Izukura shows his colors
Kyoto-based textile artist Akihiko Izukura has returned to present "Life in Colors of the World," and installation and collaborative project taking place at Kapiolani Community College through Sept. 25.
Izukura is offering the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops he will oversee from 10 a.m. to noon daily through Friday. He is seeking 400 participants to help unspool silk cocoons used to make silk squares that will eventually be woven together to form one large piece. The work will take place in front of the KCC library.
Local textile artist Reiko Brandon's work is featured in the KCC library, and she explained that each square comprises five to 20 of the silk cocoons, which come from a Big Island farmer who processes them humanely, cutting them in a way that allows the moth to emerge alive.
I was able to attend Monday's opening at the KCC cafeteria, where the eco-conscious artist enlisted students to show some of his beautiful wearable art pieces and scarves that were available for sale after the show.
I just love his work and pick up something every time he visits. He works with natural fibers such as silk, wool and plant fibers, and uses natural dyes also derived from plants and insects. The textures are beautiful and I just want to cocoon myself in them.
He will be hosting a larger trunk show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Ala Moana Hotel's Plumeria Room. Cash or bank check only.
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