MAY Meeting: May 26

Revitalizing the Countryside: Indigo and Art

with Sally Hancox

Date:              Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time:              7:00–9:00 p.m.

Place:             Zoom (Link will be sent about 30 minutes before event start.)

Cost:              FEW members: FREE

                       Nonmembers (women only): ¥1,000 (to be paid by midnight, May 25)

Register:        By Wednesday, May 25, midnight

What are some of the effects of fast fashion on our environment? And how can traditional art and techniques contribute to more sustainable forms of production? Learn more at our May meeting with Sally Hancox, who will share her work and what led her to natural indigo dyeing.

Sally and her husband run AiAii, a natural indigo dyeing studio that focuses on Japanese fermented indigo. Through her talk, we will better understand the impact of natural indigo dyeing on the local environment, as well as how the studio contributes to the revitalization of the local community. Sally will include a virtual tour of the studio to give us a deeper sense of her work and insight into her roles as an artist, community member, business person and mother to three.

Join us for a fun and enlightening evening!

Our Speaker

Sally Hancox, originally from the UK, studied illustration and facilitated art workshops for children, blind adults, and people with dementia. Sally came to Japan in 2010, and her interest in making patterns with shibori using chemical dyes led to an interest in natural dyes. Sally and her husband now run AiAii, a natural indigo studio in Sumoto on Awaji Island where they live with their three small children. In addition to producing natural indigo, the studio holds workshops and sells hand-dyed clothing and accessories. Several of Sally’s murals can be seen in Sumoto, part of her role as a “regional revitalizer” for the city.

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