Aomi Kikuchi

"I am an artist who earnestly learns various knowledge and techniques of textiles, digests them, and takes a unique approach to conventional thinking and methods for creating innovative works."

Shape of Mind - Drawing, Gold Sumi Ink, Canvas 7.62 cm square each

Aomi Kikuchi is a textile artist based in Kyoto, Japan. She holds a BFA from Kyoto University of Art & Design (Japan) and an MFA from Pratt Institute (USA) and is currently an artist in residence at the Textile Arts Center (USA). Aomi has exhibited her work throughout the world including at Today’s Silk Road Exhibition (China), LA Art Show Modern + Contemporary (California), and the annual Japan Contemporary Art and Craft Exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum).

With over 30 years of practice, Aomi has dedicated extensive and immersive practice to Japanese Kimono Haute Couture, Yusen dyeing techniques, and silk fabrics after becoming a fashion designer. This background inspires her artistic exploration and her artwork utilizes various textile materials and techniques including extremely thin fibers, goose down, and cotton flower along with knitting, weaving, embroidery, and other craft techniques.

Aomi’s figurative dyeing, textile installation, and soft sculptures exemplify her intentional selection of materials that are defined by delicacy and brittleness. With this, she aims to express Buddha's philosophy of impermanence, insubstantiality and suffering of all life. Aomi is currently working on a series of large scale installation pieces and sculptures that explore impermanence through the use of biology and nature with textiles. This new work will be on view at the Textile Arts Center in Fall 2020.

 

Chasm - Original Dye Method inspired by Traditional Japanese Yuzen Kimono Dyeing, Layered Silk Organza, Acid dye, Pigment 90 cm square
Transition - Knitting, Embroidery, Linen Yarn, Silk Thread, Goose Down 208 x 218 cm
Female Mosquito - Embroidery, Painting, Silk Gauze, Wire, Pigment, Cotton, Bamboo Hoop 16 cm round
Trace - Embroidery, Silk Thread, Goose, Down, Cotton 68 x 28 cm

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Annukka

"I use recyclable materials and turn them into new stories through painting, drawing, sewing, weaving and embroidering. We are able to feel the memories and stories of past lives that have been lived through recycled materials."

The glass bead game, Triptych (Lasihelmipeli), 2020 - Weaving, painting, sewing, ready made - 212 x 4 x 110 cm Photo by Usva Torkki

The art as a way of expressing yourself

"I develop diary-like textile pieces from materials that are inherited, or already existing pieces from my previous textile experiments and scattered paintings, recycled textiles, cutting boards, driftwoods, stones and shellfish shells. I use recyclable materials and turn them into new stories through weaving, sewing and embroidering. We are able to feel the memories and stories of past lives that have been lived through recycled materials."

Annukka is a Finnish artist, born in 1960 and living in Espoo. She holds degrees in Pedagogy for Visual Arts and Textile arts and Design.

A & Omame, Triptych 2018-20 - Textile/oil painting & pastels, sewing, ready made - 120 x 8 x 110 cm
Still life: The end of the play (Leikinloppu), 2011-2020 - Painting, sewing, ready made - 53 x 15 x 87 cm
Shelter from the Wind (Tuulensuoja)
A ( A & Omame, Triptych 2018-20), The flour sieve with embroidery - Ready made - 21 x 8 x 35 cm

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Aneesha Parrone

“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” - Marc Chagall

"My work is an expression of my intuition. Nature inspires with her vast panorama of diversity."

Window of Opportunity - Tapestry weaving 14 x 12 in.

American Artist, Aneesha Parrone has been a weaver and fiber artist since 1977 when she was selected by the North Carolina Arts Council as a Third Century Artist. Aneesha further studied Weaving at Barton College.

"From the beginning, weaving has been intuitive. Inspiration, for me, is not defined within the parameters of fibers or even the visual arts. I began to experiment with pulling warp threads and embellishing with such materials as sandstone, copper screen, gemstones."

She began to exhibit throughout the state of N. Caroline and nationally and then internationally, expressing a unique style that reflected on her natural surroundings.

"I find my own tapestries connect in an internal dialog as well as with the world of nature and the viewer. My work is a visceral expression of my inspirations."

Her piece, "The Door of Refuge" was published in Best of NC Artists and Artisans, 2006. In addition, two pieces,  "Fallen Angels" and "Waterfall Retreat" were selected for the book Best in America Artists and Artisans, Mixed Media, 2007. “Converging Conversations,” “Door” and “Window of Opportunity” were selected for publication in Best of Worldwide Mixed Media, 2012. Aneesha was selected as a participating artist in the Florence Biennial.

She has learned from master weavers, participated in visual arts programs offered by internationally acclaimed visual and performing artists.

"I have learned the art of raku pottery from Toshio Ohi, 11th generation potter from Japan; puppetry from Hoby Ford, student of Jim Henson; participated in Shakespearean workshops from the NC Shakespeare Festival. I was also selected to serve as educator/coordinator for the international project sponsored by NHK TV/Japan: "Superteacher, James Turell." The integrity of excellence these artists live is integrated into each of my works of art; thus, the essence of all my experiences are woven into my tapestries and writing."

Door of Refuge - Tapestry weaving 24 x 28 in.
Window of Opportunity - Tapestry weaving 14 x 12 in.
Planting Seeds - Tapestry weaving 10 x 12 in.
Door of Refuge - Tapestry weaving 24 x 28 in.

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JIYOUNG KIM

Born in: 1996, South Korea

Lives in: Seoul, Korea

Media: Textile Arts

Describe your work in 3 words: Structural, Experimental, time

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Piece Together - Fabric yarn, Wool, Felt, Acrylic yarn, Bolts, Nuts 220 x 160 x 15 cm

"When making art pieces, I pick materials not only by considering the suitability of theme but also by agonizing with hours of experiments and research. Moreover, I think of ways that could lead the pieces to take up space rather than remaining flat. I tried to add the concept of solidity in the established flat surface of tapestry, so that I could emphasize ‘Objective Effect’."

What themes does your work involve?
I compared the completeness of the day and the period to a puzzle using formative elements. I expressed the psychological comfort and relief that I feel on my way home from my busy life and abstract and structured formative constructs. I tried to make a completed structure as one piece of peace was compared to my ‘day’ and my shape was matched like a puzzle and this gathered. Different shapes and sizes showed that each day is always different and new. After the primary tapestry work, the tapestry of the architectural structure was completed by adding 3 dimensional and linear elements using the off-loom coiling technique. It showed design and structural forms by giving different heights and three-dimensionality of all the different color planes due to the volume and texture of the thread.
Describe your creative process.
In 'Piece Together,' we produced a result that can go beyond a flat work through basic molding elements such as lines and faces to three dimensions. By substituting various colors and expressing the contrast between colors, we created an idea sketch to show the color and a texture sample to show the three-dimensional effect, and specifically composed the details of the work. The motif of the night view taken on the way home is expressed in various colors and abstract forms. In order to record these moments as a work, abstract work was performed using geometric shapes after photographing. I think that the planning and sampling I made before entering the work are also important processes, and it is the beginning of the work from this moment.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
It’s hard to deny that the difficult part of making artwork is to aim at an in-depth approach and analyze ‘The relationship between Textile’s Formativeness and Intention of the Expression’ based on research and experiment of multilateral material rather than focusing only on technique. Analyzing the ‘Diverse possibility of material expression’ and ‘What can be the most efficient way to express intended meaning in pieces’ in terms of diverse perspectives is becoming the new paradigm. It’s never easy to make artwork, but if the plans for my art progress following my own extent, it is relatively convenient to make the outgrowth. And I think the ultimate output when I finish my artwork is feeling the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction particularly based on ‘Agony' and 'Attempt'.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

Recently, the tendency of art is mixed genres and ambiguous division. Following ‘Post-modernism’, the current art field is denying standardized and rigid structure, and trying to reach new styles different from the old paradigm. Moreover, attempts to ‘Decategorization’ and ‘Getting out from the textural interpretation of scriptures’ are increasing, which leads to experimental attempts with a variety of materials in different perspectives. This shows that ‘Fusion Art’ is the rising star in the modern society of art.

I think that it is important to become the opportunity for new possibilities of beauty and the soul of plastic experimentalists regardless of particularly structured genres. Therefore, these attempts ultimately led us to step up for the field of ‘Total Art’ and then 'Good Art'.

What is the role of the artist today?
I would like to be an artist who communicates my thoughts and beliefs with the world through my own artistic sense. I strongly believe that the most prestigious factor to appeal one’s own pieces are to attach new media and methods that change the paradigm of fixed thoughts and expression in art. For example, understanding customary acts or connotative meaning in culture would be ‘new’ to those who are not from this own country nor living on this earth. Because for those who are not used to that particular atmosphere or hard to understand that particular context, the approach to understanding this particular theme would be interpreted as ‘New attempt’ or ‘Challenge’, which would lead to higher engagement in art pieces.

 


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Riitta Nelimarkka

"Love your work, enjoy dialogue, stay curious and experiment new ideas. Let yourself be self-critical, but not at the beginning of the project. think everything is possible and never give up. Take care of your beloved and nosce te ipsum - know yourself."

An Outsider, Camus, 1990 - Wool relief 220 x 250 x 3 cm

Professor Riitta Nelimarkka’s multifacetedness makes her one of the most exciting Finnish visual artists. Her art is characterized by a fearless use of colour and form, as well as virtuoso drawing skills and using music in her art.

She has studied painting in Paris, animation and photography in Stockholm, art history and music theory at the Helsinki University and piano performance at the Sibelius Academy.  Nelimarkka holds a doctorate degree in the arts (AALTO University Helsinki, 2001). She has received the honorary title professor from the president of Finland 2008. She has held several positions of trust a.o. been the chairman of Nelimarkka-Foundation since 1987.

During years Riitta Nelimarkka has written 20 books: art books, children's books, poetry, made several films, f.i. the first feature animation of Finland Seven Brothers, has had major exhibitions at venues including Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki; Kunsthalle Helsinki; Wäinö Aaltonen museum, Turku ,Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm; Museo de la Nacion, Lima, the Russian Academy of Arts’ Tsereteli Art Gallery, Moscow, EXPO 2000 in Hannover; FIDM Museum, Los Angeles, La Maison de l´Amerique de Monaco and Maison de l’Europe, Paris. Bonga Castle, an aristocratic building that she has renovated with her husband, Jaakko Seeck, in Loviisa, near Helsinki also houses a permanent exhibition of some three hundred works.

Nelimarkka has received numerous awards and prizes at international biennales and film festivals. In 2016 she was awarded by the Order of France with the distinction of Officier des Arts et Lettres.

Happiness Allowed, 2010 - Wool relief 175 x 235 x 3,5 cm
La Valse, Variation 3/3, 2019 - Photomontage on plexi 90 x 140 x 25 cm
Good Lord, I Still Like Them!, 2016 - Serigraphy 25 x 35 cm
Inventing a Butterfly 1/3, 2019 - Photomontage on aluminum 90 x 140 x 2,5 cm

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Alicja Kozlowska

Born in: 2000, Poland

Lives in: Poland

Media: Sculpture, Mixed media, Textile Arts, Crafts

Describe your work in 3 words: Unique Modern Independent

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Andy - Embroidered felt sculpture 14 x 21 x 17 cm

"Painting by sewing for me is the format to address deeply negative, culturally constructed indifference. From Duchamp and Warhol I learned the relationship between handicraft and mass production, and between works of art and every day consumable commodities."

What themes does your work involve?
Creating sculptures, my goal is to make the recipient realize that art is contained in every, the most obvious object and creates a unique work out of it, even in the mass reception zone. Despite the fact that mainstream pop art is considered as out of date, drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol's works, I made a banana peel, to indicate that this trend despite the lack of interior art, can still sounding in life and work. "Andy" work is my look at today's pop art.
Describe your creative process.
It’s very intuitive. There is no plan behind. It’s a raw art process. The creative process in my head is breaking down the object into the first parts, mixing colors and shadows to let my hands start to work with thread.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I'm inspired by daily life, everyday objects, mass culture, things to which we do not pay special attention, which are an indispensable part of our everyday life. It all intertwines with Pop Art. It's kind of infected in a positive sense. I've always been inspired by Andy Warhol and Pop Art. What in Warhol's works captivated me the most is the utter elegance and directness of his paintings — his ability to distill a world of information out of a picture through minimal but brilliant intervention.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
In everything, there is a bit of ART. The challenge is to discover it, compose and order it. There is no universal formula to create a piece of art, a great art. Everyone has to find their own path. It’s like a composing music, you have to find a proper balance between the sound and the silence, between harmony and melody.
What is the role of the artist today?
Arts should reflect on different issues and contexts (socio-economic, political, cultural) in order to be understood and enjoyed by societies. Artists play an important social role performing independently of large corporations, governments or political groups.


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Tereza Ordyan

“Cosmos Gives Creative Power To The Creator”

Desert Still-Life - Cold batik on silk 90 x 90 cm

Tereza Ordyan was born in 1982 in Yerevan, Armenia. She studied at Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Design and Decorative- Applied Arts (1999-2004) and was qualified as a painter-stylist. Tereza participated in several exhibitions during her student years. In 2004, some of her works were displayed at Heritage Museum, Massachusets, USA and she held her first solo exhibition in 2007 at Academy Gallery, Yerevan. The same year she participated in a show at  Municipality of Yerevan.

Ordyan has been taking part in national exhibitions since 2008 with the Artist's Union of Armenia which she became a member of in 2009. International exhibitions include ARvesT Expo'15-'19. From 2015 to 2018 she participated in a series of shows organized by Studio Abba in Paris (2015), San Donato in Poggio (2016), Miami (2016), Florence (2018) and Monte Carlo (2018). In 2017, Ordyan participated in the JUNWEX Yerevan Show at Meridian Expo Center. In 2019, she participated in WorldArtDubai 2019 at Dubai World Trade Centre and Spring Art Awakening in Barcelona organized by Crisolart Galleries.

Shining World - Cold batik on silk 90 x 90 cm
Fairy Tale - Cold batik on artificial fabric 50 x 50 cm
Ether - Cold batik on silk 90 x 90 cm
Mandala - Cold batik on artificial fabric 50 x 50 cm

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