Masakazu Kobayashi ( b.1944 ) Japanese textile designer

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Masakzu Kobayashi preparing for exhibition
Masakzu Kobayashi preparing for exhibition

Masakazu Kobayashi is a Japanese textile designer.  With his use of fabrics he used traditional techniques with the use of western technologies. He collaborates with his Wife Naomi Kobayashi they generally create individual works that are installed together.


He studied at the University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan.


Between 1966 and 1975, he worked as a textile designer for Kawashima. He manifested traditional textile techniques and aesthetics in his work. He developed both production fabrics and large-scale fibre works.

"Space Age" fabric 1982 by Masakazu Kobayashi
“Space Age” fabric 1982 by Masakazu Kobayashi. In Design since 1945
Masakazu Kobayashi Sound Collage
Masakazu Kobayashi Sound Collage

The repeated lines and stripes of his 1982 Space Age fabric by Sangetsu evoked komon, a textile dyeing technique which uses paper patterns with small motifs. Other works suggestive of traditional weavings included 1977 W to the third power and, with threads suspended in a frame, 1979 Meditation.

Collaboration with his Wife Naomi Kobayashi

Masakazu Kobayashi and his wife, Naomi Kobayashi, generally collaborated to create individual works that were installed together. Kobayashi explained: “These works express a shared vision and such common themes as the tranquility of nature, the infinity of the universe and the Japanese spirit. Naomi and I work in fiber because natural materials have integrity, are gentle and flexible. In my own work, I search for an equilibrium between my capacity as a creator and the energy of the world around me. When I am able to find this equilibrium, my works exist on their own. Among the works I have created are projects that incorporate several styles and emphasize primary colors. In creating such combinations, I want the viewer to experience the resonating chords that come from each element of the work.”


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