Posts Tagged ‘Miya Ando’
Element Advocate and artist, Miya Ando, may be most well-known for her intricate metalwork, implementing steel and pigment to create beautifully hand-crafted pieces. However, this past May, she took her artistic ability to Dorado, Puerto Rico, and participated in “Obon,” a 24 hour outdoor art installation sponsored by The Fist Art Foundation. This project celebrated the ancient Japanese festival of “Obon,” a ceremony to honor and commemorate the departed.
To represent Puerto Rico’s natural phenomenon of bio-luminescence and boat travel, Miya incorporated hundreds of floating leaves on an outdoor pond that appeared clear in daylight and emitted a soft blue light in the dark. The project involved skeletons of Ficus leaves, which are abundant and native to Puerto Rico.
Miya coated each Ficus leaf with a non-toxic, ‘daytime invisible, night time luminous’ phosphorescent pigment, which “charged” with sunlight during the day, and emitted a soft blue glow for a short period of time during the night, making it appear as if each leaf was glowing. We can only imagine how peaceful and beautiful this installation was to see in person!
Miya Ando morphs her steel paintings with her first ever product design, “Tetsu to kinu,” an “iron and silk” scarf made of 100% silk chiffon and dye! The magical effect that her steel sculptures have on viewers carries on into her ethereal silk scarf, into a beautiful design of wearable art!
Even more beautiful is the fact 10% of proceeds will be donated to benefit Japan’s earthquake and tsunami recovery, still underway! The scarf is only available for a limited time though on Spoon & Tamago, sale closes on July 15th, so get yours quickly!
Size: 22″ x 22″ and 36″ x 36″
Photos by: Karen Kristian
The name alone of Advocate and steel worker Miya Ando‘s show had us dreaming for the opening! Ethereal works of color and steel in perfect harmony.
Head to the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica to see Miya’s solo show, Color of Light, through January 14th!
Our girl Miya is in town and spreading the Color of Light!!
Please join us for the opening of steel artist and Eden Advocate Miya Ando’s exhibition The Color of Light on December 10th at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica!!
Can hardly wait to see you there!
Fine steel artist and Eden Advocate Miya Ando holds a big place in her heart for the town of Santa Cruz, spending many years in the mountainous town of Northern California growing up.
It was an honor for Miya when the Firefighters at the Corralitos Fire Station of Santa Cruz reached out requesting she develop another commemorate 9/11 memorial from some of the scrap steel of the world trade towers.
The final beautiful piece was unveiled with Miya today, and will forever serve as a memory in honor of what happened that day and even today continues to affect us.