Washi Wabi-Sabi: Boro Book Workshop | Mingei International Museum

Embrace the New Year with Artist Yuko Kimura, for a workshop exploring wabi-sabi and blending the old with the new. Inspired by shima-cho indigo-dyed cotton fabric sample design books created by farmers in Japan in the 19th and early 20th century, create a personalized boro book. Participants will be invited to bring personal ephemera to sew and collage with new washi paper to create a unique Boro book incorporating the _wabi-sabi _aesthetic, finding the beauty of imperfection, transience, and the passage of time.

Workshop participants will be granted complimentary admission to Kimura's Gallery Talk at 10:30am, prior to the workshop.

Yuko Kimura is a printmaker and paper artist born in Oakland, California to Japanese parents and raised in Tokyo, and since 1898 has lived in the U.S. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1997, and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. She has received several awards including the First Agnes Gund Traveling Award from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan. In 2004, she was selected for the Nesnadny and Schwartz Visiting Critics Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

From April 2021 through 2024, Yuko’s work will be part of the touring museum exhibition, Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper curated by Meher McArthur. Her work is in the collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Canton Museum of Art, Cleveland Clinic, The Dalad Group, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Morikami Museum. She has been printing at Zygote Press and making paper at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. 

The exhibition Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper is organized by Meher McArthur and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C. 


Shannon Foley

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