Charles and Toshiko live and work in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.
After completing her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Toshiko was hired by a prestigious interior textile firm in New York. However, by age thirty she had decided to live as a self employed artist supplementing her income with freelance design work and teaching. She has taught in the U.S., Japan and Canada and exhibited her work in museums and galleries around the world. Her published works include a comprehensive two-volume reference on textile structures, from a line. She currently teaches at NSCAD University in Canada.
A native Nova Scotian, Charles completed degrees in literature and fine arts. He spent six months in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Textile Study Room before moving to Japan working first as a teacher and then in the investment-banking arm of a large brokerage house. In 1988 he returned to Nova Scotia with Toshiko and their young son.
In 1990 they joined forces professionally and established Interplay Design & Manufacturing Inc. They have installed works in the U.S., Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Singapore, Spain and Italy, where their Harmonic Motion was commissioned as the 2013 Enel Contemporanea installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.