Mirei Takeuchi

Mirei Takeuchi
1969 Porz-Wahn (Germany)

Education
1987–1991 Kyoritsu Joshi University, Tokyo, JP
1991–1995 Interior designer in Tokyo, JP
1995–2000 Assistant at Kyoritsu Joshi University, Tokyo, JP
2000–2001 Fachhochschule Hildesheim, DE
2002-2010 Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, DE

Awards
2005 Grand Prix Deconstruction–Reconstruction, 14th International Silverart Competition, Galeria Sztuki, Legnica, PL
2005/07 Jury Prize Jewellery, International Craft Exhibition, Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, JP
2009 Gold Prize Jewellery, International Craft Exhibition, Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, JP
2011 Herbert Hofmann Preis, Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM), Munich, DE
2011 Bayerischer Staatspreis, Munich, DE

On her exhibition at Galerie Marzee 4 March until 16 May 2012
Mirei Takeuchi has created two necklaces that could be worn together. They were made using pieces of plastic tablecloth, which she found in a market-square. Her mother used to make lace herself. Nowadays, however, most people prefer to buy cheep plastic tablecloths. This makes her sad. It was her wish to revive the craft, so she cut a plastic tablecloth, and created a very refined, two-dimensional necklace, with a flower detail. As soon as you pick it up and wear it, it will twist, and change into a three-dimensional object.
Paula van Strien