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Reflection, Appreciation, and Embracing Opportunity – Talks by Hiroyuki Murase & Kaoli Mashio

December 9, 2021 @ 10:00 - 14:00


‘Portrait of a Wave’, 2014-15. Kaoli Mashio



10:00-11:30 PST /  $35 Contribution / $25 WSN members will receive a $10 discount code by email.
IN-PERSON at Berkeley Annex (limited number of fully vaccinated people), or ON-WEBINAR
A RECORDING will be sent to all participants within a week.

SFS Annex, Berkeley, CA   /   1825 8th Street, Berkeley, CA
10:00-14:00 PST

Co-Hosted by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom

SFS Social & Potluck ends at 14:00


HIROYUKI MURASE, Creative Director for Suzusan, Germany,/Japan, is a fifth generation Shibori artisan and designer, the son of Hiroshi Murase from Arimatsu, instructor of our Shibori Hybrid Workshop Series

Hiroyuki will be in the San Francisco Bay Area for a pop-up show at Todd Hosfelt Gallery, December 10–18, and an informal lecture and Social at SFS Studio in Berkeley, December 9 at 10 am. Gain insights on how the current generation is being creative in a Western milieu with the perennial technique of Shibori.

Photos from Suzusan Left: Hiroyuki Murase modeling a Suzusan cashmere sweater / Right: Photo from Autumn/Winter 2021 Suzusan ‘FAMILY’ Collection

Suzusan’s roots lie in the Japanese town of Arimatsu, known for its traditional Shibori artisans. In response to a decline in the Shibori trade over the past five decades, the Shibori craft community has placed attention on developing innovative techniques and producing modern creations to keep Shibori relevant and vibrant in our contemporary world. 

Hiroyuki is the eldest son in the Murase family. He studied art at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham Surrey, England as well as at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. During his time away from Japan, Hiroyuki has gained renewed appreciation for his family’s work, which is so rich in tradition. In 2008, he co-founded the Suzusan label in Düsseldorf with a German colleague, where he continues to create Shibori designs for interiors and high fashion. 


Kaoli Mashio, an accomplished artist and Hiroyuki’s life partner, will share her creative journey and images from a recent exhibition and 19.20.21, her current exhibition in London, a painterly and poetic response to a period that will not be forgotten lightly.  She was born in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, and studied in a graduate program at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. She has exhibited in Germany, Japan, and England.

Kaoli Mashio’s Paintings from her exhibition at Cassius & Co Left: Hottest and Coldest, 2019 / Right: Untitled (Wellblech), 2019

    As the coronavirus was beginning to emerge, Mashio had embarked on a series of paintings based on the layers of galvanised steel plates that were common in local architecture. As 2020 wore on, a gap, or at least, some kind of liminal space, began to appear in the paintings. Something in them was leaking through and out, growing between vertical lines. And in the most recent works, space has begun to open up, the scope of the paintings broadening into a bright sky blue that speaks of newness and hope.

— from Kaoli Mashio Solo Show at the Gallery Cassius & Co. from 4 December 2021 – 19 February 2022 in London, U.K.



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December 9, 2021
10:00 - 14:00


Slow Fiber Studios Berkeley
Berkeley, CA United States


Slow Fiber Studios & World Shibori Network