Window Gallery Exhibit

The final of our three part series of exhibits is "Dipping into Indigo" - by Diana Sanderson. The exhibition is focusing on indigo and featuring a selection of woven scarves, shibori garments, 3D sculptural work and Sepali wild silks.
In Diana's own words: "I am fascinated and challenged by indigo dyeing and the wide range of results achieved when dyeing various materials from silk to gut. Working with a vat that is alive and unpredictable is a strong contrast to the precision dyeing I have done for decades with acid dyes".
"Dipping into Indigo"
September 1 - October 31, 2022
Silk Weaving Studio Window Gallery

"Shapes" by Joan Namkoong

In September and October, the Silk Weaving Studio is also featuring "Shapes" - the work of Joan Namkoong. Joan lives in Hawaii and has been weaving for 35 plus years. Silk, cotton and linen are the threads that produce her functional textiles - scarves, shawls, towels, runners, placemats, napkins, rugs, all sold at the end of each year. She is a member of the Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui (hui is the Hawaiian word for guild or club) and currently teaches beginners to weave.
Joan shares with us her inspiration and weaving process:

“Shapes” was inspired by postcards of Henry Matisse’s Cutouts. Variations of the colorful and playful forms were drawn on graph paper using a 10 x 11 grid. Color wraps of the 12 colors of silk were done, using 2 colors for each stripe. The yardage is intended for household use as a table or bed runner or upholstery.

“Shapes” was woven on a Gilmakra drawloom using 20 pattern shafts and 6 shafts for the satin ground weave. The damask yardage is comprised of 12 colors of silk plus a black background; 30/2 bombyx silk was used, sourced from Sanjo Silk, Vancouver, Canada. The silk was set at 36 ends per inch, 24 inches wide for a total of 864 ends.The finished piece is 22 x 160 inches. It took about 6 weeks to weave.

“Shapes” was woven for the “Vistas Along the Appalachian Trail” yardage exhibit at the Handweavers Guild of America’s Convergence in Knoxville, Tennessee in July 2022. It received the Guild of Canadian Weavers Nell Steedsman Award."
Online Studio Collection
Our current online collection was selected by Diana, who describes it as such: "Drawing from some of our most recent red warps, knit hats and wool broadcloth garments these pieces were chosen to warm your spirits as we move into the autumn."
"The last couple of collections have focused on the depth and beauty of black, white and neutrals. For this collection I choose to do a 180 and feature rich reds with accents of other saturated colours."   Find it online and at the studio.
An Inspiring Time ...
2015 was a very active year at the Silk Weaving Studio with many visiting artists from Japan with their accompanying exhibits, workshops and lectures at Maiwa Handprints.
Nuno had a major presence with two exhibits and a trunk show. The studio was honoured to host Reiko Sudo - the company's director and chief designer for over 3 decades. Reiko leads by setting the bar high and showing anything imaginable is possible.

Selected Innovations” featured a wide range of Junichi Arai and Nuno pieces on loan from Reiko and the Ann Sutton Collection.

The Ann Sutton Collection of Junichi Arai and Nuno has provided great inspiration over the years for the Silk Weaving Studio artists and the broader textile community.

The influence derived from Nuno and Junichi Arai can be seen below in the weaving of Kate Barber and Diana Sanderson.
Above:  Kate Barber's 3D weaving (left) and Nuno's Futsu (right)
Above: Diana's signature design (left) and Junichi Arai's multiple layered weaves (right)
"Tasty Colours" by Aya Matsunaga was another inspiring exhibition. Her work dispelled any preconceived ideas of what can be made with a knitting machine. Working with silk stainless steel blend to cashmere, Aya creates distinctive wearables. While in Vancouver, she shared her skills with passion and curiosity.
Above: Aya Matsunaga's pieces from the exhibition "Tasty Colours" - October 2015
Did You Know ... that silkworm caterpillars have six real legs, plus five pairs of pseudopods (false legs) on the rear of the body.
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