HPU Events

Natural textile artist demonstrates craft

April 08, 2013 03:30 PM - April 08, 2013 05:00 PM

Location: UB 212 (1164 Bishop Street)

Event Type: Art demonstration

Akihiko Izukura
Akihiko Izukura (courtesy photo)

Renowned natural textile artist Akihiko Izukura will be at Hawai‘i Pacific University on Monday, April 8, for a special silk art presentation.

Izukura is the sixteenth generation of a family of brocade weavers in traditional Kyoto, Japan. After leaving his business to his sons, he is more involved in the field of contemporary textile art. His theme is sustainability and compassion for life in nature. He will demonstrate his artistry at HPU, in UB 212, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Izukura will demonstrate his art based on his philosophy of sustainability, through a presentation and live-weaving performance. He plans to bring silkworms as well. 

Since his project covers many different subjects and issues, students, faculty and staff from all disciplines are invited to see his work. Izukura is also collaborating with with HPU, planning a series of events, including an exhibition in Fall 2014. In an upcoming project, he will focus on materials made in Hawai‘i to promote new types of business and industry. He raises silkworms locally to produce his fabric, and finds plants from all over the island to dye the fabric without chemicals or heat. His silk art is made by hand, using sunlight, air and the passing of time. 

An internationally known artist, Izukura was invited to Hawai‘i by the former Japanese Consul-General Yoshihiko Kamo in January and February 2012, and Izukura's exhibitions and related events were hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and the Honolulu Museum of Art. His beautiful work has been spotlighted on KITV (see video) and other news outlets.

For more information, contact Kazuko Kameda-Madar, Ph.D., curator for Akihiko Izukura, and an adjunct lecturer of Art at HPU, at kkamedamadar@hpu.edu