Wednesday, November 12, 2014

30% Off Maiwa Furniture - Starts Today at Maiwa East


Sale Starts Today!

30% off all furniture - November 13 - 16

It has been a few years since we've had a sale this big at Maiwa East
 — and it might be a few years before we have another.

Here's the deal.
1) 30% off all furniture.
2) No holds or layaways.
3) Only at our Maiwa East location. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sale Hours:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10am to 5pm.

Sale does not extend to bedding or
other non-furnature items.
Sale discount cannot be combined
with other discounts. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Get Ready ... November 13 at Maiwa East


30% off all furniture - November 13 - 16

It has been a few years since we've had a sale this big at Maiwa East — and it might be a few years before we have another.

Here's the deal.
1) 30% off all furniture.
2) No holds or layaways.
3) Only at our Maiwa East location. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sale Hours:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10am to 5pm.

Sale does not extend to bedding or
other non-furnature items.
Sale discount cannot be combined
with other discounts. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Review - Expressing Impossibility

Joan Morris speaking at the 2014 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Joan Morris closed out the 2014 lecture series with her talk - Expressing Impossibility. There were two main themes. The first was that very little is actually impossible. As a personal challenge she set for herself, Joan Morris wanted to connect with people outside her practice and follow up on unusual leads. One such lead was to contact the US Army Corp of Engineers and speak to them about the similarity between satellite mapping imagery and her own shaped resist artwork. To her surprise the cold call let to a commission and ten years of work.

Danielle Bush introducing
Joan Morris
Joan's second theme was that we all have the potential to curate our own museum exhibits. The exhibitions take place in the unlimited space of our imaginations, and they are built over our lives, staged and restaged as our conception of what is important changes. As an active museum goer who books research and study time in the collections, Joan introduced the audience to the ways that an artist might engage more fully with the incredible textiles collected in the world's institutions.

It was a lyrical and poetic lecture, filled with ideas and the stories of how these ideas played out in Joan's own artistic practice and artwork.

Detail of Joan Morris' work using a patented
technique for printing gold metal on textiles.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Review - The Orissa File

On October 25th Charllotte Kwon presented the Orissa File - an in-depth look at the handloom and ikat traditions of Orissa (now Odisha). The talk featured photography and video vignettes of many villages. Charllotte brought out some magnificent pieces from the Maiwa Textile Collection to display the high-quality of weaving and patterning techniques.

As a special treat, Alex Kwon set up a time lapse film of the event. We always knew we had a crack team for set-up and this video proves it.

Here is a direct link 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review - My Forest is a Garden

On October 21, Rutsuko Sakata presented her lecture "My Forest is a Garden." She introduced the audience to the small northern village of Fiskars, famed for it scissors, where she spends a little more that half of each year.

Rutsuko then proceeded to talk about the inspiration for her very graphic work before moving on to explain how she works. The audience witnessed an in-depth survey of her work including a short film featuring her clothing and textiles in a dance performance.

We are happy to share this film as it has been posted to youtube and is available here:

Below is a still from the film. Rutsuko manages to combine a very strong graphic sensibility with an innovative textile technique. 

Virta - Stream - link to youtube movie.

Next up - October 25 "The Orissa File" with Charllotte Kwon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review - African Blues: My Life in Indigo

Gasali Adeyemo speaking at the Maiwa Textile Symposium

On October 21, Gasali Adeyemo delivered his lecture "African Blues: My Life in Indigo" to a full house in the Net Loft. Gasali last delivered a lecture to the symposium audience in 2007 and it was a pleasure to reconnect with him.

Here is Tim McLaughlin's introduction to the evening ...

Tonight it is my pleasure to introduce Gasali Adeyemo. Gasali is an artisan from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria. He specializes in the traditional techniques of patterning cloth and dyeing it with African indigo. 
Gasali is a man who is full of stories. He is so full of stories, in fact, that I hesitate to tell you too much about him ahead of time for fear that I might give one of his tales away. But I think there is one that I can mention. One that emphasizes who he is and the courage of the transformation that he has made without giving too much away. 
Gasali grew up in Nigeria. He is from family of nine – all living in a small house, sleeping on the concrete floor. When he was preparing to leave Africa for the first time, he was in the airport in Nigeria. A man struck up a conversation and asked him where he was going. He replied that he was flying to the United States. The man was impressed. 
How is it that you can go there? The man  asked, What will you do there? 
I will teach indigo. Gasali replied. 
The man was incredulous. Why would someone invite a man all the way from Africa only to teach indigo? Indigo grew everywhere. Everyone knew you could dye with it. Why even bother with something so common? 
How can you afford your ticket? The man asked. 
Actually … they are paying for my ticket. Gasali replied. 
The man could not believe it. The world was a very strange place indeed. He walked away shaking his head. 
Now, what I want to emphasize with this story are three things: risk, love, and vision. 
When Gasali decided to follow in the path of his mother – who is also an indigo dyer, he took a huge risk. He took this risk because he loved indigo and he especially loved what it did to cloth. He still loves that, as those of you who are fortunate enough to be in his workshop will discover. But there was no way to know if his love of indigo was self indulgent or far-sighted. 
Today, we say that Gasali Adeyemo is a man of great vision. He lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a respected artisan. He flies all over the world talking and teaching about indigo. It is easy for you – some other artisans might say – you are a successful man and everyone wants you to speak and teach … 
But when Gasali was a young man, indigo was as common as the weeds by the side of the road – in fact many of the weeds by the side of the road were indigo plants. What was in between that young man and the many you are going to listen to tonight were many many, years of hard work and an unbelievable dedication. 
Risk. Love.  And vision. 
I often say that this audience is filled with makers. Making has the power to transform your life—sometimes in small ways and sometimes on a grand scale. I know of no other individual who’s life has been so radically changed through the potential of making. How? How has making transformed his life in such a profound way? 
To answer that question I turn over the floor to the man himself ... Gasali Adeyemo.
Tim McLaughlin introducing Gasali Adeyemo.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review - Layers of Life

Kyoko Ueda contemplates a question on the origin of her work after her lecture "Layers of Life."

In her introduction, Kyoko explained that she turned 60 this year.

"In Japan, 60 is the age people celebrate as a huge landmark year and receive presents. People often wear something red or choose something red for the occasion.

"60 years is considered to be the unit of one big cycle of life. So it is the time to go back to when you were born, and life begins newly again. Red at this time represents the beginning and is a happy colour ...

Kyoko took the audience through her unique artistic practice which involves the use of silk gauze layered many times. The resulting objects have great depth and intensity, but also a strange lightness that makes them unlike anything else. Kyoko also talked about her inspiration and how she moves ideas from installation sized pieces to wearable items such as shawls and scarves.

The lecture was translated by Yuki Blackwell who will also be assisting in Kyoko's workshops.

Yuki and Kyoko during the Q and A after the lecture.

Kyoko's work goes on exhibition tonight (Friday October 17th) at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island in a two-person show titled "Sound of Nature." Kyoko is exhibing with Noriko Narahira.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review - Serene Sensibility

October 14th was a considered investigation of light, shadow, nature, and the interior world of an artist as Noriko Harahira took the audience on tour of her work and creative process.

Every few years Noriko develops a new approach, and through investigating her relationship with nature, create a new body of work for a solo show. The audience were invited to see the progression of a life dedicated to texture, pattern, and Noriko's unique relationship with textiles. She has worked on room filling installations. Some of them created to occupy the rooms of a traditional Japanese house. Noriko has also worked in miniature, deploying similar techniques to make works that fit into the hand.

Noriko also introduced the Shake Hand project. Designed to aid the residents of the Tohoku Area of Japan who are still recovering from the 2011 Tsunami, the project involves selling "blank" cloth salmon to artisans who embellish them. The completed fish are exhibited in a gallery and then sold to raise money for rebuilding the lives of Tohoku residents. "Shake" means salmon in Japanese - and so the title of the project plays off the handmade nature of the embellished fish and the ability of people across the world to come together to "shake hands" to help each other.

Full information in Japanese can be found on the facebook page at:

Here is an english description of the project:

Together Noriko Narahira and Kyoko Ueda will have an exhibition titled "Sound of Nature" at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island. The opening reception is this Friday October 17th from 6-8pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Dog Recovered - Tzou Rescue

The St. Bernard, "Tzou" has been recovered after the truck he was in was stolen on Thursday night. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help. We had staff postering the city and an entire team of volunteers sweeping the area where the truck was found abandoned.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Tzou was found on the East side of Vancouver. We are very grateful to everyone who spread the news on social media. CBC, CTV, and Global News also helped out and ran stories through their networks.

Everyone is relieved to be reunited. And we are very pleased that this story has a happy ending.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Update: Truck Found - Dog Still Missing

Thanks to the Maiwa community for your support. Someone found the truck early in the morning. The St. Bernard, Tzou, is still missing.

The truck was found in the Kits area, (13th and Pine) roughly between Granville and Burrrard Streets. We are hopeful that someone will spot the dog in this area.

Once again, thanks to everyone for helping.

Call or email Maiwa (604 669 3939) ( with any information.