The University of San Diego will host the Kyoto Prize Symposium featuring the 2014 Arts and Philosophy Kyoto Prize Laureate
Ms. Fukumi Shimura
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Ms. Fukumi Shimura has developed her original style of art, commanding an extraordinarily colorful range of plant-dyed yarns as her visual vocabulary and unleashing her imagination to improvise an infinite resonance of colors over canvases of tsumugi kimono. Through a constant communication with nature and deep meditation, she has cultivated a "tender and flexible thought that advances to weave human existence into nature."
Declared a "national living treasure" by the Japanese government, Ms. Shimura has developed an original style of art that has been deeply influenced by the Mingei (Japanese Folk-art) movement. During her career, the gifted artist and environmentalist has crafted more than 1,000 kimonos using every shade of color imaginable.
Ms. Shimura will speak about her work and her artistic use of sustainable natural colors created from nature. Several of her beautiful kimonos will be on display.