I spent nearly a month in Japan recently, and half of my time was at a wonderful indigo workshop in the country. The rest of the time was spent eating up art, culture, and as much food as possible.
Getting blue hands in Japan
In this talk, I explore how my love of Japanese culture, travel, textiles and “blue and white” came together in a fantastic journey to Japan. In this textile talk, I take you virtually with me to an indigo dyeing workshop in the country near Mt. Fuji. We will explore two kinds of Japanese indigo dyeing processes that use resist: katazome (paste resist dyeing using stencils) and shibori (bound or stitch resist dyeing). I’ll talk about how my particular modern design approach is influenced by Japan, and how I like to incorporate these traditional fabrics into modern quilt compositions.
Besides thoroughly exploring katazome and shibori techniques, I will also give a virtual trunk show of my work, including an indigo-inspired quilt that I designed, as well as paper-based stitched artwork that I created by dyeing paper in indigo using shibori techniques. We’ll also make brief forays into Japanese architecture, cuisine, and shopping for fabric. By the end of the talk, you may be inspired to try some dyeing yourself, or maybe even take a journey to Japan in the future.
Available via Zoom!
This live stream lecture is available to book using Zoom technology. It is 1 hour long with up to 30 minutes for Q&A. I will share a PDF of indigo and shibori resources with participants. It includes my recommendations for books, dyeing supplies and suppliers, and dye kits that are easy to use at home.
I would be happy to arrange this presentation for your guild or artists’ group, please contact me for details. I also will give this lecture in person, when we are allowed to meet again.
Contact David to book this lecture for your guild.