Monday, July 20, 2015

Fumiko Nakayama's Magnificent Molas


One of my favorite exhibits at Salon Pour l'Amour du Fil 2015 in Nantes, France was a jaw-dropping display of molas by Japanese artist Fumiko Nakayama.




Molas are typically made in South America, particularly in Panama and Colombia. They are traditionally part of Kuna women's clothing, and also made as small panels and sold in the tourist trade. I spotted one in a Portland antiques shop, and it reminded me that I wanted to do a blog post about Fumiko's work.

framed mola in a local antiques shop in Portland, Oregon
Having seen many molas, I must say I have a huge crush on Fumiko Nakayama's work. Her molas are magnificent! The scale, the color, and the amount of appliqué and reverse appliqué is stunning. Here are some pictures from Salon Pour l'Amour du Fil.























15 comments:

  1. HOLY WOW! I can only imagine how amazing these are in person. Thanks for sharing Fumiko's work with us!

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  2. WOW is right. Amazing use of color and contrast. I love these!

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  3. Interesting to see molas can go modern as well as traditional. Lovely photos.

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  4. Wow indeed - those are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. These are such beautiful pieces! So intricate!

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  6. Absolutley amazing! You could sit and just look for hours if you had the chance.

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  7. So gorgeous thanks for sharing, the colors and shapes within shapes in composition are fantastic!

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  8. Holy smokes!! I can't fathom the time it took to create even one of these masterpieces. Truly beautiful.

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  9. It doesn't happen to me very often, but I am speechless. These are amazing! Thank you for bringing them and this amazing artist to our attention.

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  10. fantastic - I'd love to see these in person. my favorite one is the last one - some kind of astronomical bodies. you should definitely buy one!

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  11. Oh wow! These are stunning! I would love to see them in person some day ...

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