Category: Fine Craft

Hitoko Okada

Hitoko Okada is an interdisciplinary fibre artist, curator, facilitator, and storyteller. Her work explores the politics and cultural significance of Japanese heritage textile folk crafts, fashion, gendered and racialized garment labour from historical, critical, and anti-capitalist perspectives. She engages ancient Japanese practices of thread-making and shifu weaving to commune with ancestral knowledge and relationship to cloth, plants, earth, and spirit. She works on an urban organic farm and is growing her first urban scale crop of Japanese indigo. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and events in Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton, and Burlington. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards including Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council of the Arts and City of Hamilton Arts Awards.

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