"I am thrilled to be showcased in such a prestigious location during this magical time of year! I believe that if these pieces stir emotions of compassion, kindness, and wonder, perhaps those feelings will...help to heal the world.
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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2010
On November 25, an exhibition of sixty-three unique, needle felted sculptures by American fiber artist Rebecca Varon will be unveiled as the main focus of the Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown’s holiday display and in conjunction with Oakwood Worldwide’s 50th Anniversary. Another thirty-two pieces will be auctioned to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, Japan. This is the first time that Varon’s work has appeared publicly in Japan.
Based in Los Angeles, Varon creates her heirloom-quality treasures by sculpting natural fibers with a specialized needle. Her ethereal angels and fairies, mobiles, standing figures, and journal covers are made from wool, silk, bamboo and eco-friendly Tencel, while Swarovski crystals add sparkling accents. These soft pieces generally do not have a face, leaving the mood and expression to the viewer's imagination. Many of them are inspired by characters found in Grimm's and other classic fairy tales. Her “sculptural wool paintings” bridge the gap between crafts and the world of fine art. In honor of the culture and location of this event, Varon will introduce her new signature “Geisha Fairies.”
Varon hopes her work will inspire others during the holiday season. "I am thrilled to be showcased in such a prestigious location during this magical time of year! I believe that if these pieces stir emotions of compassion, kindness, and wonder, perhaps those feelings will travel from person to person and help to heal the world.”
Since she opened her online shop in February 2008, she has shipped over 1000 needle felted works to admirers on five continents. Her fairies were recently featured in a Mothering Magazine webinar.
A percentage of the proceeds from Oakwood’s “Buy an Ornament for Habitat” auction sales and a separate event in Kamakura will be donated by Varon’s company, Nushkie Design, and Oakwood Serviced Apartments to Habitat for Humanity, Japan. “My sculptures have been used to raise money for many worthy causes, including Multiple Sclerosis research and funding for Waldorf Schools,” says Varon. “I am thrilled that my artwork will now also be helping this wonderful organization.”
When Amy Hamashiro, Executive Assistant Manager of Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown, discovered Varon’s work online, at the craft marketplace etsy.com, she knew these soft woolen sculptures would be ideal for Oakwood Premier Tokyo Midtown’s lobby exhibit. “I felt that the high level of artistry, craftsmanship, and magic conveyed in Rebecca’s work would be appreciated by the sophisticated and discerning residents of our premier serviced apartments. And then when I learned that she had lived at Oakwood Apartments in California, I knew she was the ideal artist for our 50th Anniversary celebration.” Founded in California in 1960, Oakwood is the leading provider of temporary furnished and serviced apartments across the globe, with nearly 15,000 residences in 4,000 locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
About Rebecca Varon
Born in New York City, Rebecca Varon moved to Los Angeles in 1994, where she has pursued an extensive career in the arts, from writing to opera singing to film producing and graphic design. In 2008, she shifted her focus to the visual, tactile arts, so she could have a creative outlet from home and spend more time with her child. Her company,Nushkie Design, is named after her daughter Eva, whose nickname is “Nushkie.”