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Past Event

SAM Creates: Kimono, Origami & Modules with Yoshiko Wada

Jul 19 – 20 2014

Asian Art Museum

Alvord Board Room

10 AM – 4 PM

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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 machine.

  • 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