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.

June 26, 2013

Akemi Cohn: Exhibition 2013

Here are some pictures at the Floating World Gallery in Chciago.  I had opportunity to show my pieces by the Japan American Service Committee.  The pieces are inspired the fact thtat archive (historical photos) in the library at JASC.  Although I could not be on the opening because of my family's emergency, I was gone to Japan, here are some pictures.
Floating World Gallery, Chicago
JASC Fund Rasing Night 
"Taking Root"  "Harmony #7"

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.
Taking Root


     Broken Circle

January 19, 2013

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