Themed "Technology Shaped by Creativity", the six-day symposium was officially opened today (28 December) on the PolyU campus by Ms Yoshiko I. Wada, President of World Shibori Network; Mr Dongtao Xu, General Director of Foshan Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film, TV, Press and Publication;
"Each ISS has provided a unique opportunity for artists, artisans, designers and scholars to exchange ideas and discuss traditional textile practices — preserving tradition while also promoting new developments and contemporary adaptations. Through ISS we have built relationships leading to future collaborations,"
The opening ceremony was followed by a plenary session where leading academics, designers and industry practitioners were invited to deliver keynote addresses. They will share their views and experience in the specialism of traditional and modern textiles, fashion and accessories;
The keynote speakers included Ms Rta Kapur Chishti, Founder of Ananda Delhi Textile Developments Pvt. Ltd.; Mr Michel Garcia, Founder of Assoc. Couleur Garance in Lauris, France; Mr Jack Lenor Larsen, Founder of LongHouse Reserve, U.S.; Ms Makiko Minagawa, Textile Director of Issey Miyake Design Studio, Japan; Professor Feng Zhao, Director, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou; and Professor Xiao-ming Tao, Chair Professor of Textile Technology, PolyU's Institute of Textiles and Clothing.
In addition, exhibitions of international and Chinese art in fashion and textile, workshops, demonstrations, poster sessions, pre- and post-tours to the Chinese mainland, and local excursion opportunities have been arranged for the participants. For more details and programme of 8ISS, please visit its official website at URL: http://8iss.wordpress.com/
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