What is the course about?
An introduction to the art of using shibori methods to create patterns whilst dyeing fabric. You will produce your own unique dyed and patterned fabrics using pleating, stitch and wrapping methods. A new shibori technique will be introduced in each of the three sessions, allowing learners plenty of time to practise and explore. The workshop will encourage a hands-on approach to create a collection of experimental samples. Teaching will be supported by demonstrations, historical and cultural references, and examples of designers working creatively with shibori dyeing. Ideal both for beginners, and professionals who may want to learn new skills.
What will we cover?
- Shibori and dip-dye techniques; Folding, pleating, and shape resists. Pole wrapping and binding. Hand stitching, tyeing, and wrapping.
- Procedure for using the dyes safely.
- Fibre identification, and using the correct dyes.
- Mixing and using reactive/procion dyes on cotton and silk.
- Making and using some simple natural dye colours on silk and cotton.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Make simple fold, pleat and wrap shibori patterns.
Design and produce a small collection of coloured and patterned fabrics.
Use reactive and natural dyes to apply colour and resist patterns onto silk and cotton.
Safely mix and use reactive dyes and auxiliary chemicals.
Independently continue working with the techniques; to replicate in another setting, or in a small studio.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The methods taught will be at an introductory level, with an emphasis on learning the shibori dying process, and as a starting point for further personal exploration. Technical instruction will be provided to achieve a good result. Suitable both for beginners and professionals who may want to learn new skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals.
Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
A range of books and samples will be available to inspire and inform your learning and progress.
Handouts will be available for technical methods.
The use of a sketchbook/notebook to write down methods and references will be encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials and dyes will be provided, for making a small range of samples.
Students may wish to bring some extra pieces of fabric to supplement and add contrast to the fabric provided. Natural fibers will dye the most successfully (cotton, linen, silk, wool)
A notebook for making a dye reference book. A4 is a good size; lined or plain.
Apron and gloves (there are some available to borrow)
Wear sturdy shoes and old clothes – be prepared to get messy!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX446: Textiles natural dye and colour
VX119: Textiles and surface pattern
VX952: City Lit Textiles.