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.


video

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.

970-247-7167


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.  


December 23, 2015

Workshops in Honolulu, Hawaii

In Octber 2015, I was invited under sponsorship of the Joyce M. Wright Visiting Artist Program by Temari.  I taught "Stitching a Story" at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, and "Nejiri Indigo Shibori" at the Lyon Arboretum.  The workshop of "Stitching a Story" is to mono-print on fabric first, then stitch on the printed fabric.  The students brought pictures, portrate photos for their inspiration.  Stitching gives more tactic quality and focal point for the entire design.
Nejiri Indigo Shibori was fun to explore because there are various ways to make interesting patterns.  Full of green plants nicely matched with indigo blue at the Arboretum.
It was beautiful place of Hawaii.  I felt exotic plants ans sunshine give energy and power for humans.  People in Hawaii were very gently and relaxed.  I totally enjoyed staying there.
Stitching on mono-printed fabric.(student's work)
Stitching on mono-printed fabric.(student's work)
Mono-printed on fabric (student's work)
Lyon Arboretum: rain forest, beautiful plants and trees.
student's work by Indigo Shibori
student's work by Indigo Shibori




July 1, 2015

KATAZOME with Natural Dyes at Shakerag Workship

I just returned from the teaching for the Shakerag Workshop. http://www.shakerag.org/workshops/2015/cohn/   It was a wonderful place; we could apply HARITE with Shinshi (traditional Japanese bamboo stretcher) outside.  The weather was warm and sunny.   The condition was perfect for katazome!  
Katazome(rice paste resist) with Madder(natural dye) on silk.
Classroom at Shakerag Workshop.
Student is brushing natural dye(LAC)  on fabric.  We used Harite with Shinshi outside.
We also used mineal pigmements with rice paste resist.
Drying fabric under trees.  Katazome(cut-out stencil paper, ricepaste resist) with natural dye.

We sew pieces together on Harite then painted natural dye.  It is on going process by Cara.
Short crit: Kate is describing her pieces.(far above). All students worked hard and accomplished complicated processes of Katazome for five days.