Sashiko from Northeastern Japan (Tōhoku)
Lucy Arai + Yoshiko I. Wada, USA
19 – 21 October 2019
Saturday – Sunday 9:30 – 16:30
Monday 9:30 – 14:30
Slow Fiber Studios Annex
14 maximum | Waitlist
$395 | $45 Materials Fee
ARTIST TALK & Potluck Social
Artistic Practice Through Sashiko
Presented by Lucy Arai
5:00 – 19:30 pm, Saturday 19 October 2019
Slow Fiber Studios Annex
Free – Open to the public
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Lucy Arai, foremost contemporary sashiko artist and Yoshiko I. Wada, researcher of Japanese folk textile traditions, will share the artistry and history of sashiko, a form of Japan’s Northeastern region (Tōhoku) as a practical method of darning textiles and piecing and cloth. The stitches reinforce clothing, bedding, wrappers and bags, increasing their capacity for insulation, durability and warmth. Its linear nature results mostly in multiple variations on geometric patterns.
Students will embark on a journey through basic running or darning stitchery on used cloth to the development of their own contemplative geometry on hand-loomed or hand-woven bast fiber cloth. From humble, selfless beginnings the handwork opens into a state of transcendent beauty.
Visiting Artist: Lucy Arai & Yoshiko I. Wada
Lucy Arai is a modern sashiko artist whose mixed media work is created at the confluence of tradition and innovation. She uses temari, Japanese embroidered balls, and sashiko, Japanese running-stitch embroidery, to fabricate structures; to articulate details in forms; and to respond to fluid deposits of ink. Her playfulness with materials and disciplined work ethic are apparent in the robust handling of sumi ink juxtaposed with intricate hand-sewn stitches.
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, curator, and textile scholar, president of World Shibori Network, founder of Slow Fiber Studios, producer of the Natural Dye Workshop film series and co-chair of the 1st – 11th International Shibori Symposium. A Berkeley resident since 1973, she continues to lead a wide range of workshops, lectures, tours, and symposia internationally, emphasizing sustainability, tradition, and innovation in design.
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