I am moving old posts from the Improvisational Textiles blog over to my blog.
Originally posted June 3, 2017
My improvisational piece, Jiko’s Robe (2015) is currently on display at QuiltWorks Gallery in Bend, Oregon.
It is part of QuiltWorks Gallery’s Asian Exhibit of Asian inspired/themed quilts and quilted wallhangings. The exhibit opened during the First Friday Art Walk on 06/02/17 and will show through the end of June.
Jiko’s Robe was originally created for the Deschutes Public Library Downtown Branch’s Novel Idea Art Show in 2015. It is inspired by A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, the selected novel for the annual “community book group” read for Central Oregon.
Deschutes Public Library, in Central Oregon, selects on an annual “community read” novel and invites the entire Central Oregon community to read the selected novel, attend discussions and special events including art shows inspired by the book.
The annual A Novel Idea program concludes with an evening talk (usually sold out) by the author at a community venue. It is like a community-wide “book club”.
In 2015, I participated in the annual juried A Novel Idea Art Show held at the Downtown Branch of the Deschutes Public Library. I was quite excited when her piece, Jiko’s Secret Robe, the only textile art shown at the Downtown Library, was selected to be in the show.
My Artist Statement provides more information on this piece:
This piece was inspired by Ruth Ozeki’s Novel – A Tale for the Time Being.
In the novel, the protagonist Nao’s great grandmother, Jiko, is a humble and wise 100+ year old Buddhist nun who wears simple robes and lives a simple life. Jiko however carries in her being – powerful history, mysteries, and depths of understanding of her place in the universe.
Inspired by a printed kimono panel, this piece represents Jiko’s “secret robe” – a robe not visible to the eye but visible to the soul. It represents the complexity, turmoil and beauty of her spirit, her experience, her wisdom and her great compassion for all beings and the earth upon which they dwell.