Kimono Jacket

Kimono Jacket

Cotton yarn wrapped and tied. Ikat woven in the colors of the sky. Silk Bingata dipped in a magical indigo dye.   Oh, the wonders of Ryukyu Ai! Advertisements

Coastal Fiberarts 2013

Coastal Fiberarts 2013

I’m so pleased that two of my fiberart pieces were selected by Shelley Sokolofsky, juror, for inclusion in  the Coastal Fiberarts 2013 exhibit in Astoria, Oregon.  The exhibit is presented by Astoria Visual Arts in cooperation with Clatsop Community College. My work in the exhibit includes a handwoven traditional Ryukyu Kasuri (ikat) fabric vest… and […]

July 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo – Ryukyu Textiles Workshop in the News

July 30, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo – Ryukyu Textiles Workshop in the News

There are some nice photos of our 2013 Wakamono Taikai  Conference participants reported in the July 30, 2013 Okinawa Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper… Yes, we even have a nice photo of our Ryukyu Textiles Workshop participants.  Thank you Ryukyu Shimpo, and many thanks to the participants in my Ryukyu textiles workshop!  It was an honour to […]

Chimugukuru @Okinawa Wakamono Taikai

Chimugukuru @Okinawa Wakamono Taikai

I’ve recently returned from a week in Los Angeles, CA where I presented a Ryukyu Textiles cultural workshop at the 2013 Wakamono Taikai.  The Taikai is a meeting of the younger generation (ages 18-35) of Uchinanchu (people of Okinawa).  This year the focus of the conference was on Uchinanchu identity. At the Ryukyu Textiles workshop, […]

Bingata and Ai Zomme @Okinawa Wakamono Taikai

Bingata and Ai Zomme @Okinawa Wakamono Taikai

This month I’ve been busy preparing for the upcoming 2013 Okinawa Wakamono Taikai Conference to take place in Torrance, CA USA from July 18-22.  I will be teaching a Ryukyu Textiles workshop as part of the Taikai Cultural Workshops series. One technique that I will teach is the process of E-Gata, a type of Bingata […]

These Old Weaving Tools…

These Old Weaving Tools…

I like these old weaving tools… and sometimes wonder what some of these old tools have seen… Did they belong to a hillside bashofu weaver and spinner? Like the tools that belong to my Izumi family? Have they seen Spring days of Ai Zomme (indigo dyeing) and kasuri splashes? Maybe they’ve even survived the days […]

The Weaving of Flowers

The Weaving of Flowers

Shuri Hana Ori is a float weave structure that originated in Shuri, the capitol of the Ryukyu Kingdom, during the Ryukyu Kingdom period (15 – 19th century).  Shuri is located on Okinawa Island, Japan. Hana means “flower” and “ori” means weaving in Japanese, therefore Shuri Hana Ori (or, Hana Ui in Ryukyuan language) is essentially […]

These Bashofu Threads…

These Bashofu Threads…

I’ve been spinning and winding these bashofu threads, and as I do, my mind spins and wanders too… What shall these bashofu threads be?  A book cover, or tapestry?  Or perhaps a cherished cloth for my family? These bashofu threads, once dyed and handwoven will tell a story.  Like these vintage kimonos, they will document […]

Shibori Wanderings

Shibori Wanderings

Wandering about Izumi Village in Okinawa, Japan has it’s advantages.  Someone always seems to have a Ryukyu Ai (indigo) pot available in this region of Okinawa Island known for its Ryukyu Ai production and dyework. So, after wandering about and talking to my Izumi family members and other locals, I found a Ryukyu Ai vat […]

A Nice New Home

A Nice New Home

oh, i’m so pleased…my hand-dyed piece, “The Transformation”, on exhibit at the “Focus on Fiber 2012” exhibit was sold at the 18 Hands Gallery recently.  The Gallery provided me with the contact information of the person (an artist :o) who purchased my artwork, so i’m busy drafting a heartfelt thank you note.  i’m hoping, too, […]