Enjoy an activity to engage your creativity and expand your artistic boundaries. Artist and educator Lucy Arai has painted long strips of Japanese paper in the same manner as the panels on which she stitches sashiko (the running-stitch quilting and embroidery of Japanese farmers, characterized by white stitches sewn into blue fabric). In response to her ink and indigo paintings, visitors are invited to stitch, draw, color, fold, or bind a section of her painting, using one or both sides.
Arai is an artist and museum education and public program consultant. She is a participant in the U.S. Department of State Arts in Embassies Program, a nominee for the 2005 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum AsiaAlive artist in residence. San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED filmed a Spark program segment on Arai that was filmed in the Asian Art Museum. See it here >
Image: Lucy Arai, 2006.01: Diptych, 2006. Mixed media Sashiko (handmade mulberry paper, sumi ink, indigo pigment, 18 karat gold, acrylic, cotton), h. 28" x w. 45". From the Collection of Cathy and Marty Wice of St. Louis, MO. Photo by Richard Sargent.