Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

SOLD OUT: Workshop: Kimono, Origami, and Modules

Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, fiber artist and educator

Friday, March 24, 10 AM–4 PM
Saturday, March 25, 10 AM–4 PM

Join master fiber artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada for an intensive two-day workshop inspired by Japanese kimono, folk dress, and the art of paper folding (origami). Participants will learn how to interpret two-dimensional material, namely cloth and paper, into three-dimensional wearable and utilitarian objects through folding, minimal cutting, and straight stitching. Squares, rectangles, and triangles are modular units that give foundations to the construction and structure of three-dimensional objects and kinetic wearable sculptures—such tops, jackets, dresses, or bags. Vintage kimono, folk dress, utilitarian containers, and cutting-edge fashion items (such as Issey Miyake’s 132 5) will be used to illustrate the transformation of dimensions. Participants will see unlimited variations emerge from this experiment.

This program is sold out. Return to the museum calendar for a list of other programs.

Participants will need to bring the following materials:

  • Needles, cotton or cotton covered threads in different colors, fabric scissors, thimble, pencil or fugitive pen to mark design on fabric, masking tape, straight pins, string, metric straight edge (a meter or 48 inches)
  • Fabric: 1 - 3 meters of lightweight polyester organza or/and crisp thin polyester in any pale color or pattern
  • You are welcome to bring any kimono or kimono cloth (width: 38 cm/ approx. 14” wide) in your possession. 1 kimono bolt is usually 12 meters long (13 yards). Full bolt is not required; any length will work.
  • Note book +pen, and sample of clothing, ethnic straight cut or ultra-modern geometric,  to share with the class
  • Sewing machine of your own (optional)