Press Release: Minika Ko collaborates with Denver artists on one-of-a-kind paper samurai armor for Denver Art Museum
BY Zach Dorsett
DENVER, CO - June 1, 2016 - Minika Ko’s one-of-a-kind creation, a set of samurai armor made solely from paper, is displayed at the Denver Art Museum as part of their exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. The design, created in collaboration with local Denver artists, Derek Keenan and Sarah Rose, and Allison Shaw, the coordinator of the museum, is on display through June 5th.
When requested for a custom piece, Minika felt the importance of crafting the design such that it emphasized the mission of the museum and represented its strengths as an invaluable asset to the local community. The collaboration with local Denver artists adds local authenticity to the armor, such that it could shine brightly on its own while bolstering the strength of the collection in which it stood.
The paper samurai armor, meticulously crafted out of paper, was also featured as part of the Art Directors Club of Denver’s (ADCD) Paper Fashion Show. The largest show of its kind in the nation, the ADCD Paper Fashion Show annually brings together collaborators from across industries to raise money for community-based arts programs for at-risk youth. The paper samurai armor by Minika Ko, Sarah Rose and Derek Keenan was selected for entry as a representative of the Denver Art Museum, serving to showcase the strength of the museum and its connection to the local community.
Minika Ko is a fashion designer based in New York City. Born in Taiwan, she has worked as a designer in France, Taipei, Los Angeles, finally calling New York City her home. Minika brings her global experiences to the world of fashion, designing with adventurers in mind - the courageous, independent, modern women. Her design philosophy lies in enhancing a woman’s confidence by highlighting her best features, such that she will always feel like herself in her outfit – the woman she desires to be.
The Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection was open to the public between March 6th, 2016 and June 5th, 2016.