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:
- “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
- “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.