The Wedeman Gallery, housed in the Yamawaki classroom building, hosts a number of exhibitions through each academic year. Currently, Twisted Again: The New Kumihimo is displaying 28 works by six artists from four continents. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. until 4:00p.m. Twisted Again is exhibiting until February 20.
Photographs by Tristan Davis and Rosemary Leger.
On Sunday, February 7, Vladimir Zimakov, Director of the Wedeman Gallery, hosted an Artists’ Reception for a celebration of the exhibition. Local artists and art enthusiasts came to enjoy the ancient Japanese art.
Modern Kimono with Obi by Makiko Tada. Like Tada, some artists employ the Kumikimo technique in wearable art.
Flowers, Flowers, Flowers by Hiroko Ojima. Ojima began braiding 40 years ago and has developed techniques to incorporate different materials like Washi, stainless steel, and nylon.
Transparency A, B, C by Makiko Tada. These three necklaces are composed of monofilament and metallic threads, and follow the Anda-gumi braid pattern.
Total Eclipse of the Sun by Lyn Christiansen. This piece is a part of Christiansen’s Mergers & Acquisitions series.
‘Dreams of water in a dry land’: a memory cloth by Helen Vonow. In her work, Vonow explores the merging of two seemingly incompatible techniques; felt-making and Kumihimo.
Vessels for the important things in life: Nurture by Jacqui Carey. From Japanese, Kumihimo translates to “the coming together of threads.” Carey, of the United Kingdom, says that her works are the tangible result of meditation and internal conversation.
Icicle by Lyn Christiansen. Featuring 12 wrapped tubes and 7 braids, this piece was inspired by the February 2015 blizzards in Boston.
3 Ruffles A by Makiko Tada. Tada, from Tokyo, Japan, is an expert and creator of the original Kumihimo. She is a distinguished teacher, author and engineer.
Veil of Tears by Lyn Christiansen. According to Christiansen, this piece is “an exploration of grief.” One side represents a mourner as she is seen, the opposite, how the mourner views others.
(From top left) Floating gesture, Wheel of fortune, Talisman, Braid collage by Lyn Christiansen. Christiansen is the curator of Twisted Again, and the only artist from the United States with work on display.
Young Memories by Lyn Christiansen. This work is a piece of the Their Memories series, which explores Alzheimer’s disease through intertwined materials representative of neurons in the brain.
The reception welcomed new and familiar faces to campus and promoted discussion among all.
Simmering Jazz Riff, Jazzed Jazz Riff by Lyn Christiansen. These techniques are Christiansen’s response to the jazz music she listens to while braiding Kumihimo pattern.
Lost Memories by Lyn Christiansen. This piece, without pattern or uniform, signifies the deteriorated memories in the life of a victim of Alzheimer’s.
Pod Casts by Jennie Parry. Parry creates her braids in repetition, in hopes the result forms a unique rhythm reminiscent of wind, water, growth, and form.
Aging Memories by Lyn Christiansen. The Their Memories series was inspired by her mother’s diagnosis and battle with dementia.
Both floors of the Wedeman Gallery were filled with fascinated guests. Twisted Again: The New Kumihimo is the first exhibition solely devoted to the technique held in the U.S.