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Art & Design Thinking Camp A youth summer camp in Mayfair, San Jose, CA. Conceived, designed by and taught by Takara. Sponsored by the Alum Rock Educational Foundation and the San Jose Safe Summer Initiative, July 1st-July 5th, 2013. Technology support by the Kruase Center for Innovation and Next Vista for Learning.

Special Spots A youth exploration in mapping personal transit patterns and special locations in community. Sponsored by the VTA and San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, January- March 2013.

Montalvo Arts Center Teaching Artist-in-Residence March-May, 2013.

Wrap It Up Video & Mural Project A youth video project at Burnett Middle School in San Jose. Fiscal Sponsor is Next Vista for Learning Street Screening at Jackson and 6th in San Jose, Japantown on May 4th, 2013.

Seeking Shelter Youth Design Challenge A large scale student collaborative web based art project launches with the ZERO1 Art & Technology Biennial on September 14th, 2012.

San Jose Japantown Mural Project Dedication Japantown Mural Project Dedication, July 14th, during the Obon Festival, 2012. 3:45 pm, corner of N. 7th Street and Jackson Street, San Jose, CA.

Visual Rhythms/Community Patterns Workshop The 32 Annual Steinbeck Festival: What Can a Voice Change? 2-5pm, May 5th, 2012. Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, Salinas, CA.

You Are Here Street Banner Installation Krause Center for Innovation Art Gallery, Los Altos, CA. Sept 28th - October 27th, 2011.

fusionwear sv Collaborating with The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, designers Colleen Quen and Rick Lee, Takara created digital textiles reflecting on the visual identity of Silicon Valley. The public online image collection component of project was from May 3 though June 4th, 2010. Resulting installation, TECHStyle SoftWEAR, exhibited September 27 through October 31st, 2010. Project supported with an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grant, Creative Connections James Irvine Foundation Grant and an NEA Access to Excellence Grant through the Zero1 Art & Technology Network.
Click here to visit Takara's research site for this project.

Photo by Anthony Chen

Winner of Best Elementary Fine Art, California Media Festival 2010 Thinking Outside The Box Animation created by Cureton Elementary Fourth Grade class of Ms. Arlene Illa in workshop series designed by Takara. Alum Rock, San Jose, CA.

Pluralism in America, January 2009 - October 2009. Art in Embassies Exhibit, Brussels, Belgium.

PAST EVENTS December 2008 - January 2009:

Corinne Okada Takara Presents:
"Rhythms in Space"
The deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA.
Artist Reception December 13th from 3 to 5pm

(Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum December 3rd to January 4th)

Rhythms and Space explored the assembly of recycled materials into airy three dimensional tapestries and wearable art. Corinne Okada Takara blends recycled objects with a whimsical creativity while presenting a visual footprint of diverse Asian cultures at home and in Diaspora. Motifs pulled from the de Young Museum’s textile collection along with visual patterns observed in the museum’s surroundings were interwoven to form these tapestries. Visitors were encouraged to create a tapestry tile of wire, paper, produce netting and recycled materials. These tiles were linked together forming a colorful, evolving wall hanging that invited reflection on the discards of everyday life.

Reception included a mini fashion show of Takara’s dramatic fashion hats as they emerged from the tapestries and were paired with beautiful designer gowns by San Francisco couturier Colleen Quen.

Live music at the reception by composer Scott Perry. Hair and Make-up by Armando and Christopher of Get Your Do Up!

Click on image below to see more images from reception on photographer Lori Paladino's website:

Click on image below to see interview on Bay Sunday Kpix Channel 5:

Photos by: George R. Young - Gown: Colleen Quen Couture - Hair and Makeup: Get Your Do Up!

Remnants - Wrappers - Recyclables

Because beauty exists even where you least expect it.

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