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Garment District Space for Public Art presents exhibition showcasing nine emerging dye artists
Ayano Honda, Untitled, 2014. Silkscreen on fabric, gold leaf, 2.5' x 2.6' x 6'.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Garment District Alliance unveiled the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, titled Wafting: Dye as Ink on Fabric, a group exhibition showcasing nine emerging dye artists, curated by Wax-resist Textile Artists, Kawata Kohro and Mitsuo Takaya.

Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public from November 3rd through November 29th, and corresponds with the exhibit at the Medialia Gallery. Wafting: Dye as Ink on Fabric is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year.

“Wafting: Dye as Ink on Fabric is a remarkable installation that represents the unique, inventive and artistic culture of this booming neighborhood,” said Barbara Blair Randall, president of the Garment District Alliance. “We are delighted to help showcase these truly gifted artists through the Garment District Space for Public Art, and we hope everyone will pay a visit to the wonderful exhibit.”

A specialized skill practiced in Kyoto, Japan, the unique process of preventing ink from soaking through the fabric is the essence of fabric dyeing. Patterns or designs are created by covering fabric with non-absorbing materials including wax, paste, resin or cured paper; tying fabric with thread; or blocking fabric with other materials.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Mitsuo Takaya is professor emeritus at Kyoto Seika University and is a member of the Kyoto Art Crafts Artists’ Association. With an educational background in textiles and dyeing from Kyoto Municipal Art University, Mitsuo has presented ten solo exhibitions and has participated in a variety of other exhibitions from Japan and Korea to Boston, Washington, D.C and Seattle.

The artists whose works are part of this installation have been trained in the art of dye as a medium, and have both academic and exhibiting experience in Kyoto, Japan. Participating artists include, Yuki Goto, Melinda Heal, Ayano Honda, Yumi Inoue, Toshichika Kamon, Nanae Kitagawa, Kyoko Ura, Tomoyo Yoneda and Arisa Yoshibiki. These artists are from the Japanese cities of Okinawa, Kumamoto, Tokyo, Hyogo and Osaka, as well as Duffy, Australia.

The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the "creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, designers, architects, photographers and more than a hundred theaters, galleries, performance spaces and studios.

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