As part of our ongoing efforts to preserve and expand the ancient art of Bunka, we now offer periodic online “showcasing” of our own local talent. We begin this new feature with the work of Marjorie Vonderembse of Kings Point, Florida. You can see a small sampling of her prolific work in the slideshow above.
Marge began working with Bunka in 1995, under the tutelage of Semimaster Instructor, Florine Predovich. By 1999, she was assisting in Predovich’s classes and she achieved her Certified Bunka Instructor Certificate from the American Bunka Embroidery Association (ABEA) in 2006, after completing nine required Matsuhato pictures.
After serving many years as President of the Hibiscus Chapter of ABEA, Marge continues to promote the art of Bunka by teaching classes at Kings Point and the Prince of Peace Catholic Church of Sun City Center. She also assists her long-time friend, Joan Wetzel, in the Tuesday and Thursday Bunka classes at Sun City Center.
Marjorie Vonderembse definitely lives up to the old Chinese proverb, “A Good Teacher…better than a barrowful of books.”
Thanks, Marge, for everything you do for us all.
Japanese Cultural Embroidery
Bunka Shishu is an art form that has been in existence in one form or another since the 11th century. Originating in Russia, it spread to China, and then more than 900 years ago it became popular among the ladies of the Japanese Imperial Court.
In its present form, Bunka Shishu was started in Tokyo, Japan about 75 years ago.
Bunka Shishu translates to “painting with thread and needles” and a finished picture often resembles a finely detailed oil painting. Only a closer look reveals the beautiful art of the stitchery. The thread provides the texture and colors and the workmanship provides the depth of the overall picture.
Because each piece reflects the artist’s individual shading and blending of colors, along with her (or his) unique handiwork, no two pictures can ever look exactly alike.