One of the worlds leading lights in the traditional art of ikat weaving, Japanese artist Jun Tomita is one of many renowned makers who will take part in Crossover Borås, the conference of the European Textile Network (ETN), taking place in September this year. From a studio set in the hills of northwest Kyoto, Jun has captured the imagination of art and craft lovers worldwide, who will get the chance to learn his very skills at the conference in a series of workshops, taught by Jun himself.


For a week in September the event will take place in the city of Borås, at the Swedish Museum of Textiles (who are also co-organising the event with Nordic Textile Art association). Aiming to present a global perspective on the relationships between textile practices, with a focus on sustainable creativity and innovation, this conference will be a truly exciting event to mark down in your calendar. Jun is just one of an arsenal of the world’s most innovative makers and trend forecasters taking part this year.


Renowned for marrying the art of ikat with the aesthetics of paint, his woven works are hugely celebrated and collected today. Having travelled and worked in Japan, Australia and the UK, his inspiring art is often likened to that of Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. For makers who would like to hear Jun speak about his practice first-hand, this conference will offer a rare and an illuminating insight. Visitors to Borås will also get the chance to see and listen to a rich lineup of artists speaking and leading workshops at the event, some of whom include Azerbaijani artist Faigh Ahmed, Danish Jacquard weaver Grethe Sørensen, and Jacquard and Catharine Ellis, who together with textile chemist Joy Boutrup will talk about collaborative projects between art and science, among others. Crossover Borås will take place from 12 - 19 September 2017 To learn more and download the program and registration form, please go to or write to

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  • Elaine Lim on

    Wow!! This sounds so exciting. What a treat to be able to go to this.

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