Maki and her mother Tsuyo Onodera, a Master Kimono Maker, spent several months as artists-in residence at the Workshop Residence in Dogpatch, San Francisco in 2013. They led a four-day yukata (casual summer kimono) making workshop.Read more.
Senninbari means “Thousand Person Stitches”. The Japanese believe that a garment sewn by many people becomes an amulet, protecting the wearer from danger and clothing them in prayers. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of her home region, Maki and her mother, Tsuyo Onodera created a project to bring together women who had lost everything and teach them sewing skills so they could have a source of income, but even more importantly a connection with others.Read more.
Sonoma Cultural Exchange
Maki is a co-founder of Sonoma Cultural Exchange, a non-profit devoted to bringing cultural activities from Japan and other parts of the world to Sonoma and the Greater Bay Area.Read more.
Examples of limited edition textiles at the San Francisco residential studio.Read more.
Film “Room of Waves”
A three minute film of Maki Aizawa’s installations for “Surviving Tsunami Waves: the Exhibition of Resilience through Arts and Narrative,” (survivingtsunami.com) sponsored by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, Rochester Art Center (RAC) and University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) held in March 2015.Read more.
A 25-hour workshop created by Maki Aizawa and let by Master Kimono Maker, Tsuyo Onodera, to present the techniques and skills in the art of traditional kimono making workshops held at Workshop Residence and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.Read more.