Sumi Feabric Art

About Sumi Foley

Sumi Foley

Artist’s Statement

I love fabric. As a child of 4 or 5 years old, I would often spend the night at my Grandmother’s house. She had boxes of kimono scraps. I enjoyed spending my time touching and gazing at the fabric. At the same time my grandmother showed me the art of sewing.

Years later, when she was about to throw a big bag of old kimono fabric in the trash, I asked her to give me that fabric because I could not bear the thought of it being in the trash. Since that moment more than 25 years ago, I have devoted my life to making my Abandoned Fabric art.

I use old silk kimono fabric that is given to me by family, friends and fans of my art. Each piece of fabric has a human story in it. Each piece of old fabric has a beautiful design and color. It’s just like us humans. When used in the right way, its beauty stands out. I love transforming what has been abandoned into something beautiful.

It is amazing when light falls on the surface of kimono fabric. The colors vibrate and bounce the light into the air. This vibrates the imagination and takes us to many creative places. I believe imagination is essential for human beings.

I want to do my part in reminding people that we can make a more beautiful human story together when we use imagination creatively. I see my art as a small part in the quest for peace in the human family. It will be my footprint after I am gone.

About Sumi's Foxes . . .

Sumi Foley

I often use foxes clothed in their own kimonos for my art.

When I was little, my grandmother used to tell me stories at bedtime, and these foxes dressed in kimonos always came to my mind.

We are just like a piece of fabric
Each has a different pattern
Each has a different color
Each has a different story
Through each life
Let’s sew us together
And make a beautiful story
for the next generation

by Sumi Foley

Sumi's Shows and Collections. . .

Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
Brenart Gallery, Pasadena, CA
San Bernadino Valley College, San Bernadino, CA
Aiko Institute, Claremont, CA
Cuttress Gallery, Pomona, CA
The Main Street Gallery, Pomona, CA
Bunny Gunner, Claremont, CA
Claremont Forum Gallery, Claremont, CA
Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA
Claremont Community Foundation, Claremont, CA
Cal State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA
Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA
Folk Music Center Museum, Claremont, CA
The Main Street Gallery, Groton, NY
Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA
Square I Gallery, Claremont, CA
KCET Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Desert Painter Studio Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Gallery Sobaya Ai, Sayama Osaka
Gallery SOU, Toyonaka Osaka
Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, Mitaka Tokyo
Tane Hospital, Osaka, Japan

Inland Empire Museum of Art, California

Ohtani Clinic, Osaka, Japan
George & Roylene Cuttress, California
Fr.Bill Moore SS.CC., California
Barry & Mari McGuire, California
Bob & Kristina Kelly, Sweden
Aart & Dineke Bentsink, Netherlands