Junko Oki has created a beautiful and inventive new book called: Punk. I have seen images of her work on the internet and wondered how she does her stitching. This book answers that question with images reproduced in close-ups that show her labor intensive, free style embroidery work in vivid detail. The book, itself, is wonderful to hold; designed by Hiroki Ban on flat, medium paper, with exposed binding, and housed in a cardboard slipcase.
The images in this book show how the work is finished and displayed. There are photographs of flat work and her more sculptural pieces.
And then the surprise feature of the work. There is a thumbnail image of each item at the back of the book with a poetic and personal narrative about the piece. Oki writes: “In this book, there are 115 short narratives attached to each of the works included in this collection. As I wrote the narratives, I looked attentively at the photos I took of my works and went on a trip deep inside my conscious mind. Collectively, the works were none other than a reflection of me, maybe even embarrassingly so. I desired to expose myself even more through my works; I wanted to be true to myself. What else matters? That is the one thing that I know I am good at. I remember the faces of people who have crossed my path. Will you keep watching me throughout my journey?”
Yes. I will keep following Junko Oki and hope she will keep sharing her work and her thoughts.