Paine, Janice T.
July 1995
Surface Design Journal;Summer95, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p15
Trade Publication
The article discusses the life and works of textile artist Akemi Nakano Cohn. It reveals that her work with brilliantly colored, richly printed, multilayered and interwoven silk wall hangings portrays the story of her struggles to adapt and flourish in a new land. It recalls that Cohn studied textile arts privately with master craftsperson Haru Izumi in Tokyo, Japan from 1976-1985, then followed a course of study in the U.S. that took her from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cohn used Nassen dye techniques which are adapted from traditional Japanese methods to achieve the brilliant colors and seductive visual rhythms of her work.


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