GREENPOINT WORKSHOP: Indigo Shibori Dyeing
Learn the fascinating art of shibori dyeing! In this workshop, we'll explore shibori from many angles; you'll learn several different shibori techniques and dye a whole bunch of things, from clothing to accessories to home decor.
What is shibori? It's a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth that take the distinctive blue dye in patterns created by the resistance, and other areas of the cloth that remain white. Shibori is a very vast technique and there are tons of ways to do it (and a truly infinite number of patterns you can create), and in this class you'll get an in-depth look at several of them.
The workshop will begin with a demonstration of basic shibori and an overview of some of the patterns you can create. Then, you'll dye a few small swatches of white fabric to try your hand and get a feel for the technique.
Once you start to get the hang of things, you'll put your knowledge to work as you dye two of your own items.
Items to dye must be 100% cotton, white, and should be small- or medium-sized items. Ideal items include button-down shirts, t-shirts, tanks, leggings, white jeans, canvas tote bags, dish towels, table runners, pillow cases, and throw pillow covers. (Please avoid brining large items like curtains, as we won't have enough space to accommodate large pieces.) Old items with stains are ideal, as the stains can be covered with dye!
Shibori dyeing is truly an amazing craft, as every piece you dye is a little bit of a mystery. We promise you'll love the process of folding fabric, dyeing it, then unfolding it to reveal the organic results. Join us for an amazing afternoon of shibori magic!
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Location: Brooklyn Craft Company's NEW LOCATION, 165 Greenpoint Avenue (here’s where we’re located)
Cost: $75 includes dyes and plain fabric for experimenting; students should bring their own items to dye (see above).
All class registrations are final; please view our policy for more information.
Meet Your Instructor
Molly George is a textile artist and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a practicing artist, and a youth and adult teacher in the textile arts. Molly studied natural dyeing in a Natural Pigments artist residency with Arquetopia in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she is excited to share the knowledge she learned there with our students.