2024 Arts for ME! exhibition is now open.

Global Threads

past event

February 6, 2015 -
April 25, 2015


Open to the Public

The Global Threads exhibition consisted of the works, collections and scholarship for several FIBER artists from around the globe, including Yoshiko Wada, Jessica Hemmings, Mary Zicafoose and Susan Knight.

Global Threads was on display at KANEKO as a part of the collective exhibition, FIBER.


Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada is an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer, and has long been an exponent of traditional and sustainable practices in fashion and textile production. She travels throughout the world giving lectures and workshops, and participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fiber and textiles. Wada is president of the World Shibori Network and founder of Slow Fiber Studios. She also consults for designers, including for the Hollywood film, “Memoirs of a Geisha”; Cirque du Soleil; and Christina Kim of dosa inc. Wada is a leader in the Slow Fiber movement, which works with regional textile production centers and traditional artisan communities to create culturally, socially and environmentally sustainable practices.


Jessica Hemmings
Jessica Hemmings, the renowned textile scholar, explores contemporary textiles and their relationship with postcolonial culture. Hemmings’ exhibition “explores the interrelationship between craft, art, design and contemporary culture” by focusing on examples of contemporary textiles produced by designers, artists and makers that communicate postcolonial thinking.

Mary Zicafoose
Mary Zicafoose’s tapestries and rugs span the globe from the corporate offices of Tenaska in Canada to the United States Embassies on three continents. Her woven pieces blend cultural icons and symbols with a contemporary hand, creating powerful visual statements in fiber. The work and processes are a reflection of her superb craftsmanship and ability to speak articulately through the use of color. Zicafoose’s work has been represented in the International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland; Museo de Textil, Oaxaca, Mexico; and the 9th International Ikat & Shibori Exhibition, Hangzhou, China.

Susan Knight
Susan Knight’s work focuses on ecological water issues ranging from the devastating breakdown of the ecosystem in the Great Lakes to worldwide nitrate contamination in groundwater. Knight uses common materials like paper and Mylar in repetitive ways – cutting, folding, tying and stretching to create visual forms about dramatic ecological issues and to transform perception. Knight’s work has been showcased at the Museum of Nebraska Art, Sheldon Museum of Art and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Learn more about the FIBER season by clicking the button below.

Related Programs

Support Kaneko