Akemi Cohn

Akemi was born in Japan and studied dyeing for 10 years under the master Haru Izumi. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Colorado and SEED Arts and Education in California. She has taught at Haystack, Penland, and Arrowmont craft schools.


Cranbrook Academy of Art - M.F.A. in Fiber Art


Printing, stitching, painting on fabric

Areas of focus:




Exhibition highlights:

  • HoopDreams, Lillstreet Art Center Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2018
  • Trace/Memory: Akemi Nakano Cohn, Fort Lewis College Art Gallery, Durango, CO - 2016
  • Beyond Indigo Norm, Fishcake Gallery, Honolulu, HI - 2015
  • Material Matters, Union Street Gallery Julied by Joan Livingstone, Chicago, IL - 2014
  • Cycle of Renewal (solo), Gallery Uesuto, Tokyo, Japan - 2011

Other interests and inspirations:

Various cultures around the world, animals, plants

Publication highlights:

  • New Flora, Lillstreet Art Center Gallery Catalogue - 2014
  • 1000 Artisan Textiles: Contemporary Fiber Art, Quilts, and Wearables, pub. Quarry Books - 2010
  • Turkey Red Journal, vol. 15

Akemi's teaching style:

She focuses on each student's technical development. The majority of her classes apply ancient Japanese dyeing, printing, and stitching techniques.

Akemi loves EAC because . . .

The environment is clean and well-organized.


Node Highlight
photograph of a quilt
Class Department