The Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo will present workshops and demonstrations featuring several TEMARI-affiliated artists on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4. The program is supported by the Joyce Wright Visiting Artist Program.

The workshops have class and supply fees. For more information, call (808) 934-9611, Wednesday to Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or email

Saturday, June 3:

• 9-11 a.m.:  “Indigo Blue Basics” with Ann Asakura. Learn how to create patterns of blue and white with simple resist methods. Class fee $40, plus $15 supply fee.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.:  “Sashiko: Repair and Remake” with June Hirano. Pre-requisite: Sashiko experience. If you have a garment with a small tear or stain, learn how to use your sashiko stitching skills to make a new wearable addition to your wardrobe or a new decorative room accessory. Class fee: $60, plus $10 supply fee.

Noon-3 p.m.:  “Suminagashi, Japanese Marbling” with Victoria Gail-White. Sumi ink swirled on a liquid surface can be captured on paper and fabric in a permanent design. Traditionally used in decorating washi (hand-made Japanese paper) to cover books or embellish scrolls, the suminagashi technique also works on silk and cotton. Class fee: $60, plus $15 supply fee. Optional: $15 boxed set of suminagashi inks. (Detailed supply list will be sent to enrolled students)

Sunday, June 4:

Free demonstrations for the public. Modest supply fees may apply for some make-and-take items.

10-11 a.m.:  “Suminagashi” demonstration by Victoria Gail-White AND “Sashiko: Repair & Remake” by June Hirano.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.:  “Indigo Blue Make and Take” by HJC volunteers.

Noon-1 p.m.:  “Indigo Blue Journey” illustrated lecture by Ann Asakura.


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