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The following classes are offered in partnership with the Hawaii Japanese Center and supported by TEMARI's Joyce Wright Visiting Artists Program.

New Wave Kimono
Ann Asakura

6/20  9:00 am - Noon &
6/21  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Class Fee:  $90
Hawaii Japanese Center

70 years ago in Chinatown, Musashiya, The Shirt Maker sold men's shirts made from cotton yukata fabric.  40 years ago Sumiko Biller sold camisoles from kimono in a tiny shop next to Lewers & Cook, now home of KHON-TV2.  A little later, Julie Lauster of Soiree meticulously reformed kimono into elegant palettes of silk vests and dresses.  In the early 1980s Patti Yamasaki with her late mother, Janet, opened Montsuki.  This design studio continues to create one-of-a-kind kimono couture with unparalled, exquisite craftsmanship.  Elaine Costello and daughter Lue Zimmelman took classes at TEMARI and gently replaced Mr. Costello’s TV repair business with “sewn things”, Nui Mono. The Moiliili shop offers distinctive wearables made from kimono, Asian cottons, hand-printed fabrics and celebrates its 35th year.
From the first TEMARI newsletter, Spring 1979, here is the Adapting the Kimono class description:
“The traditional Japanese garment can be restyled into Western clothing.  This course touches on the kimono's history, its weaving and dyeing, and its changing decorative patterns.  With respect for the kimono's long heritage, we will convert the 15" wide, 15-yard long fabric into a unique addition to your wardrobe.  You will receive instruction on sewing pattern selection, economical cutting methods and hand finishing methods." 
36 years later, the above description is still appropriate.  In addition, you will:
-       Gain an appreciation for the kimono's timeless qualities and its geometric structure that allows reconstruction into Western fashions. 
-       Learn basic fiber identification methods, dyeing and weaving terminology and a design approach to "frame" kimono pieces with Western fabrics.
-       Make a wearable piece.
Bring: Kimono, haori, yukata, jinbei, hakama, furoshiki and/or other Asian garments, as well as, 3-5 pieces of solid colored fabrics, about 1/2 yd each. Also. basic hand sewing supplies and sewing patterns for your “dream” piece.  On Sunday, a portable sewing machine would be helpful and a contribution to our potluck brunch.

Required:  Basic hand and machine sewing skills.

The following classes are offered in partnership with the Hawaii Japanese Center and supported by TEMARI's Joyce Wright Visiting Artists Program.

Simple Sashiko-I
June Hirano

7/25  Saturday, 9:00 am - Noon
Class Fee:  $45
Hawaii Japanese Center

Sashiko is a practical Japanese sewing method for stitching together layers of fabric.  Traditionally, only white thread was stitched onto indigo dyed cotton in formal patterns, named for animals, clouds and ocean waves.

June Hirano developed this class to share a contemporary perspective to sashiko.  You will learn an up/down and in/out stitching method.  Using various types of multi-hued threads, you will combine fabrics or just stitch on one layer.  June was inspired by craftspeople she met while visiting their studios during TEMARI’s Mingei Folk Arts Tours to Japan.  She saw their clothing and their interior accessories of noren split curtains, zabuton floor cushions, even dishtowels, embellished with multicolored threads.

June will show samples from her vintage textile collection of sashiko-stitched pieces, from Japan and other countries.  You will be encouraged to even change thread colors whenever you feel like it and create new patterns.

Bring:  Fabrics that you like (An important part of class is to hear suggestions for sashiko designs from your classmates.), scissors, pins.

Supply Fee:  $10 for design instructions, sashiko needle, imported sashiko threads, other types of threads, practice fabrics.

Pre-requisite: ability to sew a running stitch.

Simple Sashiko-II
June Hirano

7/26  Sunday, 9:00 am - Noon
Class Fee:  $45
Prerequisite:  Sashiko Basics or Simple Sashiko I
Hawaii Japanese Center

Make a simple blouse embellished with sashiko stitching.  Apply your sashiko stitching techniques to a patterned fabric.  The goal in this class is to know where to stitch, in what color, in what pattern, and most important, when to stop stitching.

Bring:  scissors, pins, basting thread and minimum 4 yds of cotton fabric, preferably prewashed Japanese yukata because the traditional 13”-14” width is perfect for a blouse.

Supply Fee: $10 for needles, imported sashiko threads.

Pre-requisite:  Ability to sew a running stitch.

The following classes are offered in partnership with the Lyon Arboretum in Manoa Valley,
please register with the Aboretum, 988-0456.

Making ‘Ohe Kapala
Moana Eisele and Kamalu DuPreez

July 18 Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lyon Arboretum

Indigo Dyeing Basics
Ann Asakura 

August 1 Saturday 9:00 am - Noon
Lyon Arboretum

V I S I T I N G . A R T I S T
Akemi Cohn

"Stitched Stories"
Akemi Nakano Cohn

Friday, 6–9 pm, October 9
Sunday, 9 am–2 pm, October 11
2 sessions / $130 + $15 supply fee
paid to instructor
Honolulu Museum of Art School

Akemi Cohn, graduate of Tama Art University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, has tailored this workshop for students who wish to create their own stories on fabrics.  Cohn will show students how to illustrate their own stories with several techniques:  monoprinting, working with a water soluble stabilizer and stitching directly on to fabrics.   Experience with sashiko stitching,“little stabs” in Japanese, is helpful but not as important as hand-sewing a straight stitch.  Supply fee covers fabric ink, transfer agents and some fabrics.  Presented in partnership with TEMARI, Center for Asian & Pacific Arts with support from its Joyce Wright Visting Artist Program.
Cohn resides in Chicago where she is on the faculty of Lillstreet Studio. She maintains an intense teaching and exhibition schedule:  Maiwa (Canada), Zijdelings (Holland), Haystack, Penland and international Surface Design conferences. You can view her work at, www.akemistudio.com.
Please register directly with the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
Registration begins August 4. 
Phone, 532-8741, or go to  www.honolulumuseum.org

Itajime Shibori:
Folded & Twisted Shibori

October 13 & 14,
Tuesday and Wednesday
Lyon Arboretum

Continue your affair with indigo dyeing and learn new Shibori, resist, methods. Visiting Artist Akemi Cohn will teach the Nejiri and Itajime techniques, Japanese for twisted and folded. Students will manipulate cotton, silk and linen around a small PVC plastic pipe and learn how to control the twisting to make a variety of resist patterns. Folding the fabrics into various shapes also produces resisted patterns. Dipping and submerging the twisted and folded fabrics into the indigo vat several times creates harmonious shades of irresistible blue; pale morning sky to midnight dark navy.

Cohn studied traditional indigo dyeing in Kyoto and graduated from Tama University and Cranbrook Academy. She maintains her indigo vat in her Chicago basement, at just the right temperature. She also felts and sashiko stitches. She adds, “Although indigo dyeing has been applied to clothes and interior decorations for over 700 years in Japan, indigo blues appear contemporary in our modern lifestyle.”

This class is in partnership with the Lyon Arboretum. Please register with the Arboretum at 988-0456.

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