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Bling! is a series of clothing and accessories, featuring candy- coloured screen printed gems stuffed with wool, that playfully explores the issues of consumption as a cultural obsession for acquisitions of status and luxury. The clusters of fabricated gems, are a tongue-in-cheek statement on socially constructed and often misplaced values of worth heightened by an all consuming desire for objects of status, wealth and image. This series was initially launched in 2009, as a solo exhibition at The Print Studio in Hamilton, Canada, and has been continuously exhibited in various galleries throughout Southern Ontario.
About the Designer
h is based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her collections are produced in Canada.
Hitoko Okada is a Hamilton-based Canadian fashion artist. She has worked as a costumer in theaters across Southern Ontario including The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontaio; The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario and Mirvish Productions in Toronto, Ontario. Okada holds a Fashion Design Diploma from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto and an Arts and Sciences Diploma from Langara College in Vancouver BC. A past member of A Collection of Foreign Objects, the artist’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in festivals such as Luminato and Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Illuminares in Vancouver, BC and in venues such as the Harbourfront Gallery and The Department Gallery in Toronto, ON and The Print Studio in Hamilton, ON. Okada’s work is available for purchase on line at http://www.vespoe.com/hitokoo/shop and http://www.etsy.com/shop/HITOKOO