We are delighted that Val Evans can again join us at Bonsai World 2013.
She first saw this beautiful embroidery on display at the Alexander Palace. After enquiring about lessons, she was told that a tutor came over from the Japanese Centre in Atlanta every six months to give English pupils tuition. After several years, they now have English tutors.
The Grand Master Shuji Tamura and his daughter Kazumi, come over from Atlanta every 3 years, which allows students to study new pieces under their tuition.
Val has attended courses at Salisbury, Stroud, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Cannes, France. She has also attended courses at Atlanta, USA, under the Master and his daughter’s tuition.
All her materials, pieces, silks and needles, are directly sourced from the Japanese Embroidery Centre in Atlanta.
Japanese embroidery (nihon shishu in Japanese) is an embroidery technique that goes back more than one thousand years. In its early stages Japanese Embroidery was only used for decorating items used during religious ceremonies. Over time, as shishu developed its own unique Japanese qualities and characteristics, it took on a more artistic purpose. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating costumes of the Ladies of the Court. During these early stages shishu was only available to a select group; only the highest ranks of society could afford such costly work. However, after a thousand years’ sleep, this cultural heritage, the fruit of countless predecessors, is now available to a wider audience.