When: Saturday 22 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Sunday 23 June, 10.30am - 12.00pm

Where: Workshop within Commonwealth Growth Centre, MAMA.

Price: $150 ($135 moMAMA / Concession), includes all materials and cooked Thai lunch on Saturday

Suitable for ages: 16+

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Learn the traditional Japanese dyeing techniques of Shibori, with Albury-based Thai artist, Jinni Oupatham.

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. Silk & hemp fibres were the most commonly dyed varities before cotton came into popular use. Variations of the Shibori techniques spread throughout South-East Asia, incorporated and blended with other textile arts.

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 possibilities that this medium can yield.

  • Tools Demonstration of the different tools, shapes, binding and folding techniques used in Shibori
  • Dyes Learn about the different dyes used in Shibori and where to source them. Learn to correctly mix up the dye, before experimenting with the three traditional dye colours: Charcoal Black, Indigo, and Sage.
  • Fabrics See examples of Shibori applied to different types of fabrics (such as linen, silk & cotton) and how the type of fabric influences the choice of Shibori technique.
  • Folding and binding techniques Learn a core set of traditional Shibori techniques by making five square samplers demonstrating each method. Jinni will also demonstrate variations to these core techniques so that you can begin to understand the possibilities and limitations of each method.
  • 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 setting the dye for a long-lasting finish.

What you will make

Each student will create five sampler cotton squares using five different techniques (35cm x 35cm), before selecting a design to apply to their major project (70cm x 210cm). The sampler squares could be made into hair scarves, totes, pockets, panels or pieced together to make a bigger project. The large piece of fabric is the perfect size for a scarf, skirt, pillowcases, or long panels for a dress or robe.

What to expect

This beginner course is split over two days, to allow time for learning and creating on the Saturday, before revealing and finishing on the Sunday.

As a Thai-trained artist and designer, Jinni brings a wealth of experience with South-East Asian mediums. She is also an amazing cook and generously provides a cooked meal for all her workshop participants!

The course has been developed for adult learners, however, teens that are able to participate independently would be welcome to join the class.


Meet the Tutor: Jinni Oupatham

Tutor Jinni Oupatham with Shibori hand dyed scarves in a row

Jinni studied a Bachelor of Art in Thailand majoring in drawing, sculpture, and painting, before completing an additional year to become a Master Artist in Batik Art. Supplementing her personal arts practice, Jinni worked as a graphic designer in Thailand for 14 years, holding many roles in the commercial fabric and fashion industry, including design consultant for an international textile business. Jinni's designs can be found on beachwear and fashion textiles around the world.

Jinni is now based in Albury, and exploring a variety of mediums in her personal arts practice including printmaking, painting, and retailing her Batik & Shibori textile designs.


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