Junco Sato Pollack


Kudzu Workshops for Summer 2014:
July 25-27. August 22-24, Sept 26-28
Kudzu Fiber Processing and Weaving Kuzu-fu
at Junco's Studio Muso-an, Lakemont, North Georgia


Date & Time: Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July through September, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Location: Muso-an Studio, 67 whetrock Lane, Lakemont, GA 30552
Workshop Facilitator: Junco Sato Pollack www.juncosatopollack.com / www.kudzuweaving.com
Cost: $250 per person for 3-day workshop.
Sign up: junco@JuncoSatoPollack.com Sign up by the 10th of each month for July, August, and September workshop. List of lodging given on the registration form.
Limit: 4 participants.

Today's Greening Earth awareness invites us to reflect on the ecology of our choice of actions and art practices. Kudzu Fiber Processing and Weaving in North Georgia aims to cultivate grass-roots awareness that sheds light on kudzu (L. Pueraria lobata) as a viable resource for craft, art, and industry through education, research, and fellowship toward building a sustainable handcraft industry in North Georgia.

The workshop takes place in Lakemont, Georgia, located in the Appalachian foothill 100 miles North of Atlanta and 100 miles south of Asheville, NC. The area is known for scenic beauty and lakes. There are varieties of lodging options from camping to historic hotels, B&B in walking distance from Studio Muso-an. A list of accommodations is on the registration form.

Kudzu, while considered today as an invasive weed and menace on the environment, was the long plant fiber used for weaving "grass cloth" wall covering popular in homes during the 50's and 60's in the US. Little known fact is that the entire kudzu plant was used by humans since Neolithic Period. Kudzu fabric is among the oldest fibers known. Kudzu fabric fragments were found in the Chinese archaeological sites from Zhou Dynasty (1026 - 256 BCE). Indonesian fish net is known to be made of kudzu fibers. Kudzu cloths and baskets were documented in Japan since Heian era (794-1185) and continue to be sought as material for fine crafts today. Kudzu roots yield starch for cooking and medicinal use, an effective remedy for fever, alcoholism, and diabetic condition. Kudzu is yet untapped natural resource that might have other good use for arts and crafts here in the States.

This 3-day weekend workshop on kudzu fiber processing is aimed for weavers, paper makers, knitters, designers and artists who are interested in incorporating long plant fiber kudzu into art and design.

Workshop Facilitator, Junco Sato Pollack, MFA, Textile Design RIT 1991, is fulltime artist and retired Professor of Textiles in the E. G. Welch School of Art and Design at GSU. Junco studied weaving, natural dyes, sericulture, and silk as well as kudzu fabric weaving in Kyoto, Japan with master weaver Tsuguo Odani who was a disciple of Soetsu Yanagi, the founder of Japan's Folk Art Museum in Tokyo and the Falk Art Association. For over 30 years Junco exhibited her textile artwork internationally, and maintains a studio Muso-an in Lakemont, GA since 2001. She is committed to living in harmony with nature, nurturing the sustainable art practices, and to the education of the green handcraft practices in North Georgia. She is an initiator of Karen Weavers Workshop (KWW), a non-profit affiliate of the Clarkston Community Center's Women's COOP since 2013.

List of items provided:

Complete outdoor/indoor studio for spinning and weaving
Dressed handloom for shared weaving, or Back-strap loom individual project.
A table for samples of fibers and fabrics display
Worktables and chair

Vine gathering tools
Workbench and stools
Electric cooking pot.
Running water, hose and laundry tubs.

List of items participants bring:

The objective of this workshop is the introduction of the ecology of kudzu vines, growing, harvesting, and kudzu vine fiber processing for various craft use. The focus will be on the exploration of various use of the kudzu fiber itself, and application to fine craft, beyond baskets.

Day one: field clothes -long sleeves and long pants-, rubber boots, gloves, sun and insect protection, hand towel, and apron.

Day two: There will be two dressed handlooms for shared weaving experience. For those who can, bring own loom dressed at @24-36 epi, 10 inch wide, 2 yard length is enough.

For those interested, instruction on non-loom processes and back-strap loom is optional, while loom weaving maybe experienced individually.

For non-weavers, crocheting is better suited than knitting for kudzu fibers. A pair of scissors, a crochet hook #G or any where #8, #10, #12 (medium to large size)

Paper making might be an option with fiber shreds which we produce in abundance. This can be explored if enough people in each group are interested.

Workshop Schedule: This event may be filmed for educational purpose only.

Friday July 25
9:30 am Registration, coffee, and Introduction to the SEFAA.
10:00 am Introduction: slide show on kudzu vine collection
10:30-11:30 am Field trip: vine harvest
12:00- Kudzu cooking: Kudzu will be cooked for an hour -outside-
12:00- 1:30 pm Lunch -Bring your lunch-
1:30- Demonstration of retting, vine cleaning, and splitting, & tieing fibers.
2:00- 4:30 pm Outdoor Studio Work -in and outside on the benches outside
4:00- Conclusion for the day. You may continue your work.

Saturday, July 26
9:30 am Registration and Coffee
10:00- 10:30 am Discussion, "Primordial Fabric" Junco Sato Pollack
11:00-12:00 Warping and back-strap loom set up or Weaving on a floor loom.
12:00-1:30 Lunch -bring your lunch-
1:30- 4:30 Weaving continues. You can work outside to process fibers

Sunday, July 27
9:30 am Registration and coffee
10:00 - 11:00 am Meditation at CSA Meditation Center (optional) Fiber processing, Reading.
11:00 - 12:00 am Discussion: Other potential kudzu fiber use: Baskets, crochet, papar, felt, etc
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30- 3:00 pm Instruction and individual work continues
3:00 - 3:30 pm Show and tell
3:30 - 4:30 Clean up
4:00 Conclusion of program. Participant can expect to take home a kudzu place mat or other object

Reading Recommendation:

Book of Kudzu, William Shurtleff, Akiko Aoyagi 1978
Alison Court, "The Changing Fortunes of Three Archaic Japanese Textiles". Cloth and Human Experience. Ed. Annette B. Weiner and Jane Schneider. Smithsonian Series in Ethnic Inquiry 1991.
Cheng Weiji. Ed. History of Textile Technology of Ancient China. Scientific Press 1992
Eritjof Capra, The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable living. First Anchor Books 2004.
Mary Crovatt Hambidge. Apprentice in Creation, the Way is Beauty. the Hambidge Center Rabun Gap, Georgia 1975.
David Flawley. Gods, Sages, and Kings: Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization. Passage Press 1991.
Vasant Lad. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, Based on the Timeless Wisdom of India's 5,000-year-old Medical System. Three Rivers Press 1998.
Daniel P. Reid, Chinese Herbal Medicine. Shambhala Boston 1993.

Once we see the unity and continuity of life, life begins.
It is the creative way, the way of the creator.

I have the gift of second sight.
I see into the past.
I see into the future.
I see the destruction that could come if we left it.
I see the beauty that would evolve if we mold it.
-Mary Crovat Hambidge, Apprentice In Creation

Ecological sustainability is an essential component of the core values that form the basis for reshaping globalization. …………. The key to an operational definition of ecological sustainability is the realization that we do not need to invent sustainable human communities from scratch, but can model them after nature's ecosystems………
-Fritiof Capra, Hidden Connections

I am looking forward to our workshop, sharing ideas to inspire our creativity.

Warm Regards,
Junco Sato Pollack, Muso-an, Lakemont, GA


Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12-4 pm
Workshop Stitching Mandala of Hope and Community Interactive Art
Stitching Mandala of Hope Workshop
SEFAA Center, Atlanta GA

March 1, 2014 12:00-4:00 pm. Atlanta So to Zen Center

Join artist Junco Sato Pollack for this unique stitching mandala meditation practice. ASZC members and Atlanta community are invited to participate in stitching “mandala of hope” onto a piece of blank votive fabric prepared by the artist. The individual work is then joined into the "Collective Mandala" to commemorate the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing the supportive good will for the survivors who are still in the bardo of rebuilding their lives.

August 11-23, 2013
Kudzu Fiber Processing and Weaving class at Penland, NC
Junco Sato Pollack - Kudzu Fibers: Fabrics & Forms

This class will use kudzu fibers to explore two- and three-dimensional fiber forms. We will harvest wild kudzu vines from Penland’s back yard, extract fibers, and weave mats using individually constructed Japanese-style twining looms and backstrap looms. Along with learning about this abundant source of fiber, students will explore the link between cordage, basket forms, and woven fabric. All levels. Code 06TB

March 2, 2013
Stitching Mandala of Hope, a workshop at the CSE in San Jose, California in conjunction with the exhibition:
Meditation in Space and Time: Junco Sato Pollack: Sutra Chants Hangings and Stitched Mandalas at MSJQT: http://www.csecenter.org/

Manlala Workshop Video

Interview with Mel Van Dusen at the opening reception at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

February 3, 2013
Stitching Mandala of Hope, a free Workshop at SEFAA in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the exhibition:
Meditation in Space and Time: Junco Sato Pollack: Sutra Chants Hangings and Stitched Mandalas at MSJQT:

Solo Exhibition:
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
February 13 – April 28, 2013

Meditation in Space & Time: Junco Sato Pollack
Sutra Chants Hangings and Stitch by Stitch Mandala


Interview with Mel Van Dusen at the opening reception at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Join artist Junco Sato Pollack surrounded by her beautiful fabric installation for this unique stitching demonstration and meditation practice. Pollack explains that "In meditation, one releases all mundane thought and mental activity and focus lightly on the breath, on emptiness, the void, and observe the sub-conscious and super-conscious mind activity. “ Museum visitors will participate in this meditation by stitching wishes or mantras onto a piece of blank sutra fabric prepared by the artist, as act of meditation, and then pinning it onto the “Collective Mandala" intended to comemorate the second anniversary of the Japan Earth Quake of 3.11.2011.

The artist will be in the galleries: February 13 - 16, 11am – 3 pm and February 17: Members Walk-Through with artist Junco Sato Pollack (with Opening Reception) 1 – 3pm. Please RSVP to rsvp@sjquiltmuseum.org.

Office: 11 Polo Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 | Studio: 67 Whetrock Ln, Lakemont, GA 30525
Email: junco@juncosatopollack.com