Artist's Bio



Kiranada Sterling Benjamin is an award-winning international artist, researcher and author specializing in Japanese textiles. Her training, research and love of resist patterned cloth culminated in The World of Rozome: Wax Resist Textiles of Japan(1996, 2002), the first book in English on the topic and an “acknowledged classic on contemporary fine art of wax resist.”

Her exhibitions included solo shows in Asia, Europe, Central America and the U.S. She has lectured on Japanese costume and wax-resist textiles at the Smithsonian Institution, Oxford University, Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Japan Foundation, Kyoto. She is the coordinator of the “World Batik Conference-Boston 2005” at Massachusetts College of Art, and curator of “The Rozome Masters of Japan Exhibition” that toured the USA in 2005 – 2006.

For over eighteen years she lived in Kyoto, Japan where she taught at Doshisha and Kyoto Sangyo Universities, participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and wrote on textiles for the Mainichi Daily News and other publications. The recipient of grants from the Japan Foundation, the Sasakawa Foundation, the Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation, New Zealand Center for Japanese Studies she now teaches at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

New Hampshire WMUR recently interviewed Kiranada: in her studio. Click here to view this magical seven minutes.

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Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Photo by Judith McKinnon

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin, by Lisa Mahoney

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