2013-2014 Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture
Speaker: Tomita Jun
Born in Toyama Prefecture in Japan in 1951, TOMITA Jun studied weaving and dyeing under a master weaver in Kyoto. He then worked in a textile design workshop at the Jam Factory Inc., South Australia Craft Authority in Australia. He studied and taught at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in England. Mr. Tomita became the first Japanese national to be selected for the Craftman’s Index by the British Craft Council. In 1982 he returned to Japan where he set up his workshop at Saga, Kyoto in Japan and wrote the book, “Japanese Ikat Weaving,” published by Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., of London and USA. His work has been exhibited in Australia, Norway, Germany, Holland, France, Israel, Canada, the USA and UK, as well as Japan and appears in major public collections including South Australia State Art Gallery, Kunstindustrimuseet Oslo, the Stedelijk Museum, the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, the Israel Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Toyama Modern Art Museum.