The Kimono Redux: Workshops with author and artist Junko Matsushita, March 22nd
(pictured: samples of Junko's v-neck blouse in the upper left corner and the shrug in the lower right corner)
Please join us in welcoming Osaka author and artist Junko Matsushita to KOBO Japantown, where she will teach two upcycled kimono workshops. The Japanese kimono was created in the Heian era and has been large part of Japanese culture for more than 1200 years. Junko recognizes the collective nostalgia for the function and art of the kimono, and offers her ideas in creating a new piece from the traditional garment.
Participants will be hand-sewing Japanese fabrics. Junko will give tips on working with the traditional Japanese fabric width (43 inches), how to take apart a kimono or other items to be re-fashioned, and other ideas on recycling fashion. The class will choose from a variety of kimono fabric from Junko's collection.
Junko's philosophy is to create clothes of the future, while considering the past.
There are two workshops to choose from on Sunday, March 22nd. Please specify which workshop you want to signup for:
Workshop #1 - V-neck blouse: 10am-12pm
Workshop #2 - Shrug: 2-4pm
Cost: $220 (includes workshop fee + tax, textiles)
Class size is limited. Register by March 15th at KOBO Capitol Hill or Japantown, by calling (206) 381-3000.
Junko Matsushita started her label "Wrap Around R" (Wrap Around Robe) in 2005. Based in Osaka, Japan, she has published books on her patterns, is featured in magazines and on television programs in Japan. She also offers classes and workshops at her studio called Rojiroom, a renovated 80 year old Machiya (townhouse) in Osaka.
(Photo of one of Junko Matsushita's books from Wrap Around R's Facebook page)