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Lecture: A brief overview of kumihimo through the centuries — from traditional to contemporary interpretations

  • October 13, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Thread Lab 6545 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs CO


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Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique with examples dating back to the 4th century BC.  In this presentation Giovanna Imperia, a kumihimo artist from Texas will take a quick look at this tradition from its earliest examples to contemporary interpretations.

Giovanna has been experimenting with this ancient technique for over 1o years. She has sought out unusual materials and techniques to push the boundaries of the art form. Giovanna will have inspiring examples of traditional and non-traditional braids for you to see, touch and admire.
As an extra treat Giovanna will be offering some of her incredible fibers and unique materials for sale after the lecture.

Artist Bio:
I have always been interested in fiber as a creative medium, and my creative work has been focused on the tactile and organic nature of fiber and related materials.  The work I have done during the years has been pushing the boundaries of the expected definition of body adornment and 3D objects.  This has often been accomplished by actively involving the user through the concept of “transformation” – the idea of actively engaging the user with shaping and transforming the art piece.  Thus making the user part of the creative process.
Throughout this exploration I became interested in materials that would allow me to push the boundaries of texture and three-dimensionality.  This search took me first to wire and then other materials such as active yarns and plastics. Giovanna Imperia Designs was established in Houston in 2008 as a small offshoot of my textile design work – a place where other textile artists could find the unusual materials I have been using.  
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