Sunday, November 12, 2017

Scraps Patchwork Workshop

On Thursday, 11/9/2017 a group of us took a workshop at the 
GWU Textile Museum. 
This workshop and the lecture that followed was in conjunction 
with one of the current exhibits at the museum,
 As we walked into the workshop room we were faced with hundreds
 of pieces of beautiful Nuno fabrics. 
Three artists were shown in the Scraps show and 
Reiko Sudo was one as well as being our instructor for the day.
She gave us each one instruction sheet and then we were 
to choose 7 pieces of fabric to create our own scarf.
This is when we would have liked to spend a day just choosing 
from so many beautiful fabrics. We were like children at a candy store.
I wish I could have photographed the long tables full of all our choices.
 I finally had to choose, although I could have spent all day choosing, 
and then began laying out and rearranging my choices on the floor.
 We did have to stop choosing and taking things back and choosing 
different fabrics again and again because we had to sew it in one day.
Pictured below is my table of four sewing or deciding to sew.
 Scissors, and threads were provided and all we had to do was create.
 Several hours later Reiko and a helper
 (wearing a beautiful Nuno fabric jacket)
started laying out each person's scarf. Here they have arranged 
my finished scarf to be photographed
 They did this for everyone.
 Below, you will see the legs of another helper wearing 
an Issey Miyake jeans design. Very unusual seaming 
when you saw them from the back. 
Sorry but I did not get a picture of him.

 My only photo of a group of scarves, but......
Here is Reiko taking pictures of all of the scarves.

In the evening, she had a lecture for the members of the museum.
Reiko Sudo is the director of Nuno in Tokyo and told us of the 
beginnings of the company and showed photos 
of the development through the years. 
Nuno is primarily interested, now, in using everything with no waste. 
Reiko used the outer-most layer of the silk worm (kibiso)
as an example of waste that previously had been thrown away. 
She continued to work with this thrown away material. 
First she made a paper of it, and now it may be used in screens.
Reiko works at developing and using materials so there is no waste. 
She gave us more examples and is an example herself....
we won't forget her and this philosophy.

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