Sashiko from Northeastern Japan (Tōhoku)
Lucy Arai + Yoshiko I. Wada, USA
Saturday – Monday, 19 – 21 October 2019| 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex
$395 | $45 Materials Fee
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 living in the US. While learning traditional Japanese crafts, she has created artwork that transforms tradition. Best known for her non-traditional use of sashiko in two and three-dimensional artwork. She has worked to promote international goodwill through artwork.
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.