Friday, May 14, 2010

Shibori workshop

Last Saturday I took a shibori workshop with Sue Foss, organized by Austin Fiber Artists

"Shibori  is the Japanese word for a variety of  ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing
The word Shibori comes from the verb root shiboru, "to wring, squeeze, press.
Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional surface, with shibori it is given a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Cloth shaped by these methods is secured in a number of ways, such as binding and knotting. It is the pliancy of a textile and its potential for creating a multitude of shape resisted designs that the Japanese concept of shibori recognizes and explores. The shibori family of techniques includes numerous resist processes practiced throughout the world." (darmouth. edu)

The fabric was PFD the night before by soaking it in soda ash and air drying it. I was doing this process close to midnight and I hung the fabric outside. It was a very windy night and I was hoping my fabric was
still going to be were I left it hanging from pants hangers secured to a tree limb in the back yard.  It was an unusual cool night so in the morning the fabric was still a little damp but by the time I got to the workshop it had dried.

Here is the simplified process and the results

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