Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“Bamboo and Japanese Culture” by Reiko Nishioka

Friends of Textiles Lecture Series 

$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and full-time Florida Tech students, faculty and staff
“Bamboo and Japanese Culture” by Reiko Nishioka
Tuesday, March 17, 2015—Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.—Denius Student Center, Hartley Room (Florida Tech Campus) 

Bamboo, a symbol of longevity and prosperity, has been used for centuries as building material, garden fences, kitchen utensils, paper, writing materials and toys. Modern technology has advanced its usage for automotive interior design and fiber for clothing. This lecture will highlight the characteristics of bamboo, examine the versatility of bamboo products, and how bamboo is closely tied to Japanese culture. 

Reiko Nishioka, a native of Kyoto, Japan, is the recently retired director of education from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Fla. She served as its director of education for 20 years and continues to research and teach about Japanese culture. Nishioka received her master’s degree in museum leadership from the Bank Street College of Education in New York and has spent terms as the artist in residence at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (Image courtesy of the lecturer)

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