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Gallery talk: "Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes"

  • Horsley Arts 4374 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 63108 (map)

Horsley Arts presents “Japanese Meisen Kimono & Needle Festival Tributes” September 27-November 2, 2019. This exhibition features 15 early to mid-20th century Japanese silk kimonos from the collection of Wendy Wees. The term “Meisen” refers to a textile making method in which pre-dyed threads are woven in a technique similar to Japanese kasuri (ikat) weaving. This exhibit focuses on how Meisen was a huge textile innovation in its own time. Meisen was the fashion of the day but fell out of fashion after World War II when the tradition became all but obsolete. Currently, only a few artisans make this fabric. To complement the exhibition of kimonos, regional artists Milo Duke, Linda Horsley, and Wendy Wees are collaborating on 3 installations based on Hari-Kuyó: Festival of Broken Needles, an annual 400-year-old Japanese memorial service held to comfort the spirits of old needles or needles broken during the previous year. Two altar-like installations will be set up for gallery visitors to bring their bent, broken or unbroken needles. A third installation will be an homage to sewing & knitting.
Free reception Friday, September 27, 5-8 p.m.
Free gallery talk Saturday, October 5, 3:30-4 p.m. This gallery talk is presented in conjunction with the IT19 Bus Tour and is free & open to all.
This exhibit is free & open to the public at the September 27 reception, with special hours October 4-6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment through November 2.