Piper Shepard’s contemporary investigations of traditional textiles speak to the interconnected ways in which textiles represent culture. She has shown her work extensively in national and international venues, and her work can be found in collections such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Since 1994, she has taught in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is a refined process of cutting whole cloth into lace-like patterns, considering fabric in relation to history and memory. She will talk about her art in light of her study of pattern dyeing and paste resist in Japan.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00 pm
Lecture Hall, International House of Japan, Tokyo
Language: English (with consecutive interpretation)
Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, please visit the International House of Japan.
The following day, Piper will host a workshop, where she will teach her audience how to make hand cut patterns based on individual and collective contributions of all participants. Here, the sum of the parts is greater than one individual. Based on the idea of the Exquisite Corpse, each person will create a drawing or pattern. These patterns are linked together by collaborating with your adjacent neighbors in a method of adjoining your work through drawing and discussion. Once merged and joined, the participants will decide on what will be positive and negative space in their artwork. From there, everyone will work to create an integrated cut pattern and collaborative work.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Seminar Room 404, International House of Japan, Tokyo