photography by George Qua-Enoo 2017

photography by George Qua-Enoo 2017

HITOKOO is a line of casual women's clothing, produced by Hitoko Okada, in mini collection micro-batches that address political and cultural narratives in handmade slow fashion ethic, featuring integrated textile craft elements. 
Representational motifs and prints are repeated throughout the collection and are generated from drawings and paper cut out stencils, and are based on concepts explored in her fibre based sculptures and installations.
From concept to design; pattern to final product, each piece is hand crafted in her studio. She selectively sources only the finest quality natural fabrics in limited quantities. In the ethic of handcraft, 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 had worked as a theatre costumer across Canada since 1998 until 2008. She is a fibre artist who has exhibited work across Canada including Vancouver, BC; Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario. She is also a current member of an oral storytelling group with The Hamilton Seven crafting biographical and researching pre-colonial cultural stories to challenge socially dominant singular narratives.

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

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