Hitoko Okada

Region: Hamilton Ontario
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.

Artist Statement

HITOKO.O is a line of casual women's clothing, created by Hitoko Okada, produced in mini collections that address political and cultural narratives in handmade, limited editions with integrated textile craft elements. Through each collection, Okada serves to align collectors with an expression of their core identities and to drive empowered communications within themselves and with the world around them. Representational motifs and prints repeated throughout her work are based on concepts explored in Okada's fibre art and are generated from her drawings, print making, and kirigami stencils. From concept to design; pattern to final product, each piece is hand crafted in her Hamilton based studio. She sources fine quality, natural fabrics. In the ethic of handcraft and small run production, she creates original pieces of contemporary wearable art.
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