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Workshop: Sashiko from Northeastern Japan & Artist Talk

Sashiko from Northeastern Japan (Tōhoku)
Lucy Arai + Yoshiko I. Wada, USA
19 – 21 October 2019
Saturday – Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Monday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Slow Fiber Studios Annex
14 maximum | Waitlist
$395 | $45 Materials Fee

ARTIST TALK & Potluck Social
Artist Practice Through Sashiko
Presented by Lucy Arai
5:00 – 7:30 pm, Saturday 19 October 2019
Slow Fiber Studios Annex
Free – Open to the public
*Please register for the evening Talk on our Eventbrite page, the workshop participants have a reserved seat at the Talk.

Lucy Arai, foremost contemporary sashiko artist and Yoshiko I. Wada, researcher of Japanese folk textile traditions, will share the artistry and history of sashiko, a form of Japan’s Northeastern region (Tōhoku) as a practical method of darning textiles and piecing and cloth. The stitches reinforce clothing, bedding, wrappers and bags, increasing their capacity for insulation, durability and warmth. Its linear nature results mostly in multiple variations on geometric patterns.

Students will embark on a journey through basic running or darning stitchery on used cloth to the development of their own contemplative geometry on hand-loomed or hand-woven bast fiber cloth. From humble, selfless beginnings the handwork opens into a state of transcendent beauty.


Date(s): 10/19/2019 to 10/21/2019

Cost: Workshop: $ 395 | Materials: $45


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Slow Fiber Studios
Berkeley, California United States