Hitoko Okada

Region: Hamilton Ontario
Generation: Nisei
Born 1976, Vancouver



Hitoko Okada is a fibre artist and craft maker based in Hamilton, Ontario. She started her career as a props maker and costumer in professional theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia and throughout Southern Ontario, including The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, and Mirvish Productions in Toronto, Ontario. Her early artistic practice emerged from working in community arts in Vancouver, British Columbia, with various community arts organizations, including The Public Dreams Society, as well as and independent collaborative projects working to create artistic spaces for marginalized youth living in East Vancouver. Since 1999, Okada has been a practicing artist, working primarily with paper, for installation and sculptural work for exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. In 2009, she launched a limited production clothing and accessories line, under the label hitoko.o, that merges her artistic practise and craft lineage with political and cultural narratives.

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