Conversations are streamed talks with esteemed textile artists and artisans, specialists, scholars in the field of textile art including in shibori, natural dyes, sashiko and quilt, weaving, fashion and costumes, delivered through Zoom webinar.
Our purpose is to spread and share authentic information substantiated by the presenters’ experiences. The conversations will serve as oral histories that record the lives and works of people who have contributed to the evolution of the textile field by building on tradition with innovation and passing on knowledge to upcoming generations.
The program will be interactive with Q&A after each presentation/conversation. Priority sign-up (one week before public) will be given to the World Shibori Network members. We welcome participants to forward questions in advance using the online form.
Upcoming Conversations with Cloth, Fall 2020:
Four-part presentation on SHIBORI hosted by
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada with Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Episode #1: Arashi Shibori/ Pole-wrap
A brief history of arashi shibori in Arimatsu Narumi, Japan, discussing historical examples and processes while explaining the arashi patterns and techniques. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.
Episode #2: Nui Shibori/ Stitch-resist
Presentation of both hand-sewing and machine-sewing will cover traditional and modern techniques, concepts, and patterns. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.
Episode #3: Itajime Shibori/ Clamp-resist
A brief history of clamp-resist from ancient Tang Dynasty China and Japan through the Edo Period to modern Japan and the West. Contemporary adaptation in North America of traditional processes will highlight the ingenuity and creative impulse of the artists.
Episode #4: Exporting Shibori to Africa from Arimatsu Narumi, 1948-49
A fleeting history of the shibori broadcloth exported to Africa, which helped to put the artisans community back on their feet after the devastation of war and poverty. Yoshiko and Ana Lisa will discuss the creative solutions the Japanese artisans came up with to meet demand in the African market for wide width, quick production, and dramatic patterns.
Dates to be announced soon!
Guest: Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Ana Lisa is known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of shibori. Her textiles are included in the collections of museums such as the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the De Young, and her work has been exhibited internationally. She has taught and lectured at numerous international Shibori conferences and schools, and her awards include two NEA grants and she is a fellow of the ACC.
Host: Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
Yoshiko I. Wada is an artist, curator, and textile scholar, president of World Shibori Network, founder of SFS, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop series, and co-chair of the 1st – 11th International Shibori Symposia. She is the author of pioneering publications on kasuri and shibori. Today she continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and symposia internationally, emphasizing sustainability & tradition.