Shibori Workshop, Sept 2014

The last workshop of the summer brought folks out in full force. Yet another sunny day in Berkeley, we were 17 people with tons of ideas and inspiration. Shibori’s harder work than you bargain for sometimes, so we had a BBQ afterwards.

Shibori Gang!
Shibori Gang!
We used 100% organic indigo. Check out the copper flakes on blue in the vat.
We used 100% organic indigo. Check out the copper flakes on blue in the vat.

Organic indigo is so beautiful when you form the vat. It takes a bit of patience to wait for the vat to be ready. But you can use that time to tie, clamp and resist your projects.

Mara had a pair of pants in mind that she wanted to recreate. We all tried to help deconstruct the pattern.
Mara was obsessed with a pair of pants she had that she wanted to recreate. We all tried to help deconstruct the pattern.
Mara's Obsession: Blocked pants!
And the reveal!

Everyone else created some really cool patterns as well.

Sloan and Kumi Shibori
Sloan and Kumi Shibori

 

Surrounded by indigo, not a bad thing.
Surrounded by indigo, not a bad thing.
An amazing precise pattern by Kat.
An amazing precise pattern by Kat.

Stay tuned for more workshops in the future. Email me at jenny(at)reluxia(dot)com for info. Shibori on.

Inspiration: Dyeing with Oak Galls

 

Tinctory's Oak Galls Dye

tinctory: Oak Galls Dye.

I’ve been increasingly interested in Natural Dyes these days. This week, I ran across this beautiful website called tinctory. Eva, a woman from the UK has a beautiful aesthetic with Natural Dyes.  In the photo above, she’s dyed silks, cottons and wools. The grey fabric has been mordanted later with iron.

She uses her dyed  fabric to create jewelry by smocking her swatches into little organic looking pendants.

Today I’m going on a hike, picnic and will hopefully  harvest some Oak Galls. It’s gall hunting season! Stay tuned to see what I find.