Japanese Garden Events
Art in the Garden Fall 2010: Shihoko Fukumoto: Indigo is the Color of My Dreams
People of every continent on earth have celebrated the beauty of natural indigo in their art and their textiles for everyday life since ancient times. From simple woven farmer’s pants, elegantly dyed handmade writing paper, noren shop curtains, and dynamically patterned summer cotton yukata—indigo is the color of choice in Japan. According to indigo textile artist Shihoko Fukumoto, “Indigo is the color of my dreams.”
Achieving a color as deep as what is referred to as “eggplant blue” is no easy task, and neither is re-interpreting traditional Japanese dye techniques for the 21st-century audience. Shihoko has succeeded at both, and her work has been recognized throughout the world, including at major international textile exhibitions in Italy, France, Switzerland, Holland, England, Korea, and China.
Featured in this exhibition is one of her “Indigo Cube” installations—a floating “tea room” of indigo-dyed gossamer fabric—a contemporary work that bridges East and West to create an ethereal new space in which to practice the tea ceremony. Members of the Garden’s Kashintei Kai tea group will perform tea ceremony inside the transparent Indigo Cube at times throughout the exhibition, which will also feature wall hangings and other installation pieces from Shihoko’s repertoire of beautiful indigo fiber art.
October 30 – November 28
Flurry – Holiday Shopping Downtown
Through an exciting new partnership, many of the Garden Gift Store’s unique holiday items will be available in downtown Portland this season. The Garden Gift Store has teamed up with Portland Fashion Synergy to participate in Flurry, a shop featuring apparel, accessories, and jewelry from many of Portland’s top designers. Open only during the holiday season, Flurry is located in the heart of downtown Portland near Nordstrom and Director Park. Visit us there for Asian-inspired holiday items and a selection of Japanese paper crafts from some of the Garden Gift Store’s favorite artists. If you work downtown or find yourself there doing your holiday shopping, stop by the gorgeous space at 720 SW Yamhill, Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-7pm and Sundays, 12pm-6pm through December 31.
November 9 – December 31
Free Admission Day
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends, family, and fellow community members to visit the Garden on this Free Admission Day. Garden Guides will be stationed throughout the Garden to help answer questions and speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditions. The Art in the Garden Fall 2010 exhibition, Shihoko Fukumoto: Indigo is the Color of My Dreams, will be open to the public as well.
Sand & Stone Raking Workshop
This “behind the scenes” participation workshop teaches participants the art of kare sansui preparation, impression, and maintenance. Following a brief lecture on the design of our Sand & Stone Garden, participants will actively prepare the space, impress (rake) a pattern, and learn about tools and maintenance. Printed materials are provided, including a diagram for how to build a sand garden rake. Participants are asked to please provide their own lunch.
O-Shogatsu New Year’s Festival
Ask people in Japan to name their most important holiday and most will answer O-Shogatsu, or New Year’s. The holiday is a time for family and friends to celebrate this auspicious day and wish for good health and blessing in the New Year.
Japanese Food Event with Chef Naoko
In celebration of the New Year at the Garden, our good friend Chef Naoko of Chef Naoko Bento Café demonstrates the preparation of some special New Year’s dishes. Learn about the food customs that surround the important annual observance of O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year, taste the delicious results, and take home easy to follow recipes. Chef Naoko uses locally grown, organic ingredients in her popular bento restaurant located at 13th & SW Jefferson Street in Portland.
Art in the Garden Winter 2011: Katsura: The Photographs of Ishimoto Yasuhiro
Photographs of Katsura Imperial Villa, Japan’s most famous example of traditional architecture, by internationally acclaimed photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro, will be featured in this special exhibition. The late Japanese-American photographer’s black and white images will be on view in two rotations during the run of the exhibition. And the exhibition will be highlighted by the finely crafted art boxes of Daniel Fagareng—three-dimensional sculptures in wood, glass and paper, based on Japanese ideas of space and craftsmanship.
January 28 – February 20