Hi! Fashion12 August 2017 – 12 November 2017
An exhibition of fashion from Japan and Ireland, Hi! Fashion presents womenswear garments and accessories, which explore visual correlations and contrasts between the two islands over the last 60 years. The concept of Kanreki, which in traditional Japanese culture symbolizes the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, is used as a backdrop to explore the cycles of fashion in terms of inspiration and process.
During the 1980’s avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto sourced Irish cotton and linen from Irish mills, while Connemara featured as a location in his Ys campaign of 1998. Using street casting, his team travelled countries and cities following his philosophy of mixing womens and mens, anonymous and celebrity, asking locals to pose in his clothing and create his images. This exhibition echoes his idea of mixing, presenting Japanese and Irish fashion side by side, looking at how difference can be similar.
Escaping sequential narrative, this experimental exhibition explores visual form, juxtaposing designs in installations, to create a loose stylistic essay. These contrasts, whether in approach and application of techniques, reveal unspoken dialogues that create a new space inspired by the cyclical nature of fashion forms.
Curated by Gemma A. Williams and designed in collaboration with Roji, Hi Fashion! will show at National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from 12 August to 12 November 2017. The exhibition is presented as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and is an official event in the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Ireland.
Supported by the Japan Foundation.
Image: Danielle Romeril AW15 Backstage by Morgan O'Donovan
Education & Outreach
Hi! Fashion: Curators Introduction Sat 12 Aug, 3pm
Join exhibition curator Gemma Williams for an introduction to Hi! Fashion, with a discussion on the ideas, pieces presented and the designers participating. Followed by the offical exhibition launch at 4pm.
Community Installation: I (she) was here Fri 11 August, 10.30am-5pm | Sat 12 + Sun 13 August, 12pm - 5pm
I (she) was here is a community craft installation in Castle Yard for Kilkenny Art Festival 2017, begining with a day of lace workshops on Fri 11 August in the Yurt in the Yard and continuing with wider community involvement to produce the installation on Sat 12 & Sun 13 August.
Learn Limerick Lace stitches and embellishment techniques with designer maker Ruth Duignan to stitch, sew and embellish silhouette forms with texture and patterns. These textile forms reflect the interetsing shapes of the designs from the Hi! Fashion exhibition, while the 2-dimentional silhouettes of consider the often anonymous role woman play in the fashion and craft industry.
Sessions start on the hour, drop-in to take part.
Adult Craft Workshop: Leather Working with Úna Burke Mon 14 Aug, 6pm - 9pm
Children Craft Workshops Tues 15 Aug - Thurs 17 Aug, 2pm & 3pm
Japanese Woodblock with Debra Bowden: Draw and carve your own woodblock design to create unique prints.
Kirigami Creations with Paul Bokslag: Use pattern to create individual papercut sculptures.
kilkennyartsfestival.com | Booking by phone 056 775 2175 weekdays: 10am - 5pm | €5 | One workshop per child
Teen Craft Workshops Tues 15 Aug - Thurs 17 Aug, 4pm
Scultpural Headwear with Carrie Lynam: Cross the boundaries of fashion an art to create a sculptural head piece.
Japanese Woodblock with Debra Bowden: Using pattern and shape from the exhibition create your own woodblock design.
Kirigami Creatures with Paul Bokslag: Create a paper artwork using the traditional Japanese kirgami technique.
kilkennyartsfestival.com | Booking by phone 056 775 2175, weekdays: 10am - 5pm | €5
Crafternoon Tour at National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Saturdays at 3pm. Booking Required email@example.com | 056 7796151