INDIGO SHIBORI • Japanese Resist Dyeing Technique Class, September 1 (9-1 pm) Saturday

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Learn the ancient alchemical indigo dyeing process, while also practicing Itajime shibori techniques on cloth. Itajime shibori (folding and clamping) is a shaped-resist technique that can be used to make many wonderful geometric patterns on fabric. You will learn all about the art and tradition of this Japanese indigo dyeing technique with textile master teacher and artist Carol Shaw-Sutton. Carol recently returned from the International Shibori Symposium where she presented her work and learned new techniques from other master dyers from around the world. Come to this class to learn something new yourself! We will learn basic folds, plus lots of variations on cotton bandanas and a few of your own garments or other natural fabrics. Carol will share her favorite recipe and tips for making your own indigo vat at home too! This class is best suited for people ages 13 and older. 

• Shibori pattern making techniques
• How to make natural indigo dye vat

• Cotton bandanas are provided
• Bring 2-3 small cotton or linen items as well (i.e. tee shirt, pillow case, dress)

TIME • 5 hours


TEACHER • Carol Shaw-Sutton is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fiber and textile processes. Shaw-Sutton has been exhibiting her work in museums in the United States and internationally since the 1970's including museum exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Canada, as well as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work is included in major museum, corporate and private collections worldwide such as The Oakland Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Lausanne, Switzerland, The Charles A. Wutsum Museum of Art, New York, The Mint Museum, North Carolina and Jean Lucrat Center for Tapestry, Switzerland. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships, The Young American Award from the American Crafts Council, The United States / Japan Fellowship and The United States / France Fellowship at the La Napoule Foundation. She was also been awarded The Fine Art Award from the International Textile Biennale in Kyoto, Japan. Locally she has been awarded the Public Corporation for the Arts Fellowship from the City of Long Beach, CA and The Outstanding Professor Award from the California State University, Long Beach. Carol Shaw-Sutton has been a Professor of Art at California State University for 23 years and has been the Chairperson of the Fiber Program for 15 of those years. She currently works and lives in Ojai, California.