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Textile designer and artist Yoshiko exhibits at Okinawa Market

Date Posted: 2009-03-27

Yoshiko Gordon set out for America 34 years ago to “entrust her dream” as a graphic designer, five years after graduating from the Kuwazawa Design Institute.

Today, she’s back in Okinawa making her life’s work by “natural living words and pictures growing together. She’s finely honed her design skills, and is currently staging an exhibition at Okinawa Market at the Camp Foster Shopping Mall. Open weekdays 10 a.m. ~ 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. ~ 8 p.m. through April 12th, Yoshiko Gordon is sharing her art and design passions with Okinawa.

Entering the New York City Municipal Fashion Institute of Technology upon arrival in the United States, she studied textile design while working as an assistant designer and stylist with a textile company. Launching out on her own in 1979, Yoshiko Gordon began her own textile fashion lines under the trade name Yoshiko. Through the 1980’s and 1990’s she produced posters, greeting cards, calendars and lines of clothing. In 1999 Yoshiko published her first book, Yoshiko, a detailed collection of wallpaper designs.

Yoshiko also produced calendars in Japan for a Japanese company, leading to further business producing her own image calendars. Her successes led a number of companies to engage her services for various design projects. In the late 1990’s she moved into the educational realm, teaching textile design with a new Jersey design technical college.

Disillusioned with life in the U.S. after September 11th 2001, Yoshiko began longing for a return to her homeland. “It seems as if I woke up from the illusion”, she says, losing her spirit for an American love as “love faded away, day by day, in America.” In 2004 she returned to Japan to lecture at Okinawa International Design Academy, a summer that rekindled her yearning for the island.

Migrating back to Okinawa in 2005, Yoshiko says her creativity revived, and she began seeing herself as a perceptive designer. She’s staged exhibitions at Okinawa Plaza House Shopping Center in 2006, Okinawa Zampa Royal Hotel in 2007, and Okinawa Kitanakagusuku Café Green Green in 2008.

Yoshiko’s Okinawa Market exhibition focuses on both her paintings and products.

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