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HAPPENINGText: Jacqueline Ste-Croix

After a successful showing in Tokyo, Taku Anekawa is now displaying his unique art in Sapporo, and afterwards in New York with his exhibition, “Hidden Curriculum”. Using an interesting blend of old and new technology, Anekawa creates an amazing array of embroidered and silkscreen pieces. Now, gathered together in one spot are some of his best works for people to view and enjoy. It has been highly recommended that people go and experience such an exquisite selection of inspiring work.

The opening party for “Hidden Curriculum” was held on Saturday July 1, 2006 at SOSO Cafe. While the sun was still up, people could come in and enjoy a few drinks while observing Anekawa’s works. However, when the sun set is when things truly began. With the café packed with people and smooth beats flowing out of the speakers, Taku Anekawa made his appearance. A very friendly man, he always had a smile on his face and was more than happy to have a chat with the spectators.

Anekawa put on a live showing of his work. Using a special type of sewing machine that could read memory cards, from his laptop Anekawa would create a design, copy it to a memory card, put that memory card into the sewing machine, set the device, and then the machine would function automatically. While the machine was running, Anekawa was free to do detailed work on some of his other pieces, while watching the machine carefully and making minute adjustments as needed.

For the entire night there had been an astounding amount of thread, feathers, beads, and all other sorts of materials placed on a long table. These were there, not only for his use, but for the guests as well. Everyone was encouraged to go and make something out of the materials and he would later use those pieces in some of his works later that night while the guests watched on.

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