Introduction to Shibori dyeing

Course Dates: 31/03/22 - 14/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Shibori is an exciting way of using traditional resist techniques to create unique patterns and shapes whilst dyeing fabric. We will explore folding, tieing, and stitching materials, before immersing them in synthetic and natural dyes.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VX470

Thu, eve, 31 Mar - 14 Apr '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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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 is 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?

City Lit offers a wide range of courses in Textiles and Contemporary crafts for beginners, advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.

Lara Mantell

Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.