiles and I have never felt like we couldn’t communicate.
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