Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo at Better than Jam
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.
Learn the traditional art of shibori dyeing with natural indigo dye.
In this class, you'll be shown how to start your own indigo vat and balance it to keep it going. 3-5 folding, wrapping and twisting resist techniques will be demonstrated, and you'll select a few that you're drawn to and dye some of the plain items you have lying around the house!
Please feel free to bring a few items with you to dye. Clean, white or lightly colored natural fibers (such as cotton, silk, or wool) work best. Leave with one-of-a-kind fibers to keep or share! It's always fun to bring in items that you have lying around the home, but we'll have sample materials ready for you to try out all the techniques as well.