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from function to form

upcoming solo exhibition in Japan by Diana Sanderson

Diana is branching out – both geographically and artistically. She is pleased to announce that she will be exhibiting new work in a solo show at the Konishi Gallery, Kyoto Japan commencing November 23, 2019.
Diana has departed from her previous work by combining new materials and new forms with the continuing evolution of her exploration of silk and colour. While ondule weavings that exhibit her trademark mastery of the use of hand dyed silk yarns will comprise part of the show, they will be complemented by her new passion – three dimensional sculptures using gut spread over wire forms.To create these sculptures Diana has called upon decades of learning how dyes, and in recent years, natural dyes in particular are absorbed by silk yarns to create  the luminous beauty so distinctive in silk textiles. She has discovered that gut similarly accepts natural dyes and the three dimensional forms she has been developing allow her to fully show off its remarkable qualities in that regard.

The show is called from Tsutsumu-Form to Function and explores how the characteristics of the material dictate the shape of the functional objects created from them. The elasticity of the gut and the flexibility but strength of the wire forms allow the creation of pods that capture and transform space into coloured, luminous forms that are themselves contained in enclosures from conventional basketry in unusual shapes to delicate wrappings using the finest of wild silk fibre from Madagascar. These three dimensional forms are contrasted with more traditional two dimensional woven cloth where the experimental is expressed by the curved lines introduced through the Ondule weaving technique that Diana has recently been employing. The result is a body of work that celebrates the objects themselves, the materials from which they are made and the function they perform.

Holding this first major show of her new work in Japan reflects the strong influence her dozen trips there have had on her artistic sensibilities. The reverence for materials, the importance of form, and the use of colour and shadow in Japanese art have all been formative forces. That said, she hopes to be able to show the result of her new found interest closer to home and will look for opportunities to display her new work to domestic audiences in the future.
Konishi Gallery
Hanami-koji Street.
570-121 Gionmachi Minamigawa
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-City.

For more details, visit Diana's page at

1531 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3R9

604-687-7455   |

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