CLAMP, BIND AND GATHER ! Come and join us for another gathering of creative souls and learn some new skills at this informal textiles event. We will explore ITAJIME shibori, clamping, pleated and folded techniques to create fascinating geometric patterns with indigo resist dyeing. You […]
a colourful weekend learning new skills in two stand-alone one day workshops. learn how to dye with ancient colour and weave a scarf to take home with you! NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER – 10-4 learn how to use exotic dyes from the ‘new […]
In collaboration with Hiroko Aeno-Billson – a weekend of textile workshops, inspiring stories and wonderful Japanese food. You will leave with a hand-stitched double sided “furoshiki” wrapping cloth and a selection of indigo dyed samples for future stitch projects.
Saturday 19 August – ‘Katazome’ and indigo dye workshops with Aviva
Inspired by this ancient Japanese technique, create your own stencil to use to print resist paste onto cotton cloth. Enjoy a delicious ‘Bento’ lunch made by Hiroko then spend the afternoon dyeing your cloths in a natural indigo vat to achieve deep blue shades. The cloths will then be washed and dried, ready for you to use in the stitch workshop on the Sunday.
Sunday 20 August – ‘ChikuChiku’ and Furoshiki workshops with Hiroko
combine the printed and plain indigo squares with ‘crazy Sashiko‘ stitching to create a unique stitched double-sided ‘furoshiki’ wrapping cloth to take home.
Aviva will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious ‘Hiyashi Chuka’ noodle dish with healthy vegetarian ingredients that we will all enjoy when we break for lunch.
Each workshop is stand alone and costs £85. This includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.
I am really excited to see that the exhibition that I wrote about in the previous post is coming to Somerset House in London!! more info on the exhibition here I have two workshops on offer in April, inspired by ‘mottanai’ the Japanese concept of […]
I recently ran an Indigo Resist dye workshop, taking inspiration from my time in Japan, and wanted to make a piece that illustrated various techniques that could be do-able in a day. I set aside a day in my studio, and gathering together a selection […]
I recently spent a week in Japan, exploring ancient textile techniques and being inspired by indigo. It’s been a long-held dream to explore this beautiful country and although I only had a short visit I knew that this would be the first of many…
The Aizen Kobo workshop lies a few blocks from the world-renowned Nishijin Textile and Weaving district. This indigo dye workshop and retail shop produces a wonderful range of hand-dyed indigo clothing items using techniques such as shibori (tie dyeing) sashiko hand stitched embroidery, ikat and double ikat (resist dyeing and weaving) the shop also offers products made with other natural dyes including madder.