Crossed Helix Series by Shoko Fukuda

Shoko Fukuda is a basket maker and Japanese artist who graduated from Kyoto University of the Arts and Osaka University of Arts, where she focused on research in textile practice. Basket making is not only a tradition but also a contemporary art form. She has exhibited her work in Japan, Europe, and internationally for the past 10 years. Shoko Fukuda is currently working at Kobe Design University in the Fashion Design department as an instructor.

Yarn & Thread
Shoko Fukuda: I use familiar materials and the primitive technique of weaving. My work is inspired by basketry construction techniques – it allows one to see the nature of its assembly and creates order and visual rhythms. On the other hand, I hope that slight irregularities that come with manual weaving will also convey to the viewer the fact that it came from human hands.
The major characteristic of basket making is that a three-dimensional form can be made by weaving a thread. I use structural methods that are used for basketry, in particular coiling – a process of repeating simple movements. But these movements create a spiral structure and a layer that encloses space.

Crossed Helix Series

Shoko Fukuda: As a series, I focused on zigzag weaving. When the same basket-making technique is used on different materials, the material used determines whether an intricate form or a dynamic form is created. Furthermore, variations in the tension used in the weaving process can result in firm constructs or soft constructs. These works created from linear materials have a sense of transparency and interspace, all characteristics of basketry. Lines intersect and interact with another. The construction allows the nature of its assembly to be seen and creates order and visual rhythms.

Available Works:
Title: Crossed Helix IV bangle
Materials: ramie, nylon monofilament yarn
Dimensions: 6 (H) x 14 (W) x 11.5 (D) cm | Price: 190€

Title: Crossed Helix VI fringe
Materials: Ramie, nylon monofilament yarn, silicon
Dimensions: 16 (H) x 18 (W) x 12 (D) cm | Price: 946€

Title: Crossed Helix VII slit
Materials: Ramie, nylon monofilament yarn, silicon
Dimensions: 25 (H) x 30 (W) x 20 (D) cm | Price: 1419€

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