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Visiting Artists: Lucy Arai & Yoshiko I. Wada

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Sashiko, a form of Japanese folk embroidery based on the running stitch, originated in Japan's northeastern region (Tōhoku) as a practical method of darning textiles, piecing and layering 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. Sashiko is now celebrated for its understated aesthetic. Its simple graphic motifs often build to create complex compositions with symbolic variations and historical meanings, which can also express regional identities and personal aesthetics within a community.




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Sashiko from Northeastern Japan

Led by Lucy Arai + Yoshiko I. Wada
Saturday - Sunday, October 19-20, 2019 | 9:30am - 4:00pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex | 1825 Eighth St, Berkeley, CA 94710
$395 | $45 Materials Fee

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Lucy and Yoshiko will discuss sashiko’s regional characteristics and the phenomenon of its global spread, drawing connections between this folk craft, now elevated to art, and the work of untrained artists at the Nui Project, operated by the Shobu Gakuen Social Welfare Facility in southern Japan. Through time-consuming, meditative processes, stitchers from North and South find a commonality of personal expression and self-healing. While the artist designs and transforms the stitchery, the stitchery transforms the artist.

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.






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.

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