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Spring/Summer Geisha, artwork by Zoe Langosy

Spring/Summer Geisha, artwork by Zoe Langosy

I feel like I was just complaining about how long the winter was and now spring is easing into summer.  That’s all the excuse I need to share this post from the past — Embodying Nature Through Collage — about a collaboration with artist Zoe Langosy who is one of the few people in the world encouraged to cut up my photos because she incorporates the pieces into such beauty, like this Spring/Summer Geisha.  Have a good weekend, folks, and here’s to having a good summer. 😉

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It was a pleasure participating in Somerville Open Studios 2011.  I met a lot of wonderful people.  A more detailed post about outcomes I may share later.  For those of you not able to attend the event, the two Geisha, representing the overlap of the four seasons, were beautifully presented by artist Zoe Langosy.  A few signed, limited-edition prints are still available for purchase.  For more information, contact the artist directly through her website  http://www.zoe.langosy.net/folio.php or send me a note that I will share with her.

Read about the origin of these pieces here:  https://wordsandimagesbycynthia.com/2011/04/14/embodying-nature/

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In an article titled “Reading for Fashion,” Stan Tymorek writes of clothing inspiring poetry and of poetry inspiring clothing design.   Near the end of the article he makes note of “… the elaborate Japanese geisha costumes that still manage to mirror nature.”



Well, the kimono robes that  Zoe is creating as part of our collaboration do more than mirror nature.

Each geisha kimono is partially composed of nature photography — the images printed on acid free paper and then applied as dictated by Zoe’s overall design.  Once completed, her two geisha will represent the span and overlap of all four seasons.



Here’s snow I photographed one winter in Newton, MA forming the belt of one kimono.

Here’s a shell photographed in summer off the coast of Maine fleshing out the petals of this kimono’s rose.

With each new image she shares with me, I grow increasingly inspired by Zoe’s unique expression of the geisha and the elaborate design of their attire.  I consider myself a patient person but I am humbled by her ability to meticulously make her creative vision real … piece by tiny piece of paper.

View the completed artwork in just two weeks at Somerville Open Studios.  Zoe will be joining me at my table, located in the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.  Who knows? We may be able to share highlights of our next collaboration. 😉

Below is the link for general visitor information.  Hope to see you there.




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It was an unplanned treat, traveling to Kyoto just in time for the Jidai Matsuri or The Festival Ages.  In this annual event, over 2000 people parade through the streets of Kyoto in traditional costumes from Japan’s feudal history. 

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