Poet Annie Kiyonaga
Annie Kiyonaga has had the good fortune of much travel in her life. Starting out in Japan - her place of birth - she has lived in, and visited, several countries in Latin America during her childhood. This trend has continued in her adulthood, where she resided in such places as Italy, India, and the French West Indies. She also lived in an ashram (monastery) for around eleven years in both India and the U.S.
She has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Annie is an artist and writer. She has written a book of poems, as well as written and illustrated a children’s book. Additionally, Annie has taught yoga for many years and has co-led yoga teacher training. She has also created a YouTube channel called - Yoga when I’m 64.
Annie has two wonderful sons and resides in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Regarding PAM Jam, Annie considers herself very fortunate to be part of this collaboration with the marvelous fiber artist, Amy Hemphill Dove. Amy’s fiber art - which she describes as “TEXTUALITY,” has inspired great poetic expression for Annie.
Additionally, Rick de Yampert’s gorgeous music, filled with the subtle sounds of the east, is a magnificent accompaniment to this cooperative artistic expression.
It is hoped this expression brings joy to many!
Artist Amy Hemphill Dove
Amy calls herself a “dyed in the wool” fiber artist. Born and raised in West Chester, PA, she fell in love early with hand and loom weaving. It was a natural choice for her to attend the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, earning a B.S. in Textile Design and then spent several years as a Jacquard Fabric Designer for a major eastern mill.
Since relocating to northeast Florida in 2010, Amy has become fascinated with felting and the various textures and blends she can create through the process. A kinesthetic learner she dyes, felts, prints, stitches and combines different materials to create layers of new textural expressions while embracing the visceral nature of the fibers. Amy deeply explores Shibori techniques (the Japanese art of resist dyeing and texturing), folding, pleating, binding, and dyeing silk to startling effect. Translucent silk often serves as a substrate for her art as she combines a variety of disciplines to create layers of colors, shades, and textures.
A consummate experimenter, Amy’s design background affords her underlying cohesive direction without constraining her creativity. Her recent extensive experiments and work with Botanical Contact Printing is very exciting! The botanicals release remarkable secrets from local plants that we see every day and often take for granted. Botanical dyeing and printing allows her to look beyond the usual green of leaves and to really see nature's shapes, structure, and chemistry.
Much of Amy’s creativity flows from the magnificent beauty of nature: The variety of colors and textures in flowers, trees, and creatures are her boundless inspiration. The power of the sea, the rustling of the forest, the singing of birds, and the beauty of sunrises and sunsets all lay an indelible imprint on Amy’s work and are reflected in the textures, color palettes, and compositions she creates.
This is TEXTUALITY by Amy Hemphill Dove
Musician Rick de Yampert
Rick is a freelance writer, musician, artist, and lecturer and was the Arts & Entertainment Writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal daily newspaper for 23 years. He has interviewed such personalities as Kurt Vonnegut, Yoko Ono, Janet Jackson, Shirley MacLaine, and many others. Rick writes on arts and culture for various websites in Central Florida, including several museums and universities.
As a professional musician, Rick plays sitar, Native American flutes, djembe (African hand drum), guitar, and Moyo drum (a type of steel tongue drum). He has performed at art festivals, cafes, yoga sessions, and sacred events throughout Central, FL.
His song on this video called, “Into the Arms of Shiva” is an original piece.
As an artist, Rick takes photos of crows and shape-shifts them into phantasmagoric, magical landscapes using various digital programs. He then has the images printed on canvas for sale. His book “Crow Magic / Raven Magic” will be published by Llewellyn in 2021.