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.
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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.