SHIBORI: INDIGO DYING
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Come and learn the beautiful and ancient Japanese resist-dyeing technique known as Shibori. In this class you will learn the basics of creating an indigo dye-bath using pre-reduced indigo crystals and Shibori techniques to generate unique patterns and designs.
Each piece will be unique and unexpected and use four different patterns/ styles, so you’ll learn several styles and methods. Shibori is fun to learn and something you can use at home to revamp your own furnishings and clothing!
I am a practicing visual artist and textile designer trained in printmaking in both Australia and the United States, currently residing in Brisbane, Australia. I completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with the Queensland College of Art in 2012, and attended the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, USA to complete a summer workshop in aluminium plate lithography.
Working initially as an edition printer and workshop presenter in lithographic and intaglio printmaking, I expanded my practice into the world of textile design in early 2014, and have since worked as a textile artist both independently, and collaboratively with local fashion designers. I have designed the textiles for three consecutive collections with award-winning Australian fashion label Tengdahl, and have seen my designs launched on the runway at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in both 2014 and 2015. Focusing primarily in print design, I also practice in dyed, woven and spun fibres; and am the primary owner and creator behind Tawny Threads.
I conduct workshops in textiles (indigo dyeing, shibori and tapestry weaving) and printmaking (traditional lithography and introductory intaglio) with Impress Printmakers Studio, Work-Shop Brisbane and independantly with highschools and creative businesses throughout Brisbane.
I enjoyed the class and the information we were given re what fabrics to use, sources of dyes and how to set up our own dyeing tub. However, I would have found it more useful if I had know that we were to have a lot of time to do our own dying. Had I know I would have brought along a variety of items to trial with the varuous patterns we were shown. I definitely did not think it was worth the price of $80.
Learned some new techniques, had fun and left with some really cool fabric
A fun class and great teacher; and good value for the price of only $80 for the 3 hours. Claudia is a textile designer & visual artist, with a lot of experience in Shibori. Claudia had a lot of creative ideas to help us produce the 'resists' which she demonstrated to the class before we started doing our own folding and dyeing. If I was to do the class again I would bring silk items such as scarves as silk tends to give a better effect than the heavier cottons (but that is just my personal taste!). My only (very minor) criticism is that the class was advertised as providing us with a tote bag each for dyeing, but instead we got a few cotton/linen napkins - which was still fine but not as useful as a tote. In any case, I had brought a few of my own items to dye....this was good, as I found Shibori to be very addictive...and it's something you can easily do at home if you have the right ingredients. Claudia even gave us a detailed cheat sheet to take home. Ellie, who runs the Work-Shop space was also wonderful and only too happy to help with any questions I had before and during the class. I will definitely be back to do more workshops here....a great place for the art/craft junkies such as myself :)