Afterglow Art Festival was held on Sept 24th, 2016 in Bridgewater, NS. We were again fortunate for the opportunity to participate, this time in collaboration with talented textile artists Susan Lilley (shibori dyeing) and Phyllis Price (sashiko stitching). The ikebana team is Miyako Ballesteros and Susan Robertson.
The four of them have joined forces in an exploration of Japanese culture through its application to contemporary textile art and flower arranging.
Pulling ideas together and seeing them all come to fruition were a lot of fun!
The exhibit sought to expose viewers to two deeply held Japanese values: mottainai (disdain for waste) and wabi-sabi (appreciation for old and imperfect items). In North American throw-away, these lesson have important application for achieving sustainability in the 21st century.
We are especially grateful to the people at Keller Williams Select Realty, Bridgewater office--Monica, Carol & Henry--for your help and generosity in letting us use your offices! Also a big thank-you to Ashton Rodenhiser and the rest of the Afterglow organizing committee for having us and making this magical night happen!
P.S. Thank you Phyllis for letting us use some of your photos!