Shibori Workshop

This event last occurred on August 11, 2020, 9 am—1 pm.

Shibori, the elegant forbearer to psychedelic tie-dye, is a Japanese resist dyeing technique that is simple enough to do in your backyard but vast with possibility. The term "shibori" comes from the Japanese "shiboru," meaning "twisted and pressed". Designs are created by folding, binding, and compressing fabric before submerging it in dye; the manipulation of the fabric from the 2-D plane into a 3-D form prevents the dye from penetrating the internal parts of this fabric clump, yielding distinctive organic, often geometric patterns. While much of the art of Shibori is in the preparation and planning, accident and chance must also be embraced. Students will learn about the indigo dyeing process and traditional and modern shibori methods to make at least six samples to take home, and are welcome to bring their own natural fiber garments/fabric to dye as well!  

Materials Fee of $25 is included in the tuition fee.  It covers dyes, equipment, and fabric. 

Special Notes & Supplies: 

  • Please bring your own pair of long rubber dish gloves.  
  • Plastic bags for wet fabric will be supplied but please consider bringing your own recycled ones. 
  • Indigo dye likes to drip and will stain, so wear appropriate shoes and clothing. 
  • If you bring your own fabric/garments to dye, please wash them on the hottest setting to prepare them for taking on dye.  

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!  

Cha-Ling O'Connell

About the instructor: Cha is a Maker of Things. She studied Naval Architecture and Comparative Media Studies with a focus on Photography and Film at M.I.T. for a while, was a sailing educator and program director at Courageous Sailing, and has studied Graphic Design, Textiles, Drawing, and Art Education through MassArt’s Continuing Education department. She taught workshops at Paper Source in Cambridge and currently does freelance calligraphy, graphic design and fine crafting. At the ACA, Cha teaches a variety of classes including Modern Calligraphy, Shibori, and Book Binding, as well as working with teens and children.  

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