Title: More Open Enclosures
Medium: Handmade paper and gold
Ylitalo received her BA in Spanish and Art from Lawrence University, Wisconsin and has been a Graduate student in Fibers at both Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin. She attends workshops every year, covering topics such as Scandinavian weaves, Ikat, sculptural tapestry, silkscreen on fabric, loom constructed clothing, Bolivian Highland weaving, basketry, traditional British tweed, and Mexican tapestry & rug techniques. To pursue these studies she has traveled across the United States and to England, Mexico, and Canada.
She currently is an Art Teacher at Kyoto International School, Japan. Her past professional experiences include: Instructor of Western Art History, Kokusai College of Foreign Languages, Osaka; General Assastant, Textile Museum, Washington, DC; Director of Textile Department for the Association of Crafts and Popular Traditions, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica; President, Madison Weavers' Guild, Wisconsin; and Gallery Director, Llama Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin.
Her selected exhibitions include: Open Enclosures, Solo Exhibition, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, 1994; Tenth International Miniature Textile Biennial, Gallery of Szombathely, Szombathely, Hungary, 1994; In Our Hands, Second International Competition, Nagoya Trade and Industry Center, Nagoya, Japan, 1993; Threads, Solo Exhibition, Papa Jon's Gallery, Kyoto, 1993; Pages From My Journal, Solo Exhibition, Papa Jon's Gallery, Kyoto, 1992; Solo Exhibition, Art Vivant Gallery, Seibu, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, 1991; Exposure, Solo Exhibition, Centro Cultural Costarricence-Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1989; Biennal, Centro Cultural Costarricence-Norteamericano, 1988; and Solo Exhibition, Museum of the Banco Central de Costa Rica, 1987.