Japan Juxtaposed - Traditional Textiles/Modern Images

2008 Exhibit Dates
Jul 08 To Aug 06

Traditional Textiles: Geometric patterns and designs based on nature are included in an exhibit of textiles from Japan featuring the classic Japanese method of cloth resist-dyeing called Shibori. Since the 8th century, Shibori fabric has been produced by folding, twisting, tying, stitching, or clamping, and then dying in one or more colors. The personal textile collection of Joseph LeBlanc, a Penn College instructor of physics who lived in Japan for eight years, is featured in the exhibit.

Modern Images: Photographs by Kirk Pedersen feature modern-day Tokyo. Japan's largest city is captured through the eyes of an urban landscape artist. The images offer a fresh look at scenes that can be found in the city. Pedersen is a professor of art at Mt. San Antonio College, California, and has spent several semesters in Asia as an invited visiting artist and guest lecturer. His work is included in over 70 public and corporate collections.

Scarf detail, Shibori yokobiki kanoko, silk, 55 in. x 19 in.