News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, July 5, 2012
Haystack’s second summer exhibition opens July 15

Haystack’s second summer exhibition, Ragged Beauty, opens on July 15 and will be on view through September 1 at the school’s Center for Community Programs in Deer Isle village. The show provides opportunity to see a world-class collection of Japanese textiles in Maine, curated by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, one of the foremost experts in shibori techniques, according to a news release.

Ragged Beauty features a selection of traditional Japanese textiles that collectively explore the themes of recycling and repair. The exhibition features boro—Japanese bedding covers and other functional textiles created in the 19th and early 20th centuries from recycled indigo-dyed cotton and bast fiber cloth and repurposed textiles and rags (boro is the Japanese word for “rag” or “tattered” and the process of boro represents the transformation of inconsequential material into something precious and useful). Each boro on display in Ragged Beauty is an assemblage with a unique shape, size, and history—these contemporary interpretations of repair and reuse create a bridge from the past into the future, reflecting traditional values as applied to new forms. All of the work in this show is on loan from Yoshiko Wada’s private collection.

Yoshiko Wada has taught four times at Haystack, most recently in 2005; this summer she will be teaching a workshop, Boro Transformed: Patched, Pieced, Stitched, and Dyed in Greenest Indigo, during Haystack’s fourth session, July 15-27.

The Center is open Wednesdays and Fridays through Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Haystack’s 2012 Summer Exhibitions are sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and the Maine Arts Commission.

Evening Programs

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts’ Summer Evening Programs Series features presentations by artists sharing their work, ideas, and artistic influences. These programs are open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in the Gateway Auditorium on Haystack’s campus.

On Monday, July 16, ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda and visiting writer Stephen Dunn will present their work. Takeshi Yasuda was born in 1943 in Tokyo as a fourth child of a photographer. At nineteen, he was an apprentice at Daisei-Gama pottery in Mashiko, Japan, where he later established his own studio.

Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including the W. W. Norton published Here and Now (June 2011) and What Goes On: Selected & New Poems 1995–2009 (2009). Different Hours (2000) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001, and Loosestrife (1996) was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1996.

On Tuesday, July 17, glass artist Megan Biddle and enamelist Jamie Bennett will share their work. Megan Biddle received a BFA from RISD and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been awarded several residencies including The Macdowell Colony, The Creative Glass Center of America, Sculpture Space, and Pilchuck.

Jamie Bennett is a Professor in the Metal Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the recipient of multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded Windgate and Rotassa Foundation grants in support of a traveling retrospective exhibition from 2007–2010.