Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Insider's Tour to Japan with Jack Larsen (NOV 2-15)

Wanted to post this release from the LongHouse Reserve...

Insider's Tour to Japan:
November 2nd – November 15 2009

Join Jack Larsen on his 36th visit to Japan for a fabulous two-week island hopping tour!

Immerse in the natural beauty and rich craft traditions of the Rukyu Archipelago, visit Kyushu island's less explored sites including a home to Japanese outsider art and mountainside Onta kilns, explore Kagoshima's celebrated gardens and Kumamoto's famous castle.

Lavish in Japan's famous hospitality, from a relaxing day at a quintessential hot spring to the unparalleled serenity offered at the Benesse House and Museum, a contemporary art heaven designed by Tadao Ando on Naoshima island. Soak up the sublime wonder of I.M.Pei's masterpiece Shangri-La, the Miho Museum; then travel to the ancient capital of Nara and marvel at impeccably preserved, Emperor Shomu 8th c. treasures given to the Great Buddha. This exciting program concludes in the Tokyo metropolis with visits to Jack's handpicked favorites and special gatherings with his friends.

This tour has been scheduled in response to the overwhelming success of LHR's 2007 insider's tour with our tour leader extraordinaire, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada. For more information on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, call Matko Tomicic at 631-329-3568.

ABOUT LONGHOUSE. The LongHouse Reserve was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen as a nonprofit organization dedicated to exemplifying living with art in all forms. Through its gallery, arboretum, sculpture gardens, and educational programs, LongHouse brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with a strong conviction that the arts are central to living wholly and creatively.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

More photos from Susan Fell McLean

Susan pointed us to her great ISS08 photo sets on flickr so I couldn't resist giving them their own post. Now you, readers, can enjoy them just the same. Have a first-hand peek at some of the great activities and exhibitions that was the French shibori immersion trip.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Upcoming class: Joan Morris, Ohio, March 30

Know of any upcoming classes on shibori, dyed textiles or similar?

Here in the USA, spring workshop classes should be starting in juuust about a month. So if you've heard of any, are teaching any, or are still kicking yourself for having missed one last year, fill us in. We'll post the info here for others to hear.
That said...

Joan Morris will be teaching a workshop in central Ohio in the lovely, rural, peaceful setting of the Crow Timber Frame Barn.

"Natural Dye Extracts & an Indigo Pot: Shibori Textiles"
Joan Morris
March 30 - April 3
beginning to advanced levels
more info here

Taiwan: lecture w/ Yoshiko Wada at National Palace Museum

"World Indigo Dyed Textiles," an overview lecture of the world's various indigo cultures and their textiles, will be given by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada at Taiwan's National Palace Museum. The 2-hr lecture will take place 10:00-12:00 on Feb 12, 2009.

Visit for more of her events in Taiwan this February.

Thanks to the National Palace Museum and Dr. Lee Jui-Tsung of the
Taiwan Indigo Dyeing Society for forwarding this announcement.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gunma Silk pre-orders

Excuse the plug but we know some of you readers have been inquiring about Gunma silks:

Yoshiko is currently traveling in Asia. Later this month while in Japan, she will be visiting the Koshimitsu Mill. For those who are interested, you can place a pre-order for any of the Gunma silk varieties to ensure you'll get the type of silk & quantity you need. Pre-orders must be placed by Feb 14 (USA time).

To learn more about Gunma silks and pre-ordering, visit the fabric section on Yoshiko's online shop:

* Yoshiko will be re-stocking some of the silk varieties in April. But without a pre-order, she can't guarantee she'll have enough of what you want.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Australia Naturally (6 Feb-8 Mar '09)

Lucky day for Australian textile enthusiasts. For those of you who didn't get a chance to see the lovely exhibition, "Australia Naturally," held at the Paris American Academy gallery this past November, drive on over to Strathnairn Homestead Gallery.

[6Feb - 8 Mar 09] "Australia Naturally"
at Strathnairn Homestead Gallery (Australia)

A glorious exhibition of small shibori works created exclusively by World Shibori Network Australia members as a showcasing of their use of natural and synthetic dyes. These works have recently been on exhibition in Paris as part of the 7th International Shibori Symposium at the Musee Quai Branly. 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt, ACT (20 min drive from Civic) || weekends 10.00 - 4.30

Thanks to Joan James, WSN-Australia rep, for forwarding this info.