Shibori is the Japanese word for resist dyeing of fabric. Working with a variety of traditional techniques, you will create patterned fabrics using Karamatsu, Mokume, Guntai, Itajime, Shine-Ire, Makiage and other stitching and binding methods, before dyeing with traditional Indigo, Tansy/Heather and Madder plants. Each piece of fabric will be unique, allowing for creative exploration for 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 for your own work.
You will explore a wide variety of Shibori techniques to pattern cloth using stitch, tying, clamping, pleating and wrapping and be encouraged to try ideas of your own.
Following a recap on the basics of stitching and binding; advanced stitch techniques including traditional patterns such as Karamatsu, Mokume and Guntai as well as stitch variants Rob uses in his own work will be explored; Itajime board clamping; Shine-Ire (rope core work using a traditional shibori stand); Makiage (stitched motifs); and a selection of other techniques will also be presented. We will also look at layering techniques on top of each other and cutting and re-piecing which may appeal to textiles artists looking for a more advanced interpretation of Shibori and how to vary its use.
After preparation, your work will be dyed with indigo to produce a range of blues. If you wish to include other colours, natural dye plant vats of Tansy or Heather flowers for yellow and Madder for red, will be available to pre-dye or over-dye fabrics. You will produce a range of fabrics to keep both as a visual record for future reference and, if you wish, towards the end of the course do some work exploring re-piecing and ways to work with your dyed fabric. 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.
A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.
Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:
• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work
• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden
• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens
• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm
• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios
N.B: This workshop will focus on using an indigo dye vat for blues, the natural dye plant vats for yellow or red in line with Rob Jones’ own practice.
Please note that this course may not be suitable for those with nut allergies or sensitivity to dye plants.
Timetable for Summer Schools
Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.
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).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, 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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
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.