Spend the month learning the traditional art of shibori dye techniques and magical indigo dye in this extended session. Meeting with a regular group throughout the month allows for more techniques and skills to be shared. Each student will also receive a small self made book and we watch an amazing documentary on Indigo used around the world.
*The last class falls on Thanksgiving weekend, so the class as a whole can choose to meet Dec 5th instead.
Day 1: Beginner
Our first day will be similar but not exactly like our "Beginner Shibori" class. The structure will be slightly different. But if you would like to take just part 1 to try it out before committing, you are welcome to.
Intro class will focus on creating the indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo, while talking about all natural indigo and the history of the process. 8 traditional Japanese dyeing techniques will be shown including Suji, Itajime, Kanoko, Tegumo, Ne-Maki and Arashi.
DAY 2: Working on Advanced Skills
You will learn how to balance a reduced vat that's already been started to bring it back to life and dip in an all natural iron/ferrous vat.
More difficult techniques are shown like Tatsumaki, Miura, Yanagi and Kumo. As well as Nui, a beginner stitch resist.
Day 3: Stitching Resist and Organic Vats
Part 3 we normally focus on stitching resists, but often the class molds to the students who sign up for it.
We'll be stitching fabrics to form designs. Nui, Ori-Nui, Maki-Nui, Karamatsu, Guntai, capping, and Boshi will be shown. Students will often bring work from home as well.
We'll revive a ferrous vat and create a fructose vat.
Day 4: Continuing Techniques
STUDIO and Movie DAY
Nail down those techniques and finish creating the fructose vat. We'll also watch a documentary by Mary Lance called "Blue Alchemy." Some fun techniques may sneak their way in as well!
6 students max
Students are welcome to bring natural fabrics they want to dye, but some materials provided the first day. An email will be sent out with signup to explain all details.
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