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An Ancient Technique has a Fresh Audience at Lasell

January 27, 2016

A new exhibit featuring creative examples of Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding, by a group of international artists opens at the Wedeman Gallery February 2.

The exhibit, entitled Twisted Again: The New Kumihimo, is the first US show to feature this work from six different artists from around the globe. The exhibit runs from February 2 to February 20 and will display more than 50 examples of the ancient technique. The exhibit is free and open to the public, with an artist reception on Sunday, February 7, from 4-6 pm.

Kumihimo was originally used by ancient peoples throughout the world. This technique, which showcases natural fibers interlaced on the bias to create sturdy bands, belts and chords, allowed nomads to pack and carry their possessions. The Japanese perfected this distinct method of braiding, devising complex designs featuring multiple colors and patterns. It is estimated that today, fewer than 100 artists, world-wide, practice at the most advanced levels of Kumihimo.

Featured artists at the Twisted Again exhibit include:

Jacqui Carey, Devon, UK
Jennie Parry, Leicester, UK
Lyn Christiansen, MA, US (curator)
Hiroko Ojima Kochi, Japan
Makiko Tada, Tokyo, Japan
Helen Vonow, Adelaide, Australia

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 1-4 pm. The gallery is located in Yamawaki Art & Cultural Center, 47 Myrtle Ave. Newton, MA 02466

For information visit the gallery website at: