Itajime Shibori Techniques
Taught by Karin Persan
Karin Persan is a hands on textile designer and maker, working from her store and studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. She received her BFA in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she focused in Fiber and Material Studies. She formed her line "Better Than Jam" of printed clothing and accessories shortly after graduating, while teaching on the side. In early 2010 she opened a boutique of the same name, which has since grown to include a communal studio and workshop space.
In this shibori dyeing class, open to beginners or returning Beginner Shibori students, we will focus on Itajime techniques. These focus on using folding and blocks to create tradition Japanese fabric patterns. Learn the difference between triangle, grid and the lovely ways to fold to create pieces that resemble mandalas.
We start by creating a pre-reduced indigo vat. Sankaku, gōshi, kikkō, and asanoha will all be shown, as well as some fun tricks to create more complicated looks without a headache. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring materials. Make sure that all fibers are natural, ie. cotton linen silk wool. Each student will be able to create 3-4 pieces. Make sure to not wear your best outfit or bring an apron.