Noriko Matsumoto


My practice within woven textiles stems from a deep engagement with materials and processes and I work with sustainable ethics.
My practice has evolved from the natural environment that surrounds me.  The main sources of inspiration are the lines, patterns and colours in natural objects such as flowers, leaves and grasses.  The texture of these objects also helps me to create unique and tactile cloths.  The environmental considerations are important through the process of making my work.  I would like to make cloths which are durable and could return to the earth when they are finished with.  All the yarns are hand dyed and, the dyeing method only requires natural sources: rock alum and iron water are used as a mordant to fix colours onto fibres with dyestuffs. 

Various combinations of different types of yarns, such as alternately placing two different yarns in warp and also plying these yarns for weft, are experimented with to create a unique texture.  Basically, simple weave structures such as plain and twill are applied to my scarves, but by adding some unique ideas such as floating yarns and the effects of colour combination, these scarves become distinctive. 


2004–2007 Artist in Residency Textiles, University College for the Creative Arts
2004 The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College MA Contemporary Crafts Woven Textiles
2003 The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College BA (Hons) Textiles (Woven

Selected Exhibitions
2006  ‘New Members Exhibition’,Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House,   London
‘Craft Gallery Collection’, New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
‘Christmas Exhibition’, Ronald Pile Gallery, Cambridge
2005  ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’, London 
'Japan’, Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire
2004 ‘The 3rd Natural Dyeing Biennale’, Aichi, Japan

Forthcoming Exhibitions
Oct 2007 ‘Hue, Line & Form PartⅡ’ Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Oct 2007 ‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House, London
Oct 2008 ‘Exhibition’, Youyuusya Gallery, Aichi, Japan

Public Collections
Contemporary Applied Arts, London 
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Zakka, Tokyo Japan





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