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 we dive into the basics techniques of shibori. Traditional Japanese dyeing techniques will be shown using folding and blocking, tie and bind, and pole wrapping as well as similar styles used throughout the world and how they might have influenced each other. We talk about the different types of indigo vats that can be created and how to properly dip in an organic indigo vat.
DAY 2: Working on Advanced Skills
You will learn how to balance a vat that's already been started to bring it back to life using an all natural iron/ferrous vat.
More difficult techniques are shown as well as Nui, a beginner stitch resist.
Day 3: Stitching Resist
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 using resists that they have borrowed from the studio. All students will start their own fructose vat starter as well, and we'll revive one and dye with a heated vat.
Day 4: Continuing Techniques
STUDIO and Movie DAY
Nail down those techniques and finish creating their fructose vat. We'll also watch a documentary by Mary Lance called "Blue Alchemy." Some fun techniques may sneak their way in as well! We often will look for techniques and figure out how they were accomplished.
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. All students receive a hand bound print out with information, bandanas, tea towels, and tote or equivalent along with a Better Than Jam baggie to carry everything back with you week to week.
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