On Wednesday night a full house listened to stories of life and art as Bryan Whitehead presented Down the Mountain - Indigo and Silk Farming in a Japanese Village. Bryan explained how his wanderings as a young man eventually landed him in Japan and how pivotal, deeply felt experiences motivated him to grow indigo and farm silk. It was an engaging and humorous talk that had the audience captivated from start to finish.
Bryan also touched on his approach to learning and how it has influenced his own teaching practice. "What we learn in our thirties we give back in our fifties" he said. Bryan showed images of student work, his farm in Japan, and some of his teaching work with villages in Laos.
|Dedication is everything - a student piece made while studying in Japan with Bryan Whitehead.|
Bryan is teaching three workshops while in Vancouver. His exhibition at the Silk Weaving Studio is up until October 8.