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Midori Furze is a Japanese-born Sydney-based contemporary artist and she is an active participant in the local art community. In 2016, the Consul-General of Japan, Sydney awarded her for the 40th anniversary of Basic treaty of friendship and cooperation between Australia and Japan. She has been in numerous group exhibitions as well as a number of solo exhibitions.
Midori's early years were immersed in the traditions of Japanese culture, e.g. traditional musical instruments, calligraphy, tea ceremony, flower arrangement and noh as various family members regarded as masters in those disciplines. She has studied under several artists, including Soshin Okumura, Kouha Takada, Kazan Watanabe in Japan, Lyn Hammond and Hiroko Nagafuchi in Sydney. Her fascination towards music, literature and people gives her endless inspiration. She paints her dreams and concepts of love and music on her canvases.
Midori has also run many innovative community art events with many artists. In 2009, she organised several events with fellow artist, Angela van Boxtel. The events included workshops and exhibition for recycling old make-up products to create portraits, "Make up Your Mind - Lipstick Girls series" and an outdoor T-shirt exhibition, "Womanly", which displayed over 100 t-shirts designed by artists from all over the world across a long clothesline at Manly Beach for the Manly Arts Festival. She helped at the Art in Motion group and organised the art programs for Bear Cottage - the children's hospice in Manly.
Midori was accepted to a residency program at Eramboo Artists Environment, Terrey Hills in 2010. She also taught art classes for the New Horizons program, a division of North Ryde Hospital.
In 2011, Midori had her art studio at Underground Art Space in Balgowlah. She shared the space with 7 other artists. Midori demonstrated a giant origami folding in collaboration with a Japanese chef, Hideo Dekura, for a Japan Disaster charity event. She also ran an origami project, "Fold with Love - 1000 paper cranes", for the Sydney Children's Hospital with fellow photographer, Mayu Kataoka. The project was part of the 2011 Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation art program, in partnership with the Sydney Children's Hospital School and Louis Vuitton Australia.
For the project 2012, Midori opened an art space, Laneway Art Depot with Jeni Robertson and Christine Farkas in Brookvale. They ran workshops, exhibitions and many art events throughout the year.
In August 2013 Midori started a new pop-up art studio with Maria Romeo in Brookvale. The international artists, Julia Davis and Warren Langley let Midori and Maria to use their space while they were away for 6 months residency in Rome. Midori organised Origami Festival in Manly. It was a key event at Manly Arts Festival in September, attracted many visitors. Japan Foundation, Sydney supported the event.
Midori's origami project, "Fold with Love III" was selected for The Rocks Pop-Up 2014 and she opened her studio on 85 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney in April and May. Her origami workshops at the Art Gallery of NSW during this time were also great successes.
The largest temple in Southern Hemisphere, Nan Tein Temple in Wollongong has asked Midori to assist for their 20th Anniversary event, Lotus Carnival in Dec 2014.
In 2014-15, Midori was one of the first studio artists at Warringah Creative Space in North Curl Curl, where was awarded for the Bluett Memorial Commendation Golden Award 2015.
In 2016, Midori ran workshops at Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo for Tanabata star village festival in June-July.
She collaborated with a Japanese chef, Takumi Kawano's special sushi at World Rice Festival in 2017. She was selected to the residency program in Melbourne.
Several "How to Paint" articles, in which Midori shares her knowledge of art, have been published in "Fine Art & Decorative Painting" magazine (Vol. 16 No.10, Vol.16 No.11, Vol.17 No.2, Vol.17 No.3 and Vol.17 No.12).
Midori is a premium plus member of National Association for the Visual Arts, Art & Soul Collective, Sumi-e Sydney, and she was a member of Warringah Art Space Advisory Group 2014-2016.
Midori's work is held in private and corporate collections in the UK, Europe, USA, South America, Japan and Australia.
She often works with event management agencies to design and produce unique origami products. Midori is also available for the event decorations and origami workshops. She is extremely hard working, calm under pressure, enthusiastic, flexible and resourceful.
— Rachel Carroll, Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
— Sara Johnson, Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum