Friday, July 19, 2013

New Twists and Turns in Shibori

Spend three days, March 18th through 20th, 2011, at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Symrna Beach, Florida with art cloth artist Linda Dawson reviewing or learning for the first time some of the ancient shibori techniques. Then move these techniques into the modern era. Workshop will feature folding, twisting, clamping, pole wrapping and stitching utilizing both the old and new ideas in creating shibori. We will be utilizing cotton, silk, rayon, polyester, lame’ and any other fabric available with boiling water, mx dyes, discharge agents, wash fast acid dyes, soy wax, a * pot, a pleater, sewing machine, computer graphics program, professional fabric printing service and anything else that strikes our fancy. This workshop is designed with two objectives in mind. First, learn and experiment with techniques that will cause you to think out of the box and last, having big fun while creating art cloth. Below are some pictures showing ideas we will experiment with during these three exciting days.
clip_image002 The Producers a wall hanging shown on the left features flag folded and clamped shibori with dye remover to create a more interesting background.
Name That Color, an installation created for The Red Show held at Hillsborough Community College, features Silver Lame’ clamped and twisted to melt-off the metallic then over dyed with red wash fast acid dyes.clip_image004

This close up photo of Hate Speech is Killing America shows clamped flag folded shibori used to create the background on this silk broadcloth.

This series of photos shows what can happen when the shibori created in the usual pole wrapped manner is manipulated in a graphics program and printed by a professional service such as Spoonflower. The first picture was created in a workshop at Arrowmont with Anna Lisa Hedstrom. Picture two shows the colors altered in the graphics program before printing, photo three shows the lines of the shibori manipulated while photo five is the most remarkable change. The whole color shifted to the small amount of yellow in the original and the manipulation created gave the interesting digital electronic feeling of the cloth. It happened spontaneously and was captured before the manipulation was lost by further manipulation. The final picture was the last and shows altering the colors back to the blues of the original dye job.
The scarf shows a technique originally created by Carter Smith which features shibori with wash fast acid dyes and discharge. Simple process gives a very complex product.
The photo to the right shows an example of Aussie Shibori which I learned from Ken Smith when he first toured USA. This piece is done on silk habotai and gives a wonderfully complex pattern. Although the technique is easy and time consuming it does makes a wonderful whole cloth quilt.
The piece on the left is hand stitched and pleated shibori dyed in the indigo pot. It continues to age beautifully and will make a great background for machine embroidery and whole cloth quilting.
Last, the piece on the right is printed silk crepe from Spoonflower using the manipulated pattern shown earlier which was created using a scan of a shibori piece manipulated in a graphics program. I hope we will have internet access so those of you with lap tops can enjoy this experience.