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Mami-Adachi-smMami Adachi is a Kyoto-based kusakizome artist. Kuksakizome refers to the art of silk dyeing using natural materials, typically woven into specialized cloth for kimono. She graduated from Kyoto Seika University, a former Antioch College exchange partner, and now teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design and Nara College of Arts. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Japan Craft Society Prize, Semi-Grand Prix at the Natural Dyeing Biennale, New Excellent Artist Award and “Most Promising Artist” at the All Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition. She is a member of the Japan Kogei Association and has exhibited her work in Germany, England, France and throughout Japan. This is her premier presentation in the United States.

TIMOTHY_BARRETT_5-smTim Barrett earned a BA degree in Art Communications from Antioch College in 1973 and later spent two years working with Kathryn and Howard Clark at Twinrocker Handmade Paper, Inc., two years under a Fulbright Fellowship studying papermaking in Japan, and many years researching early European handmade papers. The latter work has been funded by the NEA, the Kress Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and as of 2009, a MacArthur Fellowship. Tim joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book as its paper specialist in 1986 and served as its director between 1996 and 2002. During his career he has made a number of one-of-a-kind artist’s books using handmade paper and leather as the primary materials. Tim continues to teach courses that address the history, technique, science, and aesthetics of hand papermaking and oversees the UICB Research and Production Paper Facility. His current research is focused on the non-destructive analysis of European paper made between the 14th and the 19th centuries, with a special interest in the role of gelatin in paper stability. He is very interested in the emerging field of book studies and in the fertile territory shared by those who produce physical books and those who study the impact of the book (or the future book-equivalent) on society and culture.

Jane-BlackDayton native Jane Black learned the art of Gyotaku (“gyo” fish “taku” rubbing) in San Francisco in 1985 and has been incorporating this technique in her studio art, specifically mixed-media with a concentration in fiber and surface design, ever since. Jane has been the Associate Director at the Dayton Art Institute, Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center and prior to that, covered the visual arts for the Dayton Daily News. She has curated scores of exhibitions; managed three international artist residencies; facilitated a statewide printmaking conference and public event; implemented a $1.3 million public art collaboration with Dayton Metro Library; served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and served on the OAC Individual Excellence Awards panel for visual artists (2-D). She now runs Build Art In, which she founded in 2014 to assist businesses and organizations in identifying art that expresses its individual vision, mission.

Karren BritoKarren Brito has always had a passion for making and using textiles, including spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidering and dying. Brito has a PhD in chemistry, and uses her technical expertise to select quality dyes and tested procedures. She started to market her own hand-woven clothing in 1983, and in 1989 began selling shibori garments. She has written a book on shibori, as well as articles for several publications on topics such as discharge, dyeing with acid dyes.

Tymber-Compher-smTymber Compher is a third year literature major at Antioch College. She was inspired by her most recent co-op at Moonstone Publishing in Philadelphia to return to campus and start a literature group. She is an avid poetry lover and is looking forward with great anticipation to a successful Haiku Slam!

Bruce-Grimes-smBruce Grimes taught ceramics at the college level for 49 years and has been involved with the raku process since 1962. He has exhibited his ceramics in more than 300 national and regional shows, and has lead over 100 workshops and seminars throughout his career. His work is currently being displayed in six galleries in three states. Bruce’s work derives its inspiration from personal experiences and historical references using clay as his medium. He says, “I love experiencing the immediacy that the raku firing provides. I develop my own raku glazes and utilize shredded paper in the post-reduction firing.”

Kresges-smElaine and Keith Kresge moved to Yellow Springs two years ago from Worthington, Ohio. Besides raising their four children, they have also hosted eight international exchange students. Keith has a fine arts background with a degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art in industrial design. He worked for thirty two years with a consulting firm designing products and doing illustration. He has also illustrated children’s books. Elaine has worked with others to develop interactive cultural experiences for children based on pretending and the arts. These experiences were set up at schools and for Girl Scouts. Elaine was part of the Columbus Asian Festival Planning Committee for ten years where she helped create and set up a children’s activity area. Both Elaine and Keith enjoy working with natural materials to create sculptures and baskets, and figures… some of which can be seen at the Baha’i activities during Street Fair.

Luckett.two---smJames Luckett has worked for over 20 years art and photography and exhibited nationally. He has earned an MFA from the University of Arizona, labored as a master printer in a forensic photography lab and taught award winning photography classes in Tucson and Chicago. He now fashions digital and analog images with a wide range of photographic means, manners, methods and mistakes at Antioch College. In 2011 his chemically manipulated gelatin silver prints were awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Luckett has also been cooking traditional homestyle Japanese food for over two decades. James learned most everything he knows about working in a kitchen from the kindness of mothers and the encouragement of aunts while living in Tokyo. He’s catered Japanese New Year’s food, hosted elaborate dinner parties, and sampled the full-range of Japanese cooking from the lowest to the highest in the company of executives, vagabonds and friends. He is the cook at Tables of Contents Café, located inside Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, Ohio. You’re invited to follow his interests and exploits at his long running, ever evolving, always accumulating website

Tanya-Maus-smTanya Maus is the Director of the Wilmington College Peace Resource Center in Wilmington and a resident of Yellow Springs. She holds a PhD in Modern Japanese history from the University of Chicago and has published several articles related to the history of poverty, childhood, and religion in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Japan.

Riko-smRiko Mukai is a Kyoto-based environmentalist and a former Kyoto Seika exchange student at Antioch College. After graduating from university, she returned to Yellow Springs for a year, working at the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center. Since then, she has worked in Japan as an environmentalist in a variety of venues.

Jackie-Mulhall-smJackie Mulhall, maker and teacher, resides in Yellow Springs. She has pursued many artistic interests including felting, bookmaking, sewing, and most recently, natural dyeing and eco printing. She lived in Japan for four years teaching English as a Second Language. There she was exposed to some wonderful traditional Japanese Arts. She teaches some of those arts in the children’s programs at the Yellow Springs Baha’i Center. Her classes use traditional arts such as ikebana (flower arranging), suminagashi (paper marbling) and sumi-e (painting with ink) to help children gain a feeling of peace and self confidence in an otherwise stressful world.

Nadia-Mulhall-smNadia Mulhall was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and raised in Yellow Springs. She attends Ohio University and studies Art History. Sashiko, an ornamental mending technique that originated in 17th century Japan, was derived from the values of mottainai or ‘too good to waste,’ an idea lacking in the modern consumer lifestyle. Sashiko interests Nadia for both its practical and ornamental qualities. Nadia is an amateur Sashiko mender and wishes to share her skills and knowledge about this art.

Migiwa-smMigiwa Orimo is a Tokyo-born, Yellow Springs-based installation artist. Past exhibition venues include: the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the San Bernardino (CA) Museum; and in Ohio – the Springfield Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, SPACES Gallery, OSU Urban Arts Space and Oberlin College. Migiwa is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including: Individual Creativity Excellence Award (Ohio Arts Council, 2008, 2013); Individual Artist Fellowship Grant (Ohio Arts Council, 1996, 2004); and the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Award (Summer, 2012). In 2013, she was selected for the SPACES World Artists Program in Cleveland.

Scott-Sanders-smCollege Archivist Scott Sanders has been archiving for Antioch since he was discovered by Curator of Antiochiana Nina Myatt in 1994. He studied American History and Archival Administration at Wright State University, earning a master’s degree in 1995. He is a regular contributor to The Antiochian, the e-newsletter The Independent, and is the author of Antioch: An Episodic History.

Sarah-beating-fibers-smSarah Strong
truly lives the life of an artist, implementing art into all aspects of her daily life. She is the sole proprietor of Strong Heart Press & Studio which offers an array of community and private classes, collaboration opportunities, mentorship and fine arts items for sale. Sarah holds a BFA in printmaking and studied book arts, art history and psychology at Herron School of Art. A current MFA candidate at The Goddard College, Sarah continues her research and personal practice working with hand papermaking, print, book and installation. The healing power of Story and Art is the impetus of her creations.

Ayako-smAyako Tomioka was born in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, and has a degree from Tokyo University of Agriculture. She has recently arrived from Japan, as her husband accepted a transfer to a post in London, Ohio. Prior to this recent appointment, they lived in Michigan and in France for three years each. After her return to Japan, she lived in Osaka where she received a two year training in the style of Japanese tea ceremony called urasenke, which is one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony.

Jonatha-&-Harold-smHarold Wright first came to Antioch in 1973 as an adjunct from the Ohio State University where he had been teaching Japanese Language and Literature. With grants from the Japan Foundation and Great Lakes College Association, he was eventually able to create a Japan program here at Antioch College where he taught various courses in language, literature, and even Japanese art history until he retired in 2005. It was in 1975 he offered his first class in “Japanese Environment and Aesthetics” which resulted in students constructing the original Tea House. Harold’s own education in Japanese studies was gained primarily from his work as an undergraduate and for his master’s degree at the University of Hawaii, as a Ford Foundation Fellow at Columbia University, and as a Fulbright scholar at Keio University in Tokyo. His extensive publications include numerous translations of both modern and classical Japanese poetry. He and wife Jonatha traveled to Japan for over a decade with the Antioch Education Abroad Program in Kyoto, gathering stories from books and the people they met. Harold translated these stories, and they adapted them for oral telling. Their performances are personable and lively. They carry their audience through the full range of emotions with sensitivity and taste. Great care is taken to use authentic body language, gesture and facial expressions; in addition to inserting Japanese words and using the Japanese names for people and places. They have used storytelling exchanges as a tool for language learning. Also they teach workshops on telling Japanese stories with cultural authenticity. The Wrights have performed over the years in Japan at The Kyoto Connection, Kyoto Seika University, and several schools and colleges. They have told stories at numerous U.S. colleges and a wide scope of other venues.

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