Transform celebrates the traditional Japanese crafts of Iwatsuki doll making, Kiryu textile production and 100 years of Obi designs from the Goto Textile Company.
The exhibition showcases historic artefacts and new products created by students from UAL and Bunkyo Gakuin University.

Transform is an exhibition celebrating traditional Japanese craftsmenship of Iwatsuki doll making, Kiryu textile and Kimono production and 100 years of Obi designs from the Goto Textile Company. Students from UAL and Bunkyo Gakuin University were taught these traditional methods of production with the idea that they would then Transform them into new products for an international market.

This exhibition showcases the crafts listed above in their traditional format and then the new ideas and products made from an intensive 5 week project where students from both UAL and BGU lived with their makers to learn the craft and then developed new ideas and products.

The project is the first of its kind between UAL and BGU as well as the partnering craftsmen. The idea is not only for students and young people to learn and understand traditional Japanese craft and its culture, but also for the knowledge and energy of the participating students to be infused into the traditional crafts production to encourage new ideas and designs. These, in turn can create new products for a wider market, in the hope of sustaining the existing traditional craft and the local community that rely upon it.

This project was supported by Daito Pleats Co., Fujilace Co., Goto Textile Company, Iwatsuki Dolls Association, Izumi Textile Limited Company, Matsui Knitting Crafts, Kasamori Co., Takamitsu Textile Company, TOWA Engineering Corporation and Yamato Co. LTD.

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Chelsea College of Arts, has established itself as one of London’s most prestigious art and design colleges and our Fine Art, Graphic Design Communication, Interior and Spatial Design and Textile Design courses have produced some UAL’s most illustrious alumni including Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen, Haroon Mirza, Mariko Mori, Mike Nelson, Chris Ofili, Mark Wallinger and Tatty Devine co-founders - Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden.

As well as teaching students the practical, theoretical and professional elements of their subject in well-equipped workshops from our expert staff, Chelsea is committed to a series of thematic enquiry that runs across all of the subject disciplines.

Resilience is a core theme for Chelsea College of Arts. Using art and design as a way of progressing social transformation in regions of the world that that have been severely affected by events outside of their control. Chelsea is committed to considering and designing positive solutions and engaging communities in creative cultural activities as a way of driving social evolution.

Chelsea College of Arts is part of University of the Arts London (UAL) - Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week, 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

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