‘the warp and weft of finnish textiles’ by ima design office
a 30-meter long fabric panel connects a marimekko fabric
the exhibition, titled ‘the warp and weft of finnish textiles’ by japanese design office ima contrasts two sides of
finnish design and culture: the bright and colorful (warp) with the dark and brooding (weft). it takes place in the
gardens and treasure hall of the historic dazaifu-tetnmangu shrine in kyushu, japan. located outdoors, visitors
to the installation are greeted by fabric-wrapped planters in the shrine’s iris pond.
from there, a 30-meter long fabric panel connects a marimekko textile by japanese designer fujio ishimoto.
inside the treasure hall, cow print is used as a backdrop to the statue honoring the deified animal. as visitors continue
to the neighboring library – prints form lokki and joonas represent some of the exhibition’s more staid patterns.
built to house the meiji emperor for his planned visit in 1901, the chandeliers original to the space demonstrate
how dazaifu-tenmangu has sought to balance modernity with its 1,000-year history. the show displays the
flexibility of fabric as a medium in general, using it to create not only flat surfaces, both horizontal and vertical,
but also to create solid forms of various shapes.
outdoors, visitors to the exhibit are first greeted by fabric-wrapped planters in the shrine’s iris pond.
inside the treasure hall, ima used marimekko’s kevatjuhla cow print as a backdrop to the statue honoring this deified animal.
visitors continue to the neighboring library where prints lokki and joonas represent some of the exhibition’s more staid patterns.
a statue of the unicorn-like kirin.
marimekko fabric to recreate the lost statue.
‘the lost statue had the pattern on its side looked remarkably like the famous unikko pattern.’
the street for the shrine.
organizer: dazaifu tenmangu shrine
support: kyushu national museum, museum centre vapriikki, look inc., the embassy of finland,
the finnish institute in japan, dazaifu tourist association
coordinator: biotope corp.
design: ima art
direction: kei maeda (m&c saatchi)