Hiroshi Jashiki is a textile artist who was born and raised in Okinawa, a chain of islands situated between Japan, Taiwan, and China. Although Okinawa is now part of Japan, at one time it was an independent kingdom, and later occupied by China, Japan, and United States. The US occupation lasted from 1945 to 1972 and still 20% of prime land is used for US military bases. Growing up in this semi-tropical, amazingly diverse island, his interests in arts and crafts, and international cultural sense came naturally from his earliest years. Okinawa was and remains a strong foundation for his art.
Hiroshi graduated from Ryukyu University in Okinawa where he studied arts and traditional crafts including hand woven textiles. He received his MFA in Fiber Art Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Hiroshi moved to New York City and worked in the fashion industry as a textile / apparel designer for 25 years. In 2006, he became an independent textile artist and product designer creating original print and textile designs, and the product using classical Okinawa textiles and original print and woven designs. He is a founder of lifestyle brand “Ryuto Design.”
His other work includes silk textile wall pieces and folding screens that he has exhibited through galleries and museums, and public projects include Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort and Rihga Royal Gran Okinawa.
“While Hiroshi Jashiki has had extensive commercial success in textile and apparel design, his latest body of work is in the field of digital art facilitated by textile software. The rich, saturated color and transparency of printing pigments produces effects similar to the interaction of dyes on fabrics. These fantasy abstractions, born in the realm of new technology, reflect the sensitivity of a master dyer who has discovered new ways of materializing his vision.” – Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook 1970-2007