Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, author and co-author of several books including The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art to wear in America; Memoryon Cloth: Shibori Now and Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped-ResistDyeing.
She has curated exhibitions at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco and the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Her own work has been exhibited widely since the 1970s, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery and the International Textile Fair in Kyoto.
Yoshiko is president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series and cochair of the 10th International Shibori Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has a B.F.A. from Kyoto and an M.F.A. from the USA, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.
She has been a consultant to designers in the USA, India, and Japan including costume designer Colleen Atwood for the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, and Korean-American fashion designer Christina Kim of dosa, inc. For over forty years Yoshiko has led dozens of art, architecture, and textile study tours to Japan, India, France, Italy, and China. In 2010, Yoshiko Wada was titled as a “Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of Medium” by the James Renwick Alliance.
She now continues to lead a wide range of workshops and lectures, with an emphasis on sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design in the subjects of natural dye, resist - dyeing and the re-use of material.