September 30th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Textile artist Akihiko Izukura with me in one of his silk tunnels on the KCC campus.

Textile artist Akihiko Izukura with me inside one of his silk tunnels on the KCC campus. Photo by Mokoto Izukura

UPDATE: This blog somehow got held up in cyberspace or somewhere evil. The exhibit at KCC is down now but the trunk show at the Ala Moana Hotel is on today and tomorrow (September 30 and October 1).

If you are in need of a break from the humdrum world, a beautiful place to hide or simply a new way of seeing textiles, don’t miss Akihiko Izukura’s current show at Kapiolani Community College.

I went to see it today and really lucked out when I came upon Izukura-san and his son, Motoko, repairing one of the huge installations on the KCC campus. Even if you already saw his first installation in Hawaii, on the U.H.-Manoa campus in 2011, this one is very different and definitely worth checking out.

One of many outdoor installations on the KCC campus.

One of many outdoor fiber art installations on the KCC campus.

The show is called “Life in Colors of the World” because Izukura-san uses natural dyes he collects and prepares from all over the world: South America, Japan and Hawaii, to name a few places.

In addition to the exciting outdoor installations, there is an exquisite collection of the work of Honolulu artist Reiko Brandon, a student of Izukura-san’s. She has spent countless hours with silk cocoons, pulling each tiny thread from the cocoon and shaping the fibers into squares. The result is an elegant, diaphanous creation that is hung from the ceiling of the KCC library.

Reiko Brandon's indigo dyed squares that started simply as tiny silk cocoons.

Reiko Brandon’s indigo dyed squares that started simply as tiny silk cocoons.

Reiko also created this large installation, fashioned from natural silk cocoons without the use of any dye.

An amazing work of art by Reiko Brandon.

An amazing work of art by Reiko Brandon hangs from the ceiling of the library.

The KCC outdoor and library installations will be up through September 25 and admission is free.

Motoko Izukura said each of these squares was created by a  KCC student. They will be combined to create a large textile installation next week.

Motoko Izukura said each of these squares was created by a KCC student or faculty member. They will be combined to create a large textile installation.

In addition to the natural fiber art show, Izukura-san will hold a trunk show from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, in the Plumeria Room of the Ala Moana Hotel, second floor. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

Expect to find naturally dyed garments and scarves that employ many of Izukura-san’s innovative techniques, such as weaving, braiding and netting.

– Paula Rath

 

The silk tunnels make fabulous backdrops for fashion shoots. Grab a model and a camera.

The silk tunnels make fabulous backdrops for fashion shoots. Grab a model and a camera.

 

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