Folded and Flat

Exhibits // Folded and Flat

Mar 3 - Apr 30

Overview // Ana Lisa Hedstrom is a world-renowned textile artist best known for her contemporary adaptations of shibori. The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is honored to present Folded and Flat: Shibori by Ana Lisa Hedstrom from March 3 – April 30, 2017. Hedstrom’s thoughtful and inventive artwork features an amalgam of homemade natural and indigo dyes on kozo paper, textiles, and assembled wool felt.

After college, Hedstrom lived in Kyoto. In the heart of the Asian cultural capital, she developed a deep appreciation for Japan’s graceful and natural aesthetic. Upon her return to the United States, she began practicing the ancient art of shibori, a Japanese resistance dye technique historically used to decorate kimono fabric. Using this laborious method, Hedstrom achieves intricately detailed patterns and culturally significant color combinations. Each unique artwork is made exclusively by hand. San Luis Obispo shibori artist Toni Bouman says, “The art of shibori had been fading out of existence; Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s innovations caused a resurgence, and took shibori to a whole new level. Her explorations and research have pushed this ancient Japanese fiber technique to a new realm.”

Hedstrom’s textiles are included in the collections of major museums, including the Cooper Hewitt, the Museum of Art and Design, and the De Young Museum. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught and lectured at numerous international shibori conferences and schools. Her awards include top prize in Shibori at the World Expo and two NEA grants; she is a fellow of the American Craft Council.

Related Programming
Thursday, March 2, 12 PM: Art at High Noon with Ana Lisa Hedstrom. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 4, 11:30 AM: ARTalk and exhibition tour with Ana Lisa Hedstrom. Free and open to the public.

Details // A public opening reception of Hedstrom’s exhibition will take place on Friday, March 3 from 6 – 9 pm. Hedstrom will also give an ARTalk and exhibition tour at SLOMA on Saturday, March 4 at 11:30 AM. SLOMA ARTalks are free and open to the public.

In conjunction with Hedstrom’s exhibition, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is hosting Art Becomes You: Kimono Style, a party in the Gray Wing to celebrate the artistry of traditional Japanese textile arts. Limited number of tickets are available. Purchase online at or call 805.543.8562.