artist (apply Japanese textile printing/dyeing techniques, Katazome, Nassen)
May 23, 2013
June 6 (TH), 2013 - join the Floating World Art Gallery in Chicago. It is a special one-night exhibition "Resonance" for the Japanese American Service Committee's annual fundraiser "Living our Culture." My pieces will be shown among other Chicago based artists. http://www.jasc-chicago.org/loc13/
Cycle of Renewal #3 is in the "In View" exhibition at The Art Center in Highland Park. It runs till Jan. 26th 2013. Japanese rice paper dyed in indigo vat, brushed with natural dyes and mineral pigment, constructed then hand cut. 20"H x 30"W
Coexistence #4 is in the Faculty Exhibiton at Evanston Art Center. The opening is Jan. 20th 2013. It runs till Feb. 10th. http://www.evanstonartcenter.org/exhibitions/evanston-art-center-faculty-exhibition
Shibori on Gunma Silk. Applique & stitching. 15"H x 23"W
I plant Japanese cucumbers in our tiny yard (between garage and neighbor's storage place) every year. When I put strings, always feel "I am weaving". True, isn't it? Maybe I will put more interesting weaving structure next year.
First few pictures are Gent and Brugge in Belgium.
The middle pictures are at Zijdelings www.zijdelings.comin Tilburg. The last few pictures are in Amsterdam. I enjoyed learning a history of the East India company(17th.century through 19th century) at the Tropen Museum. It connects with my favorite "sarasa" (chintz?) cotton textiles (madder & indigo dyed) to Japan. It was indeed a global trading much more than now.
Thank you my friends! I had a wonderful trip to Belgium, Tilburg, and Amsterdam. Thank you Karina (Zijdelings) for inviting me to teach a workshop. I abserved a lot different histories and cultures. Still these European countries had relationship with Japan, and it was interesting to view from different angle. So many lovely people and they treated me so warm and kind. "Dank U" and "Tot ziens".
I will teach a workshop Katazome in May (5/8-12) at Tilburg, Netherlands. Rice paste is applied on silk. Then cut a special stencil paper, prepare and brush natural dyes, such as Lac, Madder, Cutch, Logwood, etc. Since rice paste is water soluble, it wash out in water. Most beatuful komonos in Japan have been made this technique. Join us! www.zijdelings.com
Solo Exhibition, "Circle of Renewal" at Gallery Uesuto: Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 27 - Nov. 8, 2011
Solo Exhibition, "Circle of Renewal" at the Gallery Uesuto was well received. 250 people came to see the show!Since I was in the gallery all the time, I talked them observing their reactions. My family helped me a lot. It was so wonderful to be with my family and friends all the time. I felt that I am very lucky! Here are few images of the exh. Some pictures were taken by Nori Hamachi.
I am busy preparing for a solo exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. I will leave Chicago on Sept. 17th.
Wish you could come to see the show!!! This piece was dyed wahsi (hand made Japanese rice paper) in indigo dye vat with various numbers of dippings. Then brushed walnut and/or black oak on indigo paper. Constructed then cut out. Although I cut out paper as a stencil paper, I am excited to apply different way. Also, natural dyes work harmoniously.