Last night, as part of the "Two Cultures One Spirit" Japan/Wisconsin Arts Exchange (aka "Japan On The Road," like it says on my new t-shirt), my mom and I attended an art exhibit and reception with demonstrations, and a presentation of silk Kinukoromo (kimonos) by Fumiko Nozaki, at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay. Textiles in the exhibit included the quilted silk hanging at left and Minoru Ishihara's "Spirit Garden," the hand-dyed/marbled piece at right.
The fabric marbling demo was fascinating. Here, Minoru is using a straw to blow the dye around on a surface of water. He also employed various sticks, brushes and combs. At one point, nearly finished, he didn't like what was happening, so he pulled the dye off with newsprint and started over. (And, you know, it looked just fine to the peanut gallery.)
You may recall that DH was to model in the kimono presentation. I can't even describe how beautiful and luxurious his garment was. The richness of the silks and colors and patterns were breathtaking. I can't imagine the cost of one of these -- I heard $10,000 in passing. It was all just spectacular and I guess the pictures do the talking...
The first large photo above was taken at the end of the presentation, and the second was a group shot taken in the gallery. Let me just say that there are many visual artists in this group who could moonlight quite successfully as performance artists! Not my DH, thanks, but some of the others.
I will have more pictures tomorrow. The kimono show goes on the road for a repeat performance tomorrow evening in Madison (Memorial Union, 5:00). If you're in that area, catch it if you can; you won't be disappointed. This afternoon -- this very chilly afternoon -- they're all headed to Waupaca for a fall color boat tour on the Chain O' Lakes and then a pot-luck supper. I think they'll be raiding the closet and layering up in flannel rather than silk today! Our temperature did indeed fall quite far, but it is quite sunny -- it's a nice fall day.