Friday, July 31, 2009

Random finding: Jacqueline Rush Lee

Wanted to share my discovery with you, dear readers.

Happened upon the beautiful work of Jacqueline Rush Lee, an artist from Hawaii who is "drawn to the intimate, tactile, and symbolic qualities of used books" and transforms them in ways not dissimilar to the effects of shibori on plain fabric.

"As an artist I am inspired by the materials, colors and forms that I find in my everyday environment. I am particularly drawn to objects that record physical processes or bear the imperfections and scars of life. Intuitively chosen, these objects suggest layered metaphors of knowledge and corporeality as an embodiment of the transitory nature of the body, thoughts, memories, or one’s life experiences."

Check her out.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Sou.Sou donates %age to WSN

The Japanese company, SOU.SOU, is not only an impressive design brand but charitable as well. CEO Mr. T. Wakabayashi has generously agreed to donate 10% of all sales made by WSN friends & supporters in their shops or on their website. Proof that SOU.SOU is a forward-thinking brand on all fronts.

So go out there and buy those preciously hip tabi shoes you've been eyeing all this time! Just remember to mention "WSN" or "Yoshiko Wada" during checkout. One final step: Mr. Wakabayashi has requested you send a follow-up email to request a WSN contribution.

Email wakabayashi [AT] and cc to info [AT], subject line: WSN sale contribution
- your name
- date of your purchase
- location (which sou.sou store/city, or website)
- amount
- cash or credit card (in japanese, but pictures and prices are universal, right?)
maps & directions to their shops in kyoto (english & japanese)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

News about "Design Shibori" students exhibition


Like so many other institutions stung by the recession, our friends at the Colorado State University (CSU) have had to endure some budget cuts resulting in their decision to cancel the installation of "Design Shibori" at their university gallery.

Design Shibori was first hosted in Paris (Nov 08) and organized by ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) for the ISS'08 - Paris. After, it toured to UK. A selection of works then traveled to Japan. *See all previous blog posts about DS here

If you were an exhibiting artist in the Paris or UK exhibition and you have not yet had your works returned to you, please contact: Gisèle Belliot / gisele.belliot AT

Artists shown in Arimatsu (see list of exhibitors below) should have received their works by now. If not, please comment on this post and leave your email address.


Arimatsu Event Details:
Exhibition Title: "Design Shibori: Juried International Students Exhibition"  

Date: Jan 10 - Feb 28, 2009 期日 : 2009年1月10日から2月28日
Originally organized in November 2008 in Paris by ENSAD (l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) and the World Shibori Network for the International Shibori Symposium 2008 France. 
Selected works from the original exhibition in Paris traveled to Arimatsu, Japan, in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Arimatsu Village in 1608. 国立装飾芸術学院(パリ)とインターナショナル絞りネットワーク(バークレイ)共催、第七回国際絞りシンポジウム併催イヴェント Venue: Arimatstu Shibori Museum (Shibori Kaikan) in Arimatsu, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
会場 : 有松絞り会館資料室
Supported by : Aichi Prefecture Shibori Industry Association and the Committee for 400 Anniversary Celebration for Founding of Arimatsu Village
主催 : 愛知県絞り工業組合、有松設村400年記念事業委員会

Exhibiting Artists in "Design Shibori" Arimatsu, Japan:
Sally Blake (University of New Sotuh Wales, Australia); Anna Bramhall (Univ for Creative Arts "UCA", Royaume-Uni); Chiayi Cheng (Tainan National University of the Arts); Sarah Pearson Cooke (Bath Spa University Royaume-Uni); Rebecca Cross (Kent State University, USA); Alice Egler & Sonia Dupont-Caye (ENSAD); Haruko Goto (Joshibi University of Art & Design); Roughui Guo & Guoxiang Yuan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University); Marie-Charlotte Hebert (ENSAD); Maud Jarnoux (ENSAD); Sarah King (Univ for Creative Arts "UCA", Royaume-Uni); Mustafa Kula (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey); Estelle Machineau (ENSAD); Janica Marcovitch (Univ of New South Wales, Australia); Firdos Samar (National Institute of Design, India); Kim Tattersall (Univ for Creative Arts "UCA", Royaume-Uni); Saito Tomoka (Tama Art University); Josefine Wiel Freden (School of Design & Crafts "HDK", Sweden); Becky Williams (Cardiff School of Art & Design Toyaume-Uni)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Australia Naturally" (Aug 19, Paddington NSW)

"Australia Naturally" just left Brisbane and continues its tour across the country, this time arriving in Paddington, NSW, at the BAROMETER GALLERY (19-28 August '09). Stop by and visit this new gallery whose focus is entirely on textile arts. Lucky you! (Next venue: Geelong Grammar School,Victoria (27 Sept - 3 Oct).

"Australia Naturally"
19th August – 28th August 2009
*Opening Reception: 22 August (Sat) @ 2pm, with special host international shibori artist Barbara Schey

Barometer Gallery
13 Gurner Street
Paddington, NSW
10am – 4pm (Open Wednesday – Sunday)

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. Curated by Joan James.

Barometer is a newly established gallery focusing on textile arts. It is operated by a very familiar friend and supporter of WSN, artist Barbara Rogers.

Thanks to Joan James, Secretary General for WSN-Australia, for sending this note

Friday, July 10, 2009

S!X presents Sculpted Packages (16-18 July)

read about it in our previous post here
*click image to enlarge*