In a word, she is a born embroiderer. She is an author of needle art.
She loves both pin and pen.
She is quite innovative among Japanese needleworker. She is not only
skillful in her work, but also unique. She can speak about embroidery
both historically and also, from a global stand-point.
When speaking of embroidery, she has always paid attention to the
background of the said embroidery, and has tried to understand, from
the start, under what circumstances those embroideries were created.
The more she learned about embroidery, the more unpleasant she felt
because Japanese ladies innocently undervalued needlework as minor
This was the reason why she stepped into this field about 40 years
She founded a needlework school called Nirenokai, through which she
has extended her activities for the innovation of Japanese needlework.
Exhibitions (by Nirenokai) and other events have taken place in most
of the major Japanese cities.
She has introduced embroidery of the world through reproductions such
as, The Bradford Table Carpet (Great Britain), La Tapisserie de Bayeux
(France), and select embroideries of William Morris.
She introduced the use of gold thread in the embroidery which is on
display at the Russian Ermitazh Museum. She interpreted Icelandic
Folk Embroideries which are on display at the Natioal Museum of Iceland.
She has also mastered the Matyo stitches of Hungary, the Tehuana stitches
of Mexico and the stitches from the Unnan area of China.
surely loves embroidery: she surely loves the people who use this
art on their costumes and furniture. Whenever a work made a strong
impression on her, she could not resist visiting its place of origin.
She has visited Museums, native private homes, old castles,auctions,
and anywhere els she expected to satisfy her curiosity.
She has been deeply interested in 16th and 19th century English Embroidery
for a long time.
She was so enthusiastic to learn about the works of Mary Queen of
Scots, Elizabeth I (16 c.) and William Morris and his wife Jane (19
c.), that she wished to write about them and their embroideries.
When Chieko was young, she wished to be an author. Her dream was actualized
when she read those brilliant, sweet, cool or tragic stories of the
British leaders who colored the history of England.
Some of her essays, which have been published in various Japanese
magazines and books, are in the Library of the Victoria and Albert
Museum in London. Recently, she gave a lecture in Tokyo entitled:
The Riddle of Elizabeth I Portraits.
Chieko Hoshiai is still educating the Japanese public about Needlework
arts through her talented use of pin and pen.
|There are plenty of handcraft materials
in her studio.