December 28th, 2011 / posted by paularath

A jacket by Akihiko Izukura.

Textile artist  and fashion designer Akihiko Izukura of Kyoto is coming to Hawaii to create installations at both U.H. Manoa and the Academy Art Center at Linekona. His exhibitions are called Life in Colors in Hawaii 2012.

In addition to the exhibitions, lectures and workshops, Izukura-san is holding a special trunk show of his fashions for just two days. This is a rare opportunity to experience his wearable art, which is completely sustainable with an emphasis on Zero Waste Fashion Design. He creates his own textiles from natural fibers, dyes them with natural dyes, and has them woven and made  by trained Japanese artisans  in Kyoto.

Izukura-san’s family has been creating textiles for more than 400 years. See more on his website:

Akihiko Izukura

In conjunction with Izukura-san’s trunk show, the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery will hold a trunk show of some of its wearable art. The Santa Fe Weaving Gallery is one of my favorite places in the entire world to shop. I always save my money before going to New Mexico (where my husband was born and raised) so I can buy a piece there. Check it out at

Izukura-san and the Santa Fe Weaving Gallery sent a special invitation to readers of to come and shop the trunk shows. They will be held :

Monday, January 16, from 3 to 7 p.m.                 


Tuesday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

at the

Ilikai Hotel & Suites, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd. Phone: 949-3811.

For more information on Izukura-san’s workshops, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with him, go to:

Note that the deadline for registration is January 6.

– Paula Rath


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