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Please note that this is a two-day workshop from July 19–20.
Inspired by Japanese clothing such as kimono, folkwear, and the art of origami, Yoshiko Wada examines how to interpret 2-D material, namely cloth and paper, into 3-D wearable and utilitarian objects through folding, minimum cutting, and straight stitching.
Squares, rectangles, and triangles are modular units that give foundation to the construction and structure of 3-D objects and kinetic wearable sculptures. Vintage kimono, folkwear, utilitarian containers, and cutting-edge fashion items such as Issey Miyake’s "132_5” will be used to illustrate the transformation of dimensions. Wada will teach participants how to create a top, jacket, dress, or bag without conventional patterns.
Yoshiko Wada was named a “2010 Distinguished Craft Educator – Master of Medium” by the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian Institution. She is Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China; was a guest faculty at the Okinawa Prefecture of Fine Arts, Japan; and a visiting scholar at the Center of Japanese Studies, University of California at Berkeley.
As an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile sustainability consultant, textile researcher, and film producer, she is a long-time proponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. Yoshiko holds a BFA in Textile Art from Kyoto City Fine Arts University, and an MFA in Painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Participants are encouraged to bring the following:
2–4 yards lightweight polyster organza, and/or crisp, thin polyester in any pale color or pattern.
2–4 yards cotton muslin for fabric dying and any fabric of your choice to be added to final project.
Kimono or kimono cloth, typically 14 inches wide and 13 yards long. Full length is not required.
Sewing supplies including needles, thread, fabric scissors, thimble, straight pins, string, meter stick.
This is a two-day workshop, limited to 15 participants. Lunch is not provided; please plan accordingly.
Photo: Robert Wade