Ayako Miyawaki is a Japanese artist born in 1905 who lived in the city of Nagoya.
In the early part of her life, Ayako Miyawaki worked as a kimono seamstress. Thanks to this work, she collected many precious textiles, including traditional Japanese garments as well as those from India, China and other countries. Miyawaki began producing her appliqué work in 1945, at the age of 40, after the end of the Second World War. She then decided to do something for herself. Applied work" was the first thing that came to mind. Her husband, Haru Miyawaki, was a painter inspired by Western portrait artists. Common inspirations can be found in both works.
Completely self-taught, Ayako Miyawaki modeled her own creations on objects she observed in nature and at home, using raw textiles such as cotton, dyed with indigo. She used textiles to recreate the things that surrounded her in her daily life. In doing so, she established an original way of making applied art that was revolutionary at the time. She used Japanese patterns from worn-out fabrics, dyed them in bright colors and cut them boldly, without pattern. Her work was both innovative and an interpretation of tradition.
Galerie Frédéric Moisan is devoting an exhibition to the artist's latest works, from October 19 to December 23, 2023.