Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is considered one of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded teachers of textile art in the world. She is credited with introducing the art of Japanese Shibori in the United States. Ms. Wada is the founder of the Slow Fiber Studio, and served as a trustee for the American Craft Council, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. She is president of World Shibori Network and in 2010, Yoshiko Wada was titled as a “Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of Medium” by the James Renwick Alliance.
Ms. Wada is an acclaimed lecturer, author, curator, and tour leader: she has produced a series of instructional films with Michel Garcia for Sustainable Natural Dye Practice and documentary “Arimatsu Narumi Shibori: 400 years of Japanese Artisan Design with Hiroshi Murase and Andrew Galli”. She has a B.F.A. from Kyoto University and an M.F.A. from University of Colorado Boulder.
She now continues to lead a wide range of workshops and lectures, with an emphasis on sustainability, tradition, and innovation and design in the subjects of natural dye, resist dyeing and the re-use of material.