April 17, 2015

NEW FLORAL exhibition/Lillstreet Art Center Main Gallery (Chicago, IL) January 16-March1, 2015
Eight artists from Lillstreet Textile Dept. participated through our critique group.  We develpe the concept from traditional floral motif, then each artist interpreted her own way.  It was curated by Camille Canales, Nora Renick-Rinehart, and Keeley Marie Stitt.
Memory of Marigold #1  Silk Japanese rice paper, Katazome, dyeing, natural dyes and mineral pigments hand-cut, hand-built.  34"Hx48"Wx20"D  2014
I cut many dots for the Memory of Marigold #1.  These indicate seeds.  Seeds give life, creating a cycle of life for plants.  The entire use of dots indicates a cycle of life to create a memory.
Floweres are ephemeral and they live only a short time.  Dyes are extracted from live flowers, plants, and roots, such as Marigold, Apple tree, Osage, and Madder.  Silk fabric is then dyed with the extract.  The extracted color will stay on the fabric.  Even though the flowers are gone, the color will stay on the fabric as a dual existence.

March 9, 2015

I will teach a workshop, Indigo Shibori and Natural Dyes at Pacific NorthWest Art School.
July 29 - August 2, 2015 (five days)    www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org  306-678-3396 ph.
It locates on a beautiful Whidbey Iseland surrounding by ocean, near Seattle.
You will explore images on fabric with different shades of indigo blues and natural dyes, such as Cutch, Osage, Madder, and more.  Various Shibori technique (stitching, wrapping, binding) will be experimented.  Let's join and have a creative time!
                                   Nui (stitching) Shibori with Indigo with natural dye of Madder.

After untied the above piece.
The first day of students' work. Indigo and natural dye (Osage) create GREEN!.

December 10, 2014

Shakerag Workshop June 21 - 27, 2015
Katazome with Natural Dyes on Silk
In this workshop, participants will create images by experimenting with Katazome: making rice paste & soymilk with traditional recipes, stencil cutting, application of a variety of natural dyes and mordant, and then setting colors to complete the process. We will observe objects in nature from the surroundings of Shakerag, such as leaves, flowers, and branches, to get a sense of the Japanese aesthetic.

Pacific NorthWest Art School    July 29-Aug 2
Indigo Shibori & Natural Dyes

Explore images on natural fabric with various shades of indigo blues and various natural dyes, such as Cutch, Osage, Cochineal, Madder  applying Shibori resist techniques.  Over-dyeing natural dyes and indigo creates tasty colors.  Although indigo and natural dyeing have been applied to clothes and interior decorations for over 700 years in Japan, the harmoniously beautiful colors appear "contemporary" in our modern life style.  Students will experience various Shibori techniques, such as stitching, pleating, twisting, clamping, wrapping, folding and binding, then submerge resisted fabrics in the indigo pot and/or natural dyes.
Hope you can explore your creativity in these workshops!  

September 4, 2014

The two pieces were selected by the National Juried Fibers Exhibiton.  (group exhibition)

Material Matters
September 24 - October 25, 2014
Reception: Friday Sept. 26, 6-9pm
Union Street Gallery
1527 Otto Blvd.  Chicago Heights  IL  60411
unionstreetart@gmail.com   708-754-2601
Gallery Hrs: W&TH 12-5 F 12-6 S 11-4

Jurors: Joan Livingstone; professional fiber artist, professor and chair for the Fiber and Material Studies Dept. at the Art Institute of Chicago
Kraig Rasmussen; Curator of Exhibitions at the Textile Center i Minneapolis, MN
Renewal #4  Japanese paper, indigo dyed, natural dyes, hand cut-out, constructed.  28"H x 50" w x 7"D 
                                                                    Renewal #4 detail

Cycle of Renewal #1  Japanese paper, indigo dyed, hand cut-out & constructed.  58"H x 120"W (total 4 panels)
                                                           Cycle of Renewal #1 detail

April 1, 2014

I went to the Pearlstein Resort Center (WI) for the artist retreat in March organized by Lilach Schrag.  I spent for three days working on my new project, discussing with other artists at night.  It was wonderful to be isolated from a daily routine.  Here are some pictures taken by Lilach Scharag.
papers were dyed by indigo, then painted with Kihada and walnut.  Then put them together with glue on rice paper by traditional Japanese scrol making technique.  this is not finished yet.  I will cut more.
Cut out images of birds.  The theme is "traces" of presence.

Cut with knife.

October 21, 2013

Katazome and Natural Dyes, Indigo Shibori workshops at Maiwa

Here is a blog of Maiwa Textile Symposium. http://maiwahandprints.blogspot.com/
This is a wonderful group and I love their concept to preserve arts and crafts traditoion, and restore to support for local artisans and crafts people.  It would not easy in this modern world, but it is very valuable and meaningful.
 I was fortuntelly invited to teach two workshops and to speak the lecture.  I gave so much information for the Katazome and Natural Dyes class (because it is complicated process), however, all students challenged and accomplished so well!  It was my true reward.  Indigo Shibori class was also very intense and the students made a lot of lovely patterns with indigo Shibori.  -akemi cohn
We dyed madder, cochineal, and cutch with rice paste resist throuh Katagami(mulbery paper hand-cut out stencil paper)
She just painted Cochineal.
We used natural indigo dye pot.  
We did Itajime, Nui, Arashi and more different types of Shibori on Maiwa's organic cotton.
We did a short crit.  It was nice to share how it was done.

September 12, 2013

Impressive performance at Ragdale, IL

There was an impressive event by Ragdale Foundation, IL.  www.ragdale.org
I reported it for the Real Estate company's web site in Japan.
vol. 224 ラグディール(その1)広大な空間を、創作活動の場に
vol. 225 ラグディール(その2)建築家、ハワード ショウが築いた理想郷
vol. 226 ラグディール(その3)115年ぶりの大改修
vol. 228 ラグディール(その4)若きディレクターの新しい試み

The performance, called SYNESTHESIA, was a part of Spotlight series of Ragdale Ring project.  First, it was an international compatition to built an art work where set up on the yard of Ragdale.  Well-known archtect Stephen Lea was chosen to make a shell on the Ragdale property.  The event was taken place around the shell.  Barbara Cooper was one of curators and conducted dance, light, sculptures and dance.  It was very inspiratinal event.
Stephen is buildting his art work for the "Ring Projedt".

The paper sculpture was made by Barbara Cooper and it was folded, stretched, then various flodings.  The dancers are carrying the paper sculptures.

Since the event started from 7pm,it getting dark.
The projection of light on these sculptures was just lovely!

The left is by Stephen.  The right was placed and light was "dancing" on them.