Gallery and visual arts

  • Maiwa Lectures: Making Sense of Nonsense, Tilleke Shwarz

    Tilleke Schwarz hails from the Netherlands where she stitches visually poetic “maps of modern life.” In her engagement with contemporary life, her work is reminiscent of graffiti. But unlike graffiti on her work is hand-embroidered with the finest of stitches. In this lecture Tilleke will focus on her life and art. Sources of inspiration and favoured techniques (including couching, cross stitch, and appliqué) will come together as this renowned artist interprets the world through stitch and thread. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: African Blues: My Life in Indigo, Gasali Adeyemo

    For the Yoruba of Nigeria, blue is the colour of celebration. Indigo-dyed textiles are worn at naming ceremonies and weddings. Indigo itself is considered a medicine with a potent power to heal. Gasali Adeyemo will take the audience on a journey through his artistic development and the pivotal role indigo has played. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture starts at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Animating Pattern, Jane Callender

    Join master shibori artist Jane Callender as she describes her development and artistic influences – from her grandfather’s Egyptian garments to her work on pattern development for her recent book, 2,000 Patterns. She will talk about the importance of pattern and how creating it is a distinctive discipline with a set of rules and innovations. She will also share some of the secrets of her shibori technique and indigo dyeing practice. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Art Quilt Maps, Valerie Goodwin

    Internationally known for pushing art quilts into new cartographic territory, Valerie Goodwin’s award winning works are inspired by her love of maps, aerial views, and landscapes and her diagrammatic re-interpretation of cities. Join Valerie for an illustrated discussion of her artistic development, her approach to composition, and her method of working for commissions. Her challenge of trying to rethink the graphic sensibility of architecture through the fibre arts makes for an engaging and thought-provoking talk. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Expressing Impossibility, Joan Morris

    Collections provide first-hand access to pieces. But what is the advantage of seeing a textile in person rather than in a photo or online? For internationally renowned textile artist Joan Morris the first-hand experience brings her into direct contact with her muse. Join her as she shows her own work and describes its development in the context of visits to museums in the USA, France, and India. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Layers of Light, Kyoko Ueda

    Kyoto textile artist, Kyoko Ueda, has made extensive use of kinusha – a stiff, loosely woven silk gauze historically used in Japan as a reinforcement on mulberry paper stencils. Working through an inspired layering technique, Kyoko has made three-dimensional forms that are sometimes geometric, sometimes anatomical, sometimes about garments and clothing, and sometimes just about whimsy. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: My Forest is a Garden, Rutsuko Sakata

    Japanese textile artist Rutsuko Sakata first discovered felted textiles while studying weaving in Finland. Upon her return to Japan she encountered a 1200-year-old felted carpet at Shosoin, the Emperor’s treasury. Since then she has dedicated her life to felt.
    Join Rutsuko Sakata as she describes her unique artistic journey, lived equally in the Fiskars community of Finland and her home studio in Kyoto, Japan. She will describe her inspiration and how her passion for felt has grown over the years to the point where she is now innovating with colour and silk-felt combinations. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture starts at 7:45pm.

    Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Pretty Deadly, Michael Brennand-Wood

    Michael Brennand-Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles today. In this new lecture he will consider the mechanisms by which individuals process images and how choices of colour or material can make something more palatable and initially less disturbing. Increasingly, Michael’s works are a form of Trojan horse: from a distance they are familiar and attractive, but their real meaning is embedded within their construction. Pretty Deadly will focus on selected key themes mapping the development of his work, including exhibition, commission, residences, and public art projects. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Return to the Illustrated Stitch, Janet Bolton

    Janet Bolton’s lectures have a profound effect on people – be they seasoned makers or those who have never held a needle. Her impact is in part due to the strong connection between her life and imagery. Deceptively simple, Janet’s patchwork illustrations have led to an international reputation and a teaching schedule that criss-crosses the globe. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

  • Maiwa Lectures: Serene Sensibility – Threads of Light

    Join Noriko Narahira for a celebration of her creative spirit and her life in art. Noriko draws her creative inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture. Built without solid interior walls, a Japanese house is partitioned through the addition of paper screens. It is this sense of dividing space with insubstantial, often translucent materials that forms the core of her sensibility. For more information visit www.maiwa.com. Doors open at 7:30pm, lecture begins at 7:45pm. Takes place in the Net Loft.

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