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See the film that inspired the "Structure and Surface" exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA January 1999). Broadcast this year (2000) on PBS, "Basho to Spun Steel" features eleven of Japan's most famous and influential textile designers who have contributed their vast talents to creations by Issey MIYAKE, Yohji YAMAMOTO, Rei KAWAKUBO and Jack Lenor LARSEN.
"Basho to Spun Steel" has been:
Featured on PBS
Projected at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Projected at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri
Featured at the UNESCO Art Film Festival in Paris
Screened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The poetry of thread is the beginning and the end of all textile making. "Basho to Spun Steel" gives a glimpse into the amazing world of contemporary Japanese textile design. From new textile production in modern factories to the traditional banana fiber weaving (basho-fu) of Okinawa, the essence of Japanese spirit and culture is a woven dialogue between the past and the future.
Cast List: Directed and Filmed by
Written and Produced by
Bridgestone Metalpha Corp.
Issey Miyake's Star Burst Collection
"Za-artu is a master cinematographer, as is made evident by free-flowing slow-motion shots and carefully executed close-ups...Za-artu continues to display...a visual seductiveness that threatens to make fiber fetishists of us all. -- American Craft Magazine, September 1996
This video from Cristobal Za-artu and Rebecca Clark is an excellent companion piece to their earlier "Textile Magicians: Japan"..." -- American Craft Magazine, June/July 1999
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