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Conversations Series 1, Episode 4 ‘Exporting Shibori to Africa from Arimatsu Narumi, 1948-49, Machine Sewn-resist, and Complex Substrate’
January 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
From left to right: (1) Sekka shibori, (2) Amy Nguyen, (3) Kimono in purple root dye, (4) Angelina DeAntonis, Itajime process, (5) Ana Lisa’s BLOCKS wool felt with natural dyes
Yoshiko and Ana Lisa will discuss creative solutions the Japanese artisans came up with to meet demand in the African market for wide width, quick production, and dramatic patterns. Examples of the artisans’ solutions were to use a sewing machine for compression-resist (kikai-sekka shibori), enlarge the scale of traditional techniques, and incorporate printed substrates. Ana Lisa will discuss her own way of using the sewing machine in her art textiles, and images from contemporary artists’ work will be shared. We hope our analysis of a variety of artists’ and artisans’ technical and design approaches will inspire shibori practitioners to find innovative ways to scale up their production.