Shibori is the Japanese word for resist dyeing of fabric. Working with a variety of traditional techniques, you will create patterned fabrics, using stitching and binding, boards, clamps, templates and poles, before dyeing with traditional indigo. Each piece of fabric will be unique, allowing for creative exploration in your own textile work.
Working with a variety of techniques and then dyeing the fabrics produces amazing textures and effects for use in textile art. Each piece of fabric will be unique, allowing for creative exploration in your own work.
You will explore a wide variety of Shibori techniques to pattern cloth, using stitch, binding, clamping, pleating and wrapping, and be encouraged to try ideas of your own.
Following a recap of the basics of stitching and binding, you will learn advanced stitch techniques, including: traditional patterns – Mokume (Woodgrain), Guntai (stitch and bind as you go) and Shine-Ire (rope core work, using a traditional shibori stand); Makiage (stitched motifs) and Komasu (pleat, stitch and bind).
After preparation, your work will be dyed with indigo to produce a range of blues. You will produce a range of fabrics to keep as a visual record for future reference. Demonstrations, discussions and tutorials will be ongoing throughout the course and encouragement given on how to continue with your work at home or in your studio.
The only pre-requisite is that you’ll need to have some hand sewing skills and dexterity for using thread.
Please note that this course may not be suitable for those with nut allergies or sensitivity to dye plants.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Rob Jones is a textile artist, who takes his inspiration from Japanese Textiles traditions including Shibori, Katagami stencilling and Sashiko embroidery and Boro. He began his study in 2011 at West Dean on short courses and then undertook an intensive course with Bryan Whitehead in Japan in the autumn of 2014. Rob has been a full time textiles designer and teacher since September 2015.
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