5-2-14 - Finlandia hosting award-winning, international fiber artist Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
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Intensive five-day course begins May 7 at Finlandia’s Jutila Center
The Finlandia University International School of Art & Design is hosting award-winning international fiber artist Kiranada Sterling Benjamin next week for an intensive five-day course on Ro-Kata: Wax Stencil Process.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Kiranada back to the area,” said Phyllis Fredendall, professor of fiber and fashion design at Finlandia. “Her work is beautiful, and the process she goes through is something any artist can learn from.”
There are limited spots remaining in the course. Those interested in participating should call Fredendall at (906) 487-9271 or e-mail Jean Emmons, jeanemmo@aol.com. The course will be May 7-11 at the Jutila center.
Kiranada has been using the wax stencil process for the past 25 years on kimono, obi, scrolls, standing screens, fashion and wall hanging. The process is also great for quilters, and those who dye cloth for personal quilts. Demonstrations, slides covering historical and contemporary Japanese artists’ processes, samples from the instructor’s personal collection and handouts to take home will be available. All stencil-making materials, your own professional wax brush for detail work, a traditional dye brush for brushing on glowing results, wax and dyes are included in the materials fee. For returning students, a reduced fee, not including brushes is possible. A supply list will be available at registration.
Kiranada is an award-winning, international fiber artist with over 70 exhibitions in her pocket. As a master teacher, with a deep love of wax and dye, she delights in sharing her knowledge and insights with both experienced professionals, and beginners. She was a resident of Kyoto for 18 years where she wrote “The World of Rozome : Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan.”  Kiranada currently teaches Surface Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, and recently produced a new DVD on Ro-Kata : Wax Stencil Process.  Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist who explores the connections between meditation, creativity, art and transformation.
Learn more about Kiranada by visiting betsysterlingbenjamin.com