Exhibition of Kimono Silk as Pigment at En Gallery


Born in Osaka, Foley has been making fabric art for more than 30 years. As a child of 4 or 5 years old, she would often spend the night at her grandmother’s house, where she learned to sew and enjoyed looking at and touching her grandmother’s kimono fabric scraps. Years later, when her grandmother was about to throw away these scraps, she asked her to give her that fabric.

Since then she has been creating her “abandoned fabric” art, using small pieces of antique silk kimono fabric as pigment on canvas. For each work, she lovingly pieces the silk fragments together to form textile mosaics that speak of a reconstructed connection to her homeland and its traditions and to nature. On some, she stitches playful details drawn from Japanese folklore, such as foxes – auspicious creatures who serve as messengers of Inari, god of the rice harvest.