Miki, a Japanese born NY trained illustrator/textile designer recently curated a show in Tokyo with Fabrica Social where she got to display her beautiful textiles and prints next to wonderfully embroidered pieces featured in the show. Fabrica Social is a great Mexican non-profit organization that uses design as a tool to empower female artisans by conserving and strengthening traditional artisan techniques. Fabrica Social works toward sustaining groups of local artisans involved in the organization through various projects that benefit them socially and economically. According to their site, Fabrica Social currently works with 4 states in the Mexico with 5 groups of female artisans who benefit more than 62 women.
Miki became connected with Fabrica Social through her good friends who work with the local artisan communities in Mexico. In January, she plans to take a trip over there to teach a workshop on Fashion Illustration in Fabrica’s itinerant design school. Through it she plans to introduce new design tools, techniques, and even the latest material trends in Japan to share with attending artisans. And there’s more. Next summer she plans to do another show with Fabrica Social at the Tokyo International Forum. The show will feature her in an illustrative collaboration that starts with her drawings and ends with the embroidery of artisans involved. Sounds fantastic. If you’re in Tokyo next year, make sure to check it out!