If someone took a pair of scissors to a carefully crafted textile, no one would blame its creator for feeling panicked -- or even outraged. This is far from the case with one of Japan’s most exciting emerging textile artists, Yuri Himuro. Exhibiting her latest textile piece at Salone del Mobile Milano this week, Himuro embraces the idea of destruction and turns it on its head, inviting visitors to cut up her textile art not as a means of ruin, but collaboration. 01 Throughout the show, Himuro’s wall hanging titled Satoyama (a Japanese word that describes an area of earth between mountains and flat land) will morph with every snip of a scissors to reveal embroidered animals, people, rivers, trees and characters that make up a whimsical world hiding beneath the thread. Encouraging every visitor to contribute to the artworks’ narrative by connecting creeks to rivers and people to paths, Himuro wants this artwork to galvanise the public imagination, and allow everyone to enjoy the elements of surprise that textiles have to offer. 02 Having previously studied textile design in both Japan and Finland, this is not the first time Himuro has played with scissors. Satoyama forms only a single instance in a larger practice she refers to as her “snip snap series”. Previous textile works in this series depict lawns that blossom with embroidered flowers and architectural sites that uncover dinosaur fossils once their covering threads are snipped apart. For this week at Salone del Mobile Milano, everyone can get involved and have a hand in creating their own picturesque forest scene, set in the Japanese mountains. 06 SaloneSatelilite, Salone del Mobile Milano, 4 - 9th April 2017 Booth #B5 in SaloneSatellite Salone del Mobile.Milano Fiera Milano, Rho

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