It’s Reigning Men

If you are in the LA area this summer, I highly recommend attending the “Reigning Men” exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA to locals).  Last week, a fellow artist and I attended a lecture by the AMAZING curator, Sharon Takeda, and afterward were able to get a semi-private tour of the exhibit.  Of course, this plain-weave wool suit caught my eye as it was created via shibori, using both itajime and resist dyeing techniques.  The red coat in the right background was inspired by traditional warrior/shogun attire.

The exhibition explores the history of men’s fashionable dress from the eighteenth century to the present and is arranged thematically instead of chronologically.  Oh and by the way, if you love embroidery, you’ll be in heaven here.

Itajime ensemble by Yusuke Takahashi. sp/s 2014.
Itajime ensemble by Yusuke Takahashi. sp/s 2014.


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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at Her surface and textile designs can be found at

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