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Akihiko Izukura textile workshops slated

January 10th, 2012

Courtesy Academy Art Center at Linekona
Textiles by Akihiko Izukura will be available for sale during a trunk show at the Ilikai. The textile artist is in town for a exhibitions and a series of workshops.

The Academy Art Center at Linekona is offering a series of workshops with
Akihiko Izukura, a natural textile artist with an international reputation for striking textile installations and fashion garments.

Through his work, Izukura emphasizes sustainability and the preservation of our environment for future generations. His guiding philosophies are “compassion for life²” and “zero waste.”

During the workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn Izukura’s techniques of natural dyeing, reeling, weaving, netting, braiding and twining. His dyeing incorporates extracts from walnut, madder, clove and logwood, with energy from the sun.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with an exhibition of his work, “Life in Colors in Hawaii 2012,” taking place Jan. 17 to 27 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 at the Academy Art Center at Linekona.

In addition, he will be presenting a trunk show, with textiles, scarves and some of his zero-waste creations, from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Ilikai Hotel & Suites, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., suite 2210.

One of Akihiko Izukura’s braiding scarves.

Here are the workshops:

Jan. 18
Braiding Scarf: Learn sun-dyeing and braiding techniques. Use double-dyed accordion
tapes of 100 percent silk to create three colorful strands that will be braided
together to make a scarf. From 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.; $125.

Jan 19
Netting Scarf: Dye two pieces of silk fabric, cut and net to make a silk scarf. From 9 a.m. to noon; $80.

An example of reeling fibers by hand.

Jan. 20 and 21
Reeling: Learn reeling techniques with silk thread. To start, students will construct a form from cardboard and plastic wrap. Silk thread is then reeled onto this form and starched. The silk sculpture is then removed from the form. A demonstration of reeling
directly from silkworm cocoons will be provided. From 9 a.m. to noon; cost of two sessions is $160.

Zero-Waste Fashion Design: Workshop focuses on sustainability in fashion design, using natural materials. Students will experience sun-dyeing with a silk tube textile.
The silk tube will then be used to create a zero-waste garment. Students should bring their own sewing machines or needles and threads for hand-sewing. From 1 to 5 p.m., two sessions, $300.

Feb. 8 to 10
Eight Ceremonial Methods of Dyeing and Weaving: This workshop will explore the theory of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Make yarn by hand (reeling, spinning and plying) from silk and hemp, then sun-dye them. Students will set the warp on original Izukura handlooms and experiment with techniques of netting, braiding and weaving. From 9 a.m. to ­ 1 p.m.;cost of three sessions is $300.

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Closet Swap marks 5th year of giving and shopping frenzy

October 21st, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

The Class of …? Women in “Super Hero or Super Villain” guise, dressed in a mixture of clothing, newspapers and magazines in an attempt to beat fellow competitors to be first to enter Closet Swap Oct. 16.

Women came wearing heels and carrying big bags to the annual Fashionista’s Market Closet Swap at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii on Oct. 16. The event’s 5th anniversary was the biggest yet, drawing double the usual number of attendees, at 260, which may be also be a sign of the tough economic times, pushing more to swap their old clothes for something new- or at least new to them.

The 260 women generally donated 9,298 pieces of clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories to the event, with women able to pick up as many pieces as they contributed. Sandra Fernandez won a prize for most contributions, at 169 pieces.

The event raised funds for the Leeward Domestic Abuse Shelter, and garments remaining after the event are also donated to the shelter.

Fashionista’s Market’s Anita Clemente, left, and Alyssa Fung presided over the festivities, with tears at times as they spoke about the specter of domestic violence and all the good carried out by organizations such as the Leeward Domestic Abuse Shelter that was the beneficiary of the day’s events.

Some of the oversize T-shirt donations were picked up by local designer Cassandra Rull, who was standing by with her sewing machine to transform them into prettier wearables. Those first to her table were able to pick out the best designs. She transformed a Hope for Japan T-shirt into a cute halter dress for me. It’s amazing how fast she worked, and that she was able to accommodate all who were interested.

At the opposite end of the table, jewelry designer Kihwa Kwon Gosline of Studio Bijoux Hawaii was helping women to transform their old jewelry into new pieces. For those who hadn’t brought anything, she was designing new jewelry on the spot, with findings and pieces from costume jewelry.

After a fortifying breakfast of fruit, scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage and rice, the women were ready for action. But first, there was a contest to see just who would be able to enter the swap first for, presumably, the best stuff.

This year’s contest was to dress one person at each table as a Super Hero or Super Villain. Of course most, if not all, the women opted to be Super Heroes, whether a super mom or super fashionista aiming to rid the world of bad fashion. I was one of four judges, and it’s always such a tough call because there’s so much energy and enthusiasm that goes into creating the costumes with a few pieces of clothing, newspapers and magazine pages. This year, judges opted for the cleaner, tailored look of winners I know only as “Bang Bang” and “Immaculate Designer Girl.”

The women at both their tables were allowed 5 minutes early entry to the sale, before maximum craziness ensued.

Friends could pose for photos in the Kreative Photo Booth. At one point, I saw more than 10 women emerge at once.

Kihwa Kwon Gosline created a jewelry piece for Cassie Saylor.

Women lined up to have a piece of clothing refashioned for them by Cassandra Rull, whose creations can be found at Fashionista’s Market. (more…)