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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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Fendi launches ‘Fatto a Mano’ with Hawaii artists

August 15th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Fendi’s Cammy Maheras and vice president for retail Marcos Comazzi welcomed artist Eli Baxter, center, to the Ala Moana Center boutique Aug. 12, during the Hawaii launch of “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future).

Fendi launched its “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future)” design focus in Hawaii Aug. 12, marking a great opportunity for Hawaii artists to collaborate with the luxury house.

After a months-long search, Fendi partnered with wood sculptor Aaron Padilla and rubber sculptor Eli Baxter in the program, which supports work of emerging contemporary artists in expressing the company’s values of craftsmanship and artistry.

Honolulu is the sixth city selected to participate in the initiative, with Miami next in line, according to Marcos Commazi, vice president for retail for Fendi, who was visiting for the event, along with a sizable New York contingent.

After working on their own in preparation for their respective exhibitions, the artists had the opportunity to work in-store alongside Fendi craftsman and Selleria ambassador Ester Di Sarno, who described their work as fantastic.

She said she worked for fashion designers for years before joining Fendi, training in Florence and Milan. In spite of all the previous experience she had, she said it still took her four months to sew a handbag to Fendi’s exacting specifications.

For both Hawaii artists, working with Fendi represented a crash course in learning to incorporate Selleria leather and luxurious fur into their work. For Baxter, that meant blending the leather with recycled rubber from old bicycle tires, creating beautiful floral and conical designs amassed into an installation that looks like a colony of living organisms.

Baxter was at the Ala Moana Fendi Friday and Saturday, while Padilla was at the Royal Hawaiian Center Sunday and you can catch him at work, manipulating wood segments to create his elegant woven and knotted sculptures from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 14.

Eli Baxter’s leather, rubber and fur sculpture was the centerpiece of the Fendi Ala Moana exhibition.

A detail of Eli’s creation above, with another closeup below.

Some of the materials that Eli and Fendi Roman craftsman Ester di Sarno were working with on site.

Baxter’s work displayed with a Fendi flat.

Artist Aaron Padilla with Fendi special events + corporate communications coordinator Emily Huang, Aug.14 at the Royal Hawaiian Center.

Aaron’s large wood-and-leather sculptures on display at Fendi Royal Hawaiian Center.

Fendi Selleria ambassador Ester di Sarno punchedsmall stitching holes into Selleria leather during a demonstration Friday at Fendi’s Ala Moana store. Below, she showed the embossing process Sunday at Royal Hawaiian Center.