May 8, 2018

My piece, "Coexistence #20" is in the show, Hoop Dreams.The gallery space is upstairs at Lillstreet Art Center.

June 1 - July 7 | Annex Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1

Save the date, and join us on opening night for an Instagram-curated exhibition in the Lillstreet Annex Gallery. Featuring 17 artists from across the country, this selection of artists has been brought together by a world wide web of threads.

August 27, 2017

Katazome with Natural Dyes & Indigo

Katazome with Natural Dyes & Indigo workshop (two weeks session)
at the Penland School of Crafts, summer 2017
I would like to share the photos of the students: They did wonderful work!!!  They followed the basic rice paste resist technique, then pushed harder to develop the possible way to use the technique.  It was impressive to observe their development.
Amy Taylor

Lisa Yoneno

                                                                                     Madolin Yoshikane

River Takada-Capel

Ariel Lauren Wilson

Joan Raymond

Jan Quarles

Jessica Hammond

Margret Mills

Alyssa Dyar

Mirrah Johnson

Tyshawn Henry

November 8, 2016

Trace/Memory Exhibition at the Fort Lewis College: Akemi Cohn

More pictures from the Trace/Memory exhibition (October-November, 2016) at the Fort Lewis College, Colorado).  Shown total 13 pieces.  
Left: Remembrance #B  Japanese rice paper dyed with indigo.  Painted natural dyes.  Sumi ink.  Hand stitched.  Hand cut-out.  Constructed.  13"H x 68"W x 7"D total five pieces.
Right: Memory of Marigold #1  Silk dyed with natural dyes.  Katazome (rice paste resist printing technique), applied Japanese scroll making technique.  Hand cut-out.  Constructed.  34"H x 48:W x 20"D

left: Cycle of Renewal #4  Japanese rice paper dyed with indigo and natural dyes.  Applied traditional Japanese rice paper with scroll making technique.  Hand cut-out.  Constructed.  28"H x 50"W x 7"D
right: Cycle of Renewal #1  Japanese rice paper dyed with Indigo.  Hand cut-out and constructed.  58"H x 120"W (4 panels, each panel 29"Wx58"W)

Left: Remembrance  Fel and wool.  Hand stitched.  Indigo dyed.  39"H x 56"W
Right: Relocation #!  Color rice paste resist printing (Nassen Katazome) on silk.  
Hand stitched with indigo dyed thread.  Applique.  53"H x 93"D

The center piece: Relocation #3  Hand cut-out fabric, paint, Nassen Katazome on silk organza.  Constructed.  86"H x 68"W x approx. 24"D

Trace/Memory Exhibition Akemi Cohn

The exhibition has been well received! Here are some pictures.

It was a big space with tall ceiling.  Beautifully installed by the Fort Lewis College students direcited by Andrea Martine.  I am very pleased.

October 2, 2016

Trace/Memory Akemi Nakano Cohn

I will have a solo exhibition at the Fort Lewis College at Durango Colorado.   Invited as a visiting artist, I will give a slide lecture and critic for art students during the stay at the Fort Lewis College. (10/5-8, 2016)

Fort Lewis College Art Gallery

Trace/Memory: Akemi Nakano Cohn

October 6 – November 4, 2016

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 6
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


September 20, 2016

Katazome with Indigo Dyeing

I taught a workshop of "Master Class", Katazome with Indigo Dyeing at Arrowmont (TN) in September 2016.   People come from various back grounds and they are young to matured in age.  Adult workshop is wonderful because we all share with our life experiences in class.  A student always something to tell a story about her life.  It makes the class richer!!! 
Drying indigo dyed fabrics on campus at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. (TN)

We designed, cut stencils, cooked rice paste, prepared fabric on table. (student: Selene Jarvis) 

The stencil paper can be used overall pattern.  Almost dried rice pase on fabric.  (student: Jan Quarles)

Then put rice paste through cut-out stencils.  (student: Phyllis Miller)
 Dipped in to indigo dye vat.  Remove rice paste (it is water soluble, easy to wash off).  CRIT/ We enjoyed show & tell.   (student: Kimberly Washburn)

Students accomplished designs even such a short period of time.  (student: Chara Jarvis)

December 24, 2015

December 10&12, 2015: I taught Indigo Shibori at Lake Forest High School as a visiting artist.  The students made wonderful work!  Preparation took so much time in my studio before the workshop because how to organize the time to use effectively.   Also, Debbie Zare (art teacher) helped me to keep going in the class.  Actual workshop was short, even so, the students quickly understood  how Indigo Shibori works. Thanks for this lovely experience.