Workshop Shibori Dyeing with Emily Mulvihill

Learn the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of Shibori with textile artist, ceramicist and painting conservator Emily Mulvihill.

Shibori originated in Japan, as early as the 8th Century. The distinctive Shibori patterns are created using a sequence of folding, binding and clamping of fabric into bundles that are dip-dyed in traditional indigo dye. The regularity of the pattern and irregularity of the dye results in a distinctive high-contrast finish.

What you will learn

This workshop will familiarise you with the core techniques and materials used in Shibori so that you can begin to understand the creative possibilities that this medium can yield.

  • Tools Demonstration of the different tools, shapes, binding and folding techniques used in Shibori
  • Dyes Learn how to prepare an indigo dye vat and maintain it.
  • Fabrics See examples of Shibori applied to different types of fabrics (such as linen, silk & cotton), how the dye interacts with each fabric type, and how the type of fabric influences the choice of Shibori technique.
  • Folding and binding techniques Demonstrate a variety of traditional folding and binding techniques that are characteristic of Shibori.
  • Dip, paint and plunge dye methods Blend and apply dyes to your fabric bundles to achieve different effects.
  • Set and Finish Understand how to get a crisp finish with your dye, unfold the work without messing the design, and set the dye for a long-lasting finish.
  • Care of your dyed fabric

What you will make

All students will receive a linen tea towel and cotton tote bag to dye as part of the workshop.

Participants are also encouraged to bring an item of their own choice to dye. Some ideas might include: A plain piece of lightweight cotton for a scarf, an item of clothing, a plain piece of linen or silk, an item of bedding.

  • When
    Friday 19 February, 10.30am - 3.30pm.
  • Where
    Workshop - Commonwealth Growth Centre
  • Price
    $140 ($125 Member / Concession)

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