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Twenty Marudai with bobbins are available for rental at 500 yen per day.

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Giovanna Imperia


Elizabeth Bennett
Shirley Berlin
Karen DeSousa
Anna Hurwitz
Sandy Jessett
Fusayo Kanegae
Ethel Kawamura
Mona Killingworth
Hiroko Miura
Leigh Morris
Anne Percival
Molly Pere
Debbie Richardson
Norma Rinaudo
Kimiko Shimazu
Misako Shintani
Sue Stevenson
Tunde Tuskes
Carol Wang
Anne Whitehead

(20 of 20)

Giovanna Imperia

Houston, USA

I have always been intrigued by the textures and visual or tactile experiences provided by certain materials. So, it was natural for me to develop an interest in media such as beads, fiber, metal and experiment with three-dimensional structures and techniques while exploring how these and other organic materials can interact with each other in a dynamic way.
The original influences of my designs can be traced to tribal adornment and ancient forms. This origin is refleted in the preference for traditional shapes (eg., armlets, torques, fibulae, etc.) and their scale. However, I like to transform these traditions by reinterpreting them through the use of highly tactile and organic materials and by expanding shapes.
My work has been shown in many juried and invitational national and international exhibits. Selected work has also been reproduced in textile and jewelry books (for instance a kumihimo necklace was selected for the juried book “500 necklaces” by Lark Books), and can be found in private and museum collections.
Articles written:
•Kumihimo Conference report, Ornament Magazine, Winter 2003
•"Shibori jewelry" Handwoven Magazine, October 2006
•Upcoming monograph on kumihimo to be published in Italy by Le Arti Tessili
Artist in residence: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 2003 and 2006
Artistic education:
•Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
Teaching experience:
•Workshops and seminars at: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Le Arti Tessili (Italy), local and national bead studios, and fiber and metal guilds, state and national conferences.

African dream armulet