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Melinda Heal
Textile | Traditional Japanese Craft | Visual Art   (ACT)
After graduating from Asian Studies (Specialist)/Visual Arts at ANU in Canberra in 2009, I undertook Post Graduate studies in Japan for four years, culminating recently in a Master of Visual Arts (Textiles) at Kyoto Seika University.

My works are focused on using the traditional Japanese resist dyeing techniques katazome and yuzen to depict Australian birds (often Endangered species), plants and imagery in new and interesting ways. These techniques were once common in the kimono dyeing industry but are slowly disappearing. It is my hope that I can give them new life in a contemporary textiles context.
  1. A Swift Migration (detail) 2015 Yuzen and Katazome resist dyeing on silk. 115x560cm
2. Degradation series I-III 2014 Yuzen and Katazome resist dyeing on silk. Each 100 x100cm
Website: www.so-meru.com
Email: somerutextiles@gmail.com
Link: Podcast interview from 2014