Eleanor Burkett Fukushima Narratives – An exhibition of Paper and Textiles
January 12 @ 9:00 am - February 12 @ 3:00 pmFree
About the Event
The Appleby Gallery is pleased to present this exhibition by Eleanor Burkett of Paper and Textiles
The narrative behind this exhibition spans 40 years. It began when Eleanor as a textile student, on a trip to Hayle Mill in Kent witnessed cotton and linen rags being shredded and pulped into beautiful rag paper. This prompted a paper-textile journey which eventually lead her to Fukushima, Tohoku, North East Japan.
In 2011 Fukushima experienced a devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The shadow of this disaster halted paper production and combined with the added restrictions of the pandemic has consigned the 1000-year-old papermaking traditions of the Fukushima farmers to a curiosity.
Eleanor’s paper pieces and sculptures tell hidden or incomplete stories of fragility and strength within the fragments of paper from which they are formed. They are shown alongside the textile treasures given by her Japanese weaving teacher, Harue Yoshida, as well as archive photographs and handmade paper of Koichi Anzai, a 6th generation papermaker of Kamikawasaki, Fukushima. These textile and paper processes have all informed Eleanors research and continue to inspire her practice.
Yoshida Sensei introduced Eleanor to weavers, spinners and dyers of the area and together they visited the papermakers of Kamikawasaki. The photographic archive and textile collection offer a rare and unique glimpse into traditional material culture under threat.