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Biography: Machiko Ito

Machiko Ito

Knit, woven, and bundled glass fiber is commonly seen throughout Machiko Ito’s work, which is glossy like silk and occasionally contains light. Focused on the repetitive, meditative process of knitting structures, Ito is inspired by the geometrical patterns of growth in nature. “The beautiful corals and shells I found during my childhood on Okinawa have inspired my work,” said Ito. “There are shared characteristics between knitting and the organic shapes of plants, shells, corals, and minerals in nature.” She works glass fiber with a hook before molding it and firing it in a furnace.

Ito has worked at Toyama City Institute of Glass Art as a teaching assistant since 2016. She completed the Glass Certification Studies Program and the Advanced Research Studies Program at the same school. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Toyama, Japan, and has been featured in exhibitions internationally including Glasmuseum in Frauenau, Germany.

In October 2019, Ito was an Artist-in-Residence at The Studio. Her goal is for her artwork to express life and powerful energy like actual organic, living things through increasing the scale of her pieces and refining the details of her knitting structure.