Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art
Katazome (rice-paste resist dyeing using stencils) is one of the most important textile processes in Japan, used for centuries to dye kimono. Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art examines the contemporary evolution of katazome and the metamorphosis of the process through globalization. Diving into the practices of a select group of contemporary artists, the exhibition also shares the many ways these artists honor and carry on the traditions of the technique through their varying interpretations.
Artists included in the exhibition: Akemi Nakano Cohn (Chicago), Melinda Heal (Canberra, Australia), Fumiyo Imafuku (Japan), Cheryl Lawrence (Washington), John Marshall (California), Yuken Teruya (New York/Berlin), and Mika Toba (Japan).
Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art was organized by the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Amy Chaloupka, Whatcom Museum Curator of Art
Seiko Purdue, Western Washington University Professor of Fiber and Fabrics
This exhibition at the Boise Art Museum has been made possible in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Courtesy of the artist
katazome-dyed kozo washi, natural pigments, 12.5 x 10 in. each.
Courtesy of the artist.