Faculty Member Heather Ujiie Has Busy Summer Ahead

Heather Ujiie, adjunct professor of Foundation, Fashion, Fine Arts(Textiles) and Interior Design is exhibiting her work in “Nature’s Mark” at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ through September 8, 2013. The group show features fiber artists who embrace the concept of nature and materiality in their work. It includes traditional and innovative printing techniques, including work on fabric, paper and organic materials.

“My work uses digital printing technology on fabric and paper.” Ujiie said. “My work process includes several methods of artistry:hand painting and drawing, and than digital editing and printing techniques. I have also begun to experiment with surface manipulation as well.”

Ujiie has also been selected as one of two artists for the 2013/14 residency program at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware.

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world.

Ujiie is interested in their collection of design objects, such as porcelain and textiles. She is particularly interested in looking at Spode dinnerware (blue and white porcelain used in the mid 1700s to late 1800s in both China and Europe,) and she’s also investigating Chinese panoramic wallcovering in the downstairs Chinese Parlor of the Estate.

“My residency is focused on both design and art applications (print design and installation). I am currently working on a few different outcomes: a digitally printed and designed fashion Kimono collection, a printed wallpaper collection, and an installation integrating the concept of multiples." she said. "In the fall I will be giving an artist's lecture at Winterthur, and in February I will have a solo exhibition at the Chris White gallery, in Wilmington."

Published on July 9th, 2013