Fuyuko Matsubara was born and grew up in Sapporo, northern Japan. She moved to Tokyo for the purpose of studying at Musashino Art University, where she received a BA in Industrial and Craft Design, a MA in Product Design. She started to exhibit her weaving work rigorously while she was in the graduate school. After working as an interior designer and a professional artist, she came to the United States in order to study further at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan where she received a MFA in Fiber Art in 1984.
Fuyuko’s main medium is pictorial weaving which involves complex methods of dyeing and re-weaving. Her development of an original weaving technique of “Combination of Painted Warp and Painted Weft” is extremely time involving. It is internationally recognized along with her other worldly spiritual imagery and received many awards. Fuyuko’s current theme for weaving is “A Phase of Light”, expressing positive quality of light. She also works on silk painting and is working on the theme of “Light of Seeds,” expressing energy of growth. She has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums. Her work appears in numerous books and magazines such as Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal, and American Craft. She has received Individual Artist Grants twice from New York Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Hand Weavers Guild of America Awards, and the First Prize in “Fiberart International”. She served at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Senior Restorer and taught fiber and textile art courses in numerous institutions such as Syracuse University, University of North Texas, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Currently she is teaching at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This is a great site that describes my work published by “World of Threads Festival.”