Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Rouse Visiting Artist Program: Reiko Sudo

Textile, Origami Pleat, 2002–03; Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953); Japan; polyester; H x W: 553.7 x 94 cm (18 ft. 2 in. x 37 in.) Other (folded width): 7.6 cm (3 in.); Gift of the Nuno Corporation; 2004-18-1. Via Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Textile, Origami Pleat, 2002–03; Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953); Japan; polyester; H x W: 553.7 x 94 cm (18 ft. 2 in. x 37 in.) Other (folded width): 7.6 cm (3 in.); Gift of the Nuno Corporation; 2004-18-1. Via Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

A renowned “weaver of new ideas,” Reiko Sudo is co-founder, current CEO, and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo. Nuno is widely recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies, known for its use of cutting-edge technology to reinterpret the techniques, materials, and aesthetics of traditional textiles. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton, and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and with finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing, and caustic burning. Sudo has taught at Musashino Art University and Tokyo Zokei University, where she was appointed professor in 2007. Six volumes of the Nuno Nuno Books series have been published, and Sudo’s work is in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, in New York; the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London; and the National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery, in Tokyo.

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