Colourdance: Presentation and Trunk Show by Artist Keiki Fujita
Presentation and Wearable Art Trunk Show
By Artist Keiki Jujita
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free Admission – Please RSVP
Delight in the colors and forms of textile artist and designer Keiki Fujita’s wearable art!
Kensington-based artist Keiki Fujita will present a lecture on her hand-dyed art, using the musen yuzen technique adapted from 17th century traditional kimono dyeing made famous in Kyoto. A trunk show showcasing Keiki’s pieces will follow, including clothing, scarves and shawls. A percentage of proceeds from trunk show sales will benefit the JCCCNC.
Yuzen is a traditional kimono dyeing method known for producing intricate, hand-painted designs that employ many colors. The musen yuzen technique used by Keiki literally means “no-line yuzen” and lacks the outline that is created by the resist to keep the dye inside a design in yuzen. Mastering the art takes many years of hard work, but as a foreign apprentice, Keiki was permitted to complete her training in two years before returning to the Bay Area. After years of making commissioned musen yuzen art pieces, Keiki developed her own methods through additional experimentation that allow for the creation of pieces that are more fluid, spontaneous and intuitive, where the colors evolve and interact to make a statement. Many of Keiki’s artworks communicate the beauty and energies of mother Nature through colors, patterns, imagery and textures that are healing and uplifting.
About Keiki Fujita: Keiki Fujita grew up in Kensington and attended Portola Junior High School and El Cerrito High School. Her uncle was a tailor, and her mother sewed all the kids’ clothes as they were growing up. Keiki also used to sew her own clothes as well before petite sizes were available in stores. She is a graduate in Design from UC Davis where she fell in love with textile design. She was inspired by a visiting artist who made wearable art pieces, which eventually led Keiki to Japan, where she held an artist residency and apprenticeship in Kyoto under Master oil painter Nishihiro Fujita (no relation). During her apprenticeship she learned the “Musen Yuzen” kimono painting technique. Keiki’s paintings have been used for wearable pieces such as shawls, wraps, and scarves, as well as for interiors, wall hangings and paintings. Her work has been shown and sold in boutiques and galleries throughout the U.S., Japan, London, Berlin and Paris. Keiki’s work has been documented at the DeYoung Museum, Asian Art Museum and Folk Art & Craft Museum in San Francisco, as well as at numerous Art Centers. Patrons who have appreciated her artwork include celebrities, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Linda Rohnstadt, Whoopi Goldberg, Marilu Henner, Sella Ward, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Nobu McCarthy. Keiki continues producing artwork at her studio in Kensington.
For more information on Keiki Fujita and her Colourdance artwork, visit her website at: http:// www.colourdance.comRSVP HERE