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Lisa Harris, ceramic artist and instructor at Lillstreet Art Center and Evanston Art Center, saw:

Japanese Kimono, 1915–1940 at the Art Institute of Chicago

My husband and I recently went to the Art Institute to bum around and happened upon the Japanese kimono show tucked away downstairs. The kimonos were beautifully mounted and ranged from 1915 to 1940: the oldest were vibrant with color and gorgeous designs, as were the art deco styles and a few artist-designed pieces. As a ceramic artist and instructor I was bowled over by the layers of patterning, the level of detail and refinement. The fabric techniques of stenciling, resist, printing, brush painting, embroidering in gold thread are also used/adapted in clay decoration and would be fertile ground for students.

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