Itsuko Kosuda - JCAT




  • Itsuko Kosuda was born in the city of Daisen, in Akita Prefecture of Japan. She is a knitwear designer, and has her own craft shop and knitting school in central Tokyo since 2006. She graduated from Akita National University, majoring in education.

    Her passion in knitting sweaters and other knitwear started when she was a child because she had a very unique, petite body size. So she liked wearing fitted sweaters that were knitted by herself, without any official knitting classes. Soon after,she received an official “knitwear instructor” certification during her time as a full-time housewife. And then she started offering knitting classes in her own house in 1992.

    Kosuda had several exhibitions such as the Tokyo Design FESTA. During that time, she was noticed by a design manufacturer company, which became a milestone for her career. She then had her craft works introduced in several books. Also her own books were published in 2008.

    She was nominated as a design director for qualification of a hand-knitted association. After these activities, a general corporate international craft society was founded by her and her group in January 2013. This society serves the purpose of promoting various crafts, as well as fancy work. To do so, a group exhibition was held in Tokyo.

  • 秋田県大仙市生まれ。自分のサイズにぴったりのセーターが編みたいという思いから、子供のころから自己流で編んでいた編み物を勉強し始める。専業主婦になって子育てをしながら編み物の学校に通い、手編み指導員の資格を取得、自宅で「編み物の先生」を始める。1998年、東京ビッグサイトで行われたデザインフェスタに初出品した作品が某手芸糸メーカーの目に止まり、それがきっかけとなってニットデザイナーとしてデビュー。次々に手芸誌に作品が取り上げられ、2008年には著作本も出版。2010年に開始した楽習フォーラムの「かぎ針編み認定講座」では、教科書編集委員をつとめる。2013年1月に、一般社団法人国際クラフト協会を立ち上げ、ニットだけでなく幅広い手芸・クラフトの普及をはじめる。2014年11月には、NHK教育テレビの「すてきにハンドメイド」に出演。東京での個展、グループ展を多数開催し、彼女のカラフルで楽しいニットが好評を博す。1本の糸から、無限の形、模様などが出来ることに魅了され、彼女は創作を続けている。素材は次第に、シルクなどの天然素材に惹かれている。アートなのだけど着やすいもの、個性的なニットなのだけれど着る人の存在感を増す作品。そんな相反する条件を楽しみながら、今日も編み続けている。


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