photography by  George Qua-Enoo  2017  This image can not be published or shared without permission from the photographer

photography by George Qua-Enoo 2017

This image can not be published or shared without permission from the photographer

HITOKO.O is a line of casual women's clothing, produced by Hitoko Okada, in micro-batches, that address political and cultural narratives.  Each piece is handmade in a slow-fashion ethic, with integrated textile craft elements. From concept to design; pattern to final product, she creates each piece every step of the way. Fine quality natural fabrics are deadstock sourced in limited quantities to reduce industrial waste. HITOKO.O collections are available through direct sales at pop-up shows and on-line only. She uses this framework to support the value of skilled artisan work and for sustainable production. In this ethic, 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.

Okada is a craft maker, fibre artist and storyteller. She had worked as a theatre costumer across Canada since 1998 until 2008. She has exhibited work across Canada including Vancouver, BC; Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. She has been awarded the OAC Compass grant and 2018 scholarship artist residency at Haystack School of Craft in Maine, USA. Okada is a storyteller with The Hamilton 7, telling crafted biographical stories and researching historical pre-contact cultural stories that challenge western dominant singular narratives. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists (COBRA) in Hamilton, Ontario.

For more information on the artist and her practice, please see links below for interviews and reviews:

2018 Interview: The Hamilton Magazine: page 71

2017 Interview: The Silhouette

2015 Interview: National Association of Japanese Canadians

2017 Review: "20 Minutes of Action" Exhibition- The Spectator

2015 Interview: Discover Nikkei Magazine

2015 Feature: Locke-Taylor Magazine

2015 Review: "4 Nikkei Artists" Exhibition- National Association of Japanese Canadians

2016 Article: Japanese Canadian Art Symposium