Biography

1950   Born in Osaka, Japan
1970   Mentors Motohiko Katano (LNT), Soetsu Yanagi, Tatsuaki Kuroda (LNT), Uzan Kimura(LNT) Shin Kajiyama
1971   Receives award at Ist Hokuriku Dyeing Design Competition
1973   Selected at All Japan Textile Design Competition
1974   Graduates from Craft Department, Kanazawa University of Arts & Crafts.
Joins Toyobo Textile Company as staff of Design Section
Receives Encouragement Award at All Japan Textile Competition
Yearly solo exhibitions at Japan’s major department stores in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo…continuing
1978   Receives three awards at All Japan Textile Competition, wins the greatest number of awards
Cotton Section Grandprix Award
Interior Section Grandprix Award
Apparel Section Award
1979   Tsutsugaki Noren Exhibition at Blackfriars Gallery, Sydney
Receives award at All Japan Textile Competition
Lecturer at Nakanoshima Arts College, Osaka
1982-86   Several exhibitions in Australia
1986   Receives award at Asian Textile Design Competition
1987   Opens independent studio Design Studio Shumei
1989    Creates five large Noren tapastries for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Hawaii, using Tsutsugaki Yuzen techniques, commissioned by Tokyu Railways
1991   Selected as one of 100 Dyers, Japan, presented by Kyoto Prefecture in cooperation with the Japan Kimono Association and the Kyoto Textile Chamber of Commerce
Exhibition at Kyoto Cultural Heian Museum, Kyoto
1992   Recording of NHK Television Broadcast The Revival of Umezome, the Roots of Kaga Yuzen
1996   Exhibition Tsutsugaki Yuzen Dyeing by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney and the Canberra College of Arts Lecture and Workshop at the Canberra College of Arts
1999   Exhibition Tsutsugaki Yuzen Dyeing by Shumei Kobayashi at Craft Victoria 
Lecture at the University of Melbourne 
Creates large Noren tapastries and framed works for Tetsuya’s and Azuma restaurants
2000   Lecture and demonstration at Fukagawa Edo Museum, Tokyo
Commission Noren tapestry for Tetsuya’s restaurant Sydney
2001  Lecture History of Natural Dyestuff at the Kanazawa Institute for the Renovation of Cultural Properties.
Involved in the revival of Umezome
2002   Exhibition Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at Tetsuya’s restaurant Sydney
2003   Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney, including lecture and demonstration
2004   Recording of NHK Television Broadcast Oto no aru Fukei
2005   Lecture and demonstration Japanese Classical Hand Dyeing Method as a visiting artist at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
Third Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney
2007   Exhibition Furoshiki – Reviving a Dying Art at the Japan Foundation, Sydney 
Tsutsugaki Exhibition Shumei Kobayashi at Silk Love Gallery, Tokyo
2008   Commission Tetsuya Restaurant Sydney screen size work
2010   Commission Tetsuya Waku Ghin restaurant Singapore Marina Bay Sands
Solo show Yamaki Gallery Osaka
2011   Japan Foundation Sydney Lecture and Workshop
Australian Academy of Design Melbourne Master class
Commission Azuma Restaurant Sydney largest work to date

 

 

 

 

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Lesley Kehoe