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ARASHI and MURA KUMO SHIBORI: Pole-wrap Resist Dyeing—Simple and Sophisticated
July 17 @ 9:30 am - July 18 @ 4:00 pm
A 2-Day, Hybrid Workshop
Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Instructor | Monday & Tuesday, July 17 & 18, 2023 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm PST
LIVE Location: WSNF’s Slow Fiber Studio Annex, Berkeley, CA | REMOTE: ONLINE VIA ZOOM
We are honored and delighted to host Ana Lisa Hedstrom, an internationally recognized Arashi shibori artist, to teach a LIVE, hands-on workshop at WSNF’s Slow Fiber Studio. Concurrently, we will offer the workshop to REMOTE students ONLINE VIA ZOOM for a greater textile community. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from Ana Lisa.
Wrapping fabric around a pole is quick and easy and accommodates a wide range of lengths and widths, and many patterns are possible with a little ingenuity.
First, students will receive a review of the basics of Arashi and Murakumo Shibori pole-wrap resist. Second, Ana Lisa will instruct ways to distort and manipulate the fabric before and after wrapping to create exciting variations in surface patterns. She will also introduce exciting ways to experiment with arashi pleating, adding stitching and clamping with carved blocks.
As a hybrid dyer, Ana Lisa will demonstrate how Kakishibu persimmon tannin can create wonderful combinations and contrasts with indigo combined with industrial dyes. We will use,
- Natural indigo vat (indigo paste, Michel Garcia’s Indigo Vat 1-2-3 Workshop, Part I and Part II on SlowFiberTV)
- Kaikishibu (persimmon tannin) Coming soon to SFS Shop.
- Thickened fiber-reactive MX dyes. Batched overnight by wrapping in plastic. We will need a second process for the second day.
We will make samples, although scarves are also an option. Cotton, linen, and silk are good fabrics to work with. Medium weight cloth is best for our techniques, but sheers and heavier fabrics are good to experiment with.
Class format: 1 hour instructions and demos at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. (lunch at 12:30 – 1:30). At these designated times, students will be expected to stop working to listen and observe Ana Lisa’s instructions. The rest of the time will be set aside for practice and Q&A while practicing.
Special offer for all registrants!:
To help with indigo vat preparation, all registrants will receive free one-month access to a recording of Michel Garcia’s Indigo Vat 1-2-3 Workshop, Part I and Part II, two 3-hour sessions. Instructions for this free rental will arrive in the EventBrite registration confirmation email.
Workshop Registration Info
Workshop fee: $700 (WSNF members $680) covers both July 17 & 18. WSNF members: Look for the member’s DISCOUNT CODE on your member’s dashboard.
Recordings of Ana Lisa’s instructions from each day will be available to review afterwards on SlowFiberTV (SFTV). After the workshop, go to SFTV to rent a streamed recording of this workshop for 90 days, free of charge, to review the workshop for additional practice! The code for free rental will be emailed to you upon completion of the workshop.
Ana Lisa Hedstorm is known for her signature textiles based on contemporary adaptations of Shibori. Her approach creates a conversation between East and West and traditional and contemporary. Though Hedstrom’s work is deeply informed by traditional techniques, she often experiments with material, dye color, and stitching patterns. Her textiles are included in the collections of major museums, including the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Oakland Museum, and the De Young Museum. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She has taught and lectured at numerous international Shibori conferences and schools. Her awards include two NEA grants, and she is a fellow of the American Craft Council.
Materials List for LIVE & ONLINE STUDENTS:
Scissors, thread, needles, ball or cone of medium-weight string, blue painters tape,
Seam ripper, measuring tape, inexpensive flat bristle brushes (1” x 2”), plastic bags or some lightweight plastic wrap, several plastic containers such as yogurt containers, water spritzer.
Rubber gloves, dust mask, apron or old clothes, notebook.
Pictures or examples of your own work to share
The studio will provide plastic PVC pipes for use in the class, but if you have access to some (3-4” in diameter, 24”-40” in length), please bring them
Students should bring fabric from their own stash….cotton, linen, silk.
Dharma Trading has natural fabrics and scarves for sale at reasonable prices.
Ana Lisa will provide some fabric included in a small workshop materials fee to be paid to the instructor directly. (Please bring cash or check.) She will also have some fabric for sale at wholesale prices.
BYO lunch. We will have lunch in the studio garden with Ana Lisa.
July 17: Optional dinner together. Also consider attending our annual Garden Event on Sunday, July 16: Demos, talks, and sales by artists; a potluck social gathering.
Additional Materials List for ONLINE ZOOM STUDENTS:
(Please also have these supplies and dyes on hand. Links to suggested vendors provided.)
MINIMUM amounts for this workshop:
MX Fiber Reactive Dye: small amounts are adequate for this workshop. Vendors can supply dye in 2 oz. containers. A red, blue, yellow, turquoise, and black selection is recommended. Colors can be varied. For example, the blue could be navy, brilliant blue etc.
Soda ash fixative or activator. (You will only need a Tablespoon.)
Baking soda (4 Tablespoons)
Urea (½ cup is more than enough)
Sodium alginate thickener (½ cup dry powder)
3-4” diameter PVC pipe in lengths varying from 24” to 36”. Please have 3 pieces to work with.
Indigo paste for indigo vat: To help with indigo vat preparation, all registrants will receive free one-month access to a recording of Michel Garcia’s Indigo Vat 1-2-3 Workshop, Part I and Part II on SlowFiberTV, two 3-hour sessions. Instructions for this free rental will arrive in the EventBrite registration confirmation email.
A sewing machine is recommended, and an iron is useful.
Kakishibu will be available at the SFS Shop soon