Hiroko Harada

Hiroko Harada (b. 1948) is an indigo tie-dyeing artist who studied the art of dyeing at Aichi University. She began her own creative activities at her studio, Aikoen, practicing traditional dyeing techniques and using natural indigo. She is a member of Kokuga-kai (a prestigious Japanese artists' association established in Kyoto 1918) and has received a number of awards, including being selected for the Kokuten (the competition of kokuga-kai) and the Kanazawa Craft Competition. She also has held a number of solo exhibitions and given workshops both in Japan and overseas.

studio "AIKOEN"

Hiroko Harada, an indigo-dyeing artist, established Aikoen in the city of Shinshiro, Aichi Prefecture, about 30 years ago. This studio is unusual in that there are today only about ten that faithfully dye with expensive natural indigo and traditional shibori tie-dyeing techniques which date to the Edo period. Harada creates pieces for private collections and use and has also been commissioned to produce art work for traditional Japanese ryokan and museums, mostly in Aichi Prefecture.

Awards

  • 1991 Selected to exhibit in the World Competition of Arts and Crafts. Kanazawa
  • 1989 Selected to exhibit in the World Competition of Arts and Crafts. Kanazawa
  • 1988 Selected to exhibit at the Chubu Kokuten. Nagoya
  • 1985 Selected to exhibit in Central Japan National Exhibition, (Chubu Kokuten,Nagoya).

Exhibitions in Japan

  • 2010 Spring Festa(group exhibition). Gallery Pequet, Toyokawa,Aichi
  • 2008,2009 solo Exhibition. Gallery Pequet, Toyokawa,Aichi
  • 2007 colaboration Exhibition. Okazaki Art Museum, Okazaki, Aichi
  • 2007 Solo Exhibition. Gallery COCON, Toyohashi
  • 2006 Solo Exhibition. Gallery Setsugekka, Kyoto
  • 2006 Solo Exhibition. Miyako-messe Arts and Crafts Gallery, Kyoto
  • 2005 KIMONO-exhibition. KIMONO Museum, Ueno, Tokyo
  • 2005 Solo Exhibition. Gallery INUI, Ashikaga
  • 2005 Solo Exhibition. Gallery INUI, Akasaka, Tokyo
  • 2004 Solo Exhibition. G-Wing's Gallery, Kanazawa
  • 2003 Solo Exhibition. Wind's Gallery, Kanazawa
  • 2003 Solo Exhibition. Gallery MARONIE, Kyoto
  • 2003 Solo Exhibition. Gallery GASHUNAN, Kyoto
  • 2002 Solo Exhibition. Gallery INUI, Akasaka, Tokyo
  • 2001 Solo Exhibition. Nagazen Yabashi-kobo, Nagoya
  • 2000 Solo Exhibition. Gallery KATOUTEI, Nagoya
  • 1999 Solo Exhibition. Gallery TANAKA, Matsuyama
  • 1999 Solo Exhibition. Genkan Gallery, Tokyo American Club, Tokyo
  • 1998 Solo Exhibition. Toyohashi Art Museum, Toyohashi
  • 1998 Solo Exhibition. Gallery INUI, Ashikaga
  • 1997 Solo Exhibition. Fukikan Gallery, Shinshiro
  • 1996 Shibori Exhibition, Aichi Prefecture Woman's Center, Nagoya
  • 1994 Shibori Exhibition. Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Hall, Nagoya
  • 1992 Solo Exhibition. Gallery KURA-KURA, Arimatsu
  • 1990,1992,1994 Solo Exhibition. Gallery COCON, Toyohashi
  • 1991 Solo Exhibition. Create HAMAMATSU, Hamamatsu
  • 1990 Solo Exhibition. The Folk Costume Museum, Nagoya
  • 1989 Solo Exhibition. Toyohashi Art Museum, Toyohashi

Exhibitions etc...

  • 1998 Solo Exhibition. Two Serious Ladies Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1998 Solo Exhibition. South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1998 Solo Exhibition. Institute d'Etudes Superieures des Arts (IESA), Paris
  • 1995 Shibori Exhibition. Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University,
  • Rochester, Michigan

Workshops

  • 2009 MALAYSIAN HANDICRAFT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (MHDC). Kuala Lumpur
  • 1998 Two Serious Ladies Gallery. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1995 Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1993 Japan Society. New York City
  • 1992,1995 ----New York City
  • 1992,1993,1995,1998 Oakland University. Rochester, ---- Michigan

Teaching

  • 1998,1996,1993,1992 Guest lecturer at the Department of Art, Oakland University. Rochester, Michigan
  • 1990- present Instructor of shibori techniques and designs at NHK Cultural Center. Nagoya