Kasuri Textiles on Display; “Japanese Inspired” Debuts

Kodo Arts Warehouse Show

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LeeAnn Brook Fine Art Hosts Exhibition & Sale “Japanese Inspired”

Kasuri is the Japanese word for textiles that have been woven with fibers that have been dyed explicitly in order to create geometric patterns and images in the fabric. It is the Japanese method for the ikat technique. Very earthy and organic, the indigo dyed blue and white patterns are amazingly art deco and were used for work coats and pants by farmers in the countryside, cotton kimonos, futon covers and daily fabrics in the home. Even diapers in the old days.

Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques has been collecting Japanese Kasuri textiles for the past 30 years and will have a display from their collection for exhibition and sale at their upcoming show MAY 5-MAY 13, 2018 at the Kodo Arts Warehouse in Nevada City, CA.

In modern Japan, home weaving is a forgotten talent and now days kasuri textiles are dyed and woven only in a few arts and crafts workshops, encouraged with the aid of government subsidies. Some of the kasuri textile artists have been designated “living national treasures”. Antique kasuri textiles, hand woven from hand spun thread and dyed with natural indigo are becoming more difficult to find as time presses. In the not too distant future, we may only rarely see exceptional kasuri textiles in museums and private collections.

The few remaining antique kasuri textiles that still trickle out of the Japanese grandmother’s cedar chest are truly rare and represent rapidly vanishing treasures from a glorious past. Kodo Arts will be open from 10am-6pm daily during their spring Japanese Antiques Show MAY 5-MAY 13, Mother’s Day. The Kodo Arts Warehouse is open to the public only twice a year. Located at 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959. 530-478-0812. www.kodo-arts.com

Concurrently with the Kodo Arts Warehouse Show, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art in downtown Nevada City will be hosting an exhibition and sale called “Japanese Inspired” featuring contemporary and classic pottery pieces from the Kodo Arts Japanese Antique ceramic collection May 4-27. The show will include the ceramics curated with Ikebana designs (Japanese floral arrangements), mixed media paintings by LeeAnn Brook, and large format Japanese calligraphy art by Miyu Tamamura. Opening reception is Friday, May 4, from 5-7 p.m., with Japanese ceramics expert Larry Ortiz giving a brief talk at 6 p.m. LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is located at 300 Spring St. in downtown Nevada City, open Wed.-Sun., 12-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Opened in 2015, LeeAnn Brook Fine Art is one of the first artist-owned gallery and on-site studio in Nevada County, California. The gallery features Brook’s mixed media paintings, sculpted wood vessels, ceramics, textiles, handblown glass, handcrafted furniture and Japanese antiques. The gallery incorporates the working studio of LeeAnn Brook, where visitors can see paintings in progress and discuss the art with the artist firsthand.

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