World Shibori Network

Celebrating the visual languages of PEOPLE, COMMUNITY, CULTURE, and ENVIRONMENT through the global practice of resist-dye traditions and innovations, keeping in mind authenticity, reciprocity, and networking.

Jay Rich

Omaha, Nebraska USA



Jay Rich is an artist, textile researcher and writer living in Omaha, Nebraska.   He has been an SDA member since l998 and written in the past for the Journal and ShopTalk. His carved board clamp resist dye research has been presented internationally. His current areas of research are exploring environmental issues, sustainability and the intersection between food, medicine and dye processes in the natural world. He is working on dye plant production, extraction and the messy chemistry.   He is a practicing psychiatrist and continues to search for sacred natural space and nurturing food in our complex global chaos.

He is pictured here in front of a Japanese boro cover from his collection currently showing at the Kaneko in Omaha, Nebraska. Recycle, reuse, repurpose.



Friends of Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska USA

Handweavers Guild of America, (HGA), USA

Surface Design Association, (SDA), USA

Textile Society of America, (TSA), USA

President (2004-5), Board member (2002-present), Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Handweavers Guild of America (HGA), USA
Surface Design Association (SDA), USA

TEACHING (selective)

Convergence, Vancouver, BC
International Shibori Symposium, Harrogate, UK
Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery Friends, Nebraska
International Quilt Study Center, Lentz Asian Studies Gallery, Nebraska
Lelia Guilbert Studio, South Dakota
Split Rock, Minnesota
Midwest Weavers Conference, Nebraska
Crazy Quilt Society, Nebraska
Shibori Symposium, Textile Center of Minnesota
(upcoming 2009) Peters Valley

EXHIBITIONS (selective)

Cicada Gallery, San Francisco, California
Anderson O’Brien Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
Joss Graham Gallery, London, UK
Art in Bloom, Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska
Textile Center of Minnesota
Convergence Conference, Handweavers Guild of America

Resist Dye on the Silk Road, Shibroi, Clamp Resist and Ikat, 9th International Shibori Symposium, Hangzhou, China, 2014

Friendly Alchemy: Explorations in Natural Dyeing, Surface Design Conference Exhibition, San Antonio, Texas, 2013


Memory on Cloth:  Shibori Now, by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, 2002
“From Alchemy to Polka Dots,” by Jay Rich, Surface Design Association Journal, spring ’04
Shibori Knitting, Interweave Knits, fall ’05