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

December 9 @ 10:00 - 14:30


Slow Fiber Social & Potluck – SFS Annex, Berkeley, CA


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.

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.

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 is an artist based in Düsseldorf. She was born in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, and studied in a graduate program at the Kunstakademie. She has exhibited in Germany, Japan, and England.



December 9
10:00 - 14:30


Slow Fiber Studios Berkeley
Berkeley, CA United States


Slow Fiber Studios & World Shibori Network