Artist Portfolio-Peggy Biskar

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery for our November show featuring work by Cathi Howell, Peggy Biskar,
and Kathleen Larson.

For inquiries or availability of the pieces shown below, please email the [email protected].

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Peggy Biskar Statement and Show Images

Peggy Biskar

BORO refers to patched textiles prevalent in the frozen northernmost region of Honshu, Japan.  During the Edo Period (1600-1868) dirt-poor farmers wove fabric from hemp which was used to make everything from work clothes to baby diapers to futon bedding.  To provide extra warmth when the fabric was frayed and worn, double and triple layers of hemp were added, holes were stuffed with bits and pieces of rags, and heavy surface stitching called SASHIKO was stitched across the shoulders, back and chest.  The result was a richly decorated cloth thought now to be of significent artistic importance.

While on a textile tour in Japan in 2018, I had the opportunity to see a major exhibit of Boro farm clothing at the Amuse Museum in Kyoto. I was inspired by the indigo-dyed fabrics faded with age, the traditional clothing shapes, and the bold hand stitching.  The pieces spoke of poverty, resourcefulness, creative design, and the aesthetic of recycle, reuse, repurpose.  It was from this experience that I began to produce fabric collages using Japanese fabric scraps sourced in part from a Buddhist temple flea market.

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