Marico Chigyo and her fellow artist and sister, Toshie, were born in Osaka, Japan. They emigrated to the United States in 1979 and have worked in textiles, specializing in sashiko, ever since. Their work has been shown in craft shows throughout the United States — most notably in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC.
Marico says that she strives to create an artistic cultural exchange between East and West in all her work.
Lecture: A Sashiko Trunk Show
If there is a master class of sashiko artists, Marico Chigyo certainly belongs to it, as her trunk show of garments, accessories, wall hangings and quilts will attest. Her pieces show her devotion to the rich heritage of sashiko stitching while updating traditional sashiko with contemporary designs and shapes. She includes the use of bright primary colors as well as the traditional indigo hues in the fabrics she uses.
Roosevelt Room – Q-80
Free for members; $5 guests at door
Workshop: Sashiko a la Chigyo
In this workshop, you will learn the traditional hand stitching method of sashiko; how to draw patterns onto fabric using a “hera” marking tool; how to vary your stitch depending on your chosen pattern; and how to construct the Sankaku bukuro, (a three-sided tote bag), a napkin or table centerpiece.
Activity Room – E-46
1:30 to 4:30 PM
Class size: 20 – 25 students
$40 members, $55 guests
Kit Fee: $20