What is the course about?
Explore the stunning combination of indigo dye and shibori resist techniques. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to produce your own unique indigo hand dyed and patterned fabrics using pleating, stitch and wrapping methods. The workshop will encourage a hands-on approach to create a collection of experimental samples, using indigo. This will be supported by demonstrations, historical and cultural references, and examples of contemporary artists and designers working creatively with indigo and shibori.
What will we cover?
You will learn about the history and properties of indigo, learn how to set up the dyebath and prepare fabric for dying. A variety of shibori methods will be introduced including folding, pleating, clamping, stitched resist, binding and pole wrapping. These are designed to produce patterns and marks which may then be developed into a larger piece, or pieced together into an experimental patchwork.
You will be encouraged to research the methods demonstrated, and experiment with your own ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare an indigo dye bath
- Produce indigo dyed cloth of varied depths through immersion dying
- Add pattern to fabric through stitched resist, folding, clamping and wrapping (shibori)
Students with some experience will also:
- Further explore personal interest and work on a large piece or series.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students of all abilities are welcome. Simple techniques and methods will be used, and some technical instruction will be provided to achieve a good result. The methods taught will be at a basic level, with an emphasis on learning the indigo dying process, and as a starting point for further personal exploration.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand outs and for
health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands-on, with practical demonstrations and examples to get you thinking imaginatively.
You will start by learning how to make a dye bath and prepare fabric for dying.
There will demonstrations and one to one support in developing samples.
A range of books and samples will be available to inspire and inform your learning and progress. You will be
introduced to the historical and cultural perspective of indigo, and handouts will be available for technical methods.
The use of a sketchbook/notebook to note down methods and references will be encouraged, and any existing
interests can be developed further.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials and protective clothing are provided but you may want to add to this by bringing:
- A collection of fabric scraps, odd sizes and shapes ok – in natural fibres, (silk, cotton, wool, linen)
- Needles + threads [various threads undyed please]
- Thin cotton string or strong thread
- Rubber bands
- A collection of markers to attach to your samples in the dyebath so you can recognise them – buttons, beads,
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safety pins, etc
- Your own rubber gloves and / or apron
Please wear old clothes or an overall - it’s messy!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit has a range of textile courses you could go on to study, such as: VX375 Introduction to dye techniques, VX336 Printed textiles: the basics, VX952 / VX957 City Lit textiles: colour, print, pattern, VX954 Stitched textiles, VX353 Beginners felt course or many more.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details