Kortman opens Una Ryan’s ‘Messengers’ June 9

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Rockford artist offers elegance of Japanese obis, kimonos

The Eastern elegance of Japanese obis and kimonos has inspired the innovative imagination of Rockford artist Una Ryan to create works of art she refers to as fabric collages. These colorful collages of silk and other vintage textiles will be shown in an exhibition titled “Messengers,” opening Friday, June 9 at Kortman Gallery.

Ryan, who also instructs yoga at Pranayama Yoga Studio, has been influenced by Eastern philosophy and aesthetics.

“My current work is inspired by a personal mantra: nurture, respect, conserve, recycle—words that have heart and meaning on several levels,” Ryan said. “I express this through assembling fabric collages from vintage textiles, primarily Japanese kimonos and obis. This allows me the privilege of rescuing exquisitely beautiful remnants and scraps, giving them a new life.”

According to Kortman Gallery Director Doc Slafkosky, Ryan’s unusual combinations of colors and fabrics results in sophisticated, delicate works of art.

“This is the first exhibition of textile art in the history of our gallery,” Slafkosky said. “Una has combined not only fascinating colors with extrordinary fabrics, but also Western artistic traditions with Eastern aesthetic sensibilities.”

Opening reception for the exhibit is 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, June 9, at Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J.R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 N. Main St. For more information, call 968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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