December 30th, 2016 / posted by paularath
Those diaphanous balls are made from silk cocoons.

Those diaphanous balls are made from silk cocoons.

Earlier this month, our dear friend Akihiko Izukura had a gorgeous show at the Tenri Gallery in New York City. It was called “Impermanence.”

The centerpiece of the show was a silk tea house where people could actually sit inside a cocoon-like dwelling and enjoy Japanese tea and moments of silence in the midst of the nation’s most cacophonous city.

The tea house by Akihiko Izukura

The tea house by Akihiko Izukura

New Yorkers also had a rare opportunity to buy the artist’s one-of-a-kind garments made of hand dyed, hand woven fibers. Toyoko Motojima reports that they were quite popular with the people who visited the gallery.


Did you know that Izukura-san is such a purist that he will not even use heat during his dyeing process? The fabrics are sun-dyed so no energy is expended.


And now some exciting news for you Maui folks: Izukura-san will be presenting a show in the Schaefer International Gallery in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center January 15 – March 19, 2017. Please check my blog for more details.

– Paula Rath

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