Seiko is a Japanese Artist who uses traditional textile techniques to create contemporary art work and installations.

Seiko Kinoshita in her workshop in Sheffield

She completed a BA in Formative Art at Kinki University, Japan and worked as a printed textile designer and CAD operator for 4 years. On gaining a Rotary International Scholarship, she came to the UK to study an MA in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University. After finishing her MA, she moved to Sheffield to take a two year Starter Studio Programme at Persistence with Yorkshire Artspace Society at Persistence Works (the UK’s largest purpose-built artist studio complex).

Now Seiko has her own studio there and enjoys working towards exhibitions, commissions and educational art workshops with schools and community groups.

‘Positive concepts derived from everyday life and nature influence my work. Nature has always inspired me. Its form, colour, sound, taste, texture excite and sometimes frighten me. I feel there is nothing equal to its magnificent power and pure beauty. The challenge to design alongside the power of nature will continue. I intend to create my works to present a moment of peace to a viewer who lives in our hectic world and to push the boundaries of textiles being perceived as craft.’

Exhibitions

‘Fold’ Touring Exhibition, The HUB National Centre for Craft & Design
7th Sep – 29th Oct 2006, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
10th Nov – 22nd Dec 2006, Design Centre North, Barnsley

‘Float’ installation, The Harley Gallery
Sep – Nov 2006, Nottinghamshire

'Rain Rain' Solo show, Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works
6th Oct – 4th Nov 2005, Sheffield

‘thetextileartist.com’, Rufford Craft Centre Gallery
23rd May – 3rd July 2005, Nottinghamshire

‘Shaping Space’, The Millennium Gallery
6th Feb – 17th May 2005, Sheffield

‘Showcase’, The Harley Gallery
15th Jan – 15th Mar 2005, Nottinghamshire

‘Suspended’ Exhibition, The Workstation
17th Nov – 12th Dec 2003, Sheffield

‘Bessemer Open’, The Bessemer Gallery
15th Sep – 23rd Nov 2003, Sheffield

‘Be my Valentine…’, Persistence Works
12th Feb – 14th Feb 2003, Sheffield

‘Green Art?’, Yorkshire Artspace Society
1st May – 14th May 2002, Sheffield

‘Construction’, Rufford Craft Centre Gallery
17 April – 27 May 2002, Nottinghamshire

‘Christmas Exhibition’, Cupola gallery
30 Nov – 12 Jan 2001/2002, Sheffield

‘Fringe Exhibition’, Rufford Craft Centre Gallery
11 Sep – 26 Oct 2001, Nottinghamshire

‘Kyoto Design Competition’ Selected, The Nichizu Design Museum
November 2000, Kyoto/Japan

Commission

  • Textile Installation: Bridgewater Hall/ Manchester working with 2 schools in Manchester & Runcorn
  • Site specific Mobile work: Public Arts/ Wakefield for Beckin Centre, St James Hospital / Leeds
  • Hand dyed & woven paper hanging: Private commission/ Sheffield
  • Three woven Hangings for the entrance area of school: Arbourthorne Primary School / Sheffield
  • Four Banners for new school hall: EMMAUS Primary School / Sheffield

Awarded grants and scholarship

2006 Inspiral/Sheffield, The Last Mile Programme

2004 Arts Council England, Yorkshire Grant

2003 Arts Council England, Yorkshire Grant

2002 Arts Council England, Yorkshire Grant

2002 The Theo Moorman Trust for Weaver

1999 Rotary International Ambassadorial scholarship

Teaching /Workshop Experience

Jul 2006
St Bernard High School / Rotherham Art week Creative weaving & Origami

June 2006
Bridgewater Hall commission Step Up Festival with Sale Grammar School / Manchester & Victoria road Primary / Runcorn

Mar – June 2006
Sheffield Children’s Festival, Islamic Art Collages & Painting in 8 schools / Sheffield

Jan 2006
St John’s School & St Oswald's School Tie dye workshop for making banners in new school

Nov 2005
Sheffield Children’s Hospital ‘Palace & Mosque’ Painting & Weaving workshops

Mar – July 2005
Sheffield Children's Festival 2005 Barretes (South American Doll) in 3 schools / Sheffield

Feb 2005
Cultural Day Origami Workshop, Chaucer School / Sheffield

Feb 2005
CREATE: Wire Sculpture age 16–18, The Millennium Gallery
Adult Weaving Workshop, The Millennium Gallery

July 2004
Oughtibridge Primary School – Oriental week Origami Workshop

Apr – Jul 2004
Sheffield Children’s Festival 2004 Sculptural weaving & Kente Weaving in 8 schools / Sheffield

Apr 2004
Tie Dye Workshop (Celebration of Cultural Diversity) Sheffield Loxley College

Nov / Dec 2003
pARTicipate Project Weaving Workshop: Porter Croft Primary School / Sheffield

Sep 2003
Origami Workshop: Women’s Refugee Centre / Sheffield

July 2003
Creative Partnership Weaving Workshop: Wickersley School / Rotherham Origami Workshop: Loxley Primary School, Sheffield Children’s Festival, Westfield School

May 2003
Origami Workshop: Hillsborough Primary School / Sheffield

Aug 2002
Weaving Workshop: Sheffield Children’s Centre

Jul 2002
Artist in Schools Showcase: Development Education Centre / Sheffield

Jun 2002
Tie Dye & Origami workshop: Redhill Primary School / Derby

Mar 2002
Aizome (Indigo dye) workshop: The City Gallery / Leicester

Jul 1999
Art summer course / Weaving lecture: The Nottingham Trent University