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Maki Ishiwata


  • Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego 2215 Pan American Road E San Diego (map)

November 1 , 2019 – January 26, 2020
Exhibition Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Hours subject to change during special events. Refer to
niwa.org)
JFG Admission Fee: Adults … $12
Students (with valid ID) … $10
Seniors (over 65) … $10
Active/retired military (with valid ID) … $ 10


JFG is proud to present an exhibition of Japanese fiber artist Maki Ishiwata from the Chiba prefecture. After receiving her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in California, Ishiwata worked as an art instructor at the local elementary and middle school for 14 years. During Ishiwata’s 25 years in America, her potential in various creative fields grew. Since returning to Japan in 2007, and under the influence of her mother who worked with the lore of the traditional Japanese handmade paper (washi), Ishiwata became deeply charmed by its beauty and started to create original “plant figures” using washi. Development of the technique with paper strings and ligature became her characteristic style.

Washi has a supple texture and structural sophistication. It is so airy and lithe that if you hold a sheet up to the sun, you can see the bright light shining right through it. At the same time, its fibers are intertwined in a way that imparts great strength and durability. In these characteristics, Ishiwata found a metaphor for the spirit of Japan.

In 2014, three kinds of washi - Sekisyu-hanshi , Honmino-shi, Hosokawa-shi - were registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. However, like many crafts, washi is facing a decrease and disappearance of its makers. For washi culture to survive, greater appreciation for the durability, purity, beauty, and versatility of this paper is essential. Through Ishiwata’s art work, she hopes to be able to connect traditional washi and Japanese aesthetic sense to global context and provide a unique experience for people to see an amazing transformation of one sheet of paper through one person`s hands.

For more information on Maki Ishiwata and her work, click here.


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Opening Reception
Friday, Nov 1 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
JFG Exhibit Hall
Pre-sale | $5 (includes JFG admission)
Day of, walk in | $5 + JFG admission

Live Workshop
Sunday, Nov 3 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
JFG Activity Center
General | $25.00 (includes JFG admission)
JFG Member | $15


Inquiries can be sent to Emiko Scudder (619) 232-2784 or registrar@niwa.org


SPONSORS

AKIKO ITO

NAGATO ISHIWATA

MAI UEHARA

KAIJINSHA CO. LTD

KIKUMI ITO

KEIKO ASANO

SHONAN WAGASA STUDIO

YOSHIYUKI OKI

TAKASHI KASAJIMA