Ann Kilzer - Artist in Tokyo

Ann Kilzer

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

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I speak English, Japanese, and German

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About me

I'm a polymath. My day job is in software engineering, but I spend my free time doing visual arts, especially weaving, shibori, sewing, and surface pattern design. I'm intrigued by the intersection of science, math, and art -- the way shapes tile onto two-dimensional surfaces, the chemistry behind dyestuffs, and using illustration to capture the natural world. For 9 1/2 years I lived in Austin, Texas, where I also took circus and burlesque classes. I moved to Japan to be closer to the rich art traditions here, and I'm hoping to meet other creatives.

My Creations

  1. This is a handmade costume I created for a student showcase at Austin Academy of Burlesque in September, 2017. The performance theme was "Dungeons and Dragons," and I made a druid based costume. The headdress is an aluminum and brass wire armature with paper mache, acrylic paint, reflective tape, sequins... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  2. Blue Dress

    4 March 2018

    Bias dress made from a single length of handwoven fabric, created on a Saori loom. Mixed fibers (cotton, wool, banana, synthetic), including a few I dyed myself. 2017.

  3. Hexagon Shibori

    4 March 2018

    This was my most successful piece from my ten day indigo workshop in 2017. The fabric is Japanese, made of nettles and linen and purchased at Nuno in Roppongi. I folded it into pleats, and then into triangles, and hand stitched the resist pattern. Then I dyed it in indigo.

  4. This is part of my series on Wallpaper Groups. There are 17 ways of creating repeating tilings on a 2D surface; each one is known as a Wallpaper Group. This is an example of PMM: "The group pmm has reflections in two perpendicular directions, and four rotation centres of order... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  5. SpeakHer Project

    11 September 2020
    SpeakHer Project

    SpeakHer is a website to promote women speakers in Japan, built by me, Tutti Quintella, and Yan Fan.  I wanted to showcase a recent project where I got to explore UI d...

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  6. NTT Tsuyu / NTT梅雨

    30 April 2021
    NTT Tsuyu / NTT梅雨

    2019Ground mineral pigment, oyster shell, silver leaf, on Mashi Board岩絵具、胡粉、銀、雲肌麻紙ボードTsuyu (Rainy Season) is coming and I wanted to share this Nihonga (日本画) painting I...

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  7. Ace Hotel DTLA

    3 February 2023

    Illustration of the Ace Hotel DTLA gothic details. Copic Markers