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Tsujigahana, if translated literally, means blossoms at the crossroads. This romantic concept perfectly embodies the fluid manipulation of color, partnered with a judicious placement of sharp, highly defined lines and monochromatic shadings, achieved through the marriage of string resist and brushwork.
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In this four-part course, we will be focusing on how to plot complex imagery that will allow for the application of a broad range of colors and even match across seams. Well be employing a range of string-resist techniques, shibori, incorporating a process John has developed in which the strings are repeatedly tied and loosened as desired to achieve nuanced shadings and accents. The shibori imagery is brought to life in the final steps with the addition of thoughtfully placed pigments to add contrast and drama.

Each session is two hours in length and quite intensive, spread over the four consecutive Saturdays in February, plus a bonus review session two weeks later.

You’ll get the most out of the program if you follow along as John presents his carefully prepared video clips and then, at your leisure, try your hand in the comfort of your own studio. This format will allow you to view up-close details in a manner not possible in live classes.

All workshops begin at 10AM Pacific and adjourn at 12 noon Pacific.  All workshop sessions will be recorded and recordings are available to registered students for 3 months after the workshop.

Session One (Saturday February 5, 2022) – planning your project: hanten construction, traditional Japanese approaches to design, and plotting imagery

Session Two (Saturday February 12, 2022) – how to prepare natural dyes for direct painting (focusing on small quantities for spot dyeing) and cold-water, non-mordanted baths

Session Three (Saturday February 19, 2022)  – Approaching shibori with new eyes: working with clamps, caps, and loosely bound string in combination with more familiar techniques

Session Four (Saturday February 26, 2022) – direct painting with dyes and pigments to achieve the signature tsujigahana look

Bonus Session (Saturday March 12, 2022) – review of all material covered along with Q&A.

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Included in your supply kit:
   Liquid natural dye extracts
   Indigo pigment
   Two one-yard lengths of Japanese silk Jacquard
   Organic marigold flowers
   Japanese pigments
   Soy beans/fresh-ground soy flour
   Mensou fude detailing brush
   Specialized Japanese tsujigahana shading brush
   Misc. shading brushes
   Natural aobana disappearing ink
   Chinese aobana pencil
   Japanese stencil paper
   Blue frisket

Youll need to supply:
   Calcium hydroxide (pickling lime)
   Waxed dental floss
   Waxed sewing thread
   Needles (sharps, the longer the easier to use)
   Enough silk yardage for your garment roughly three yards at 40 wide (you may want to hold off on this until youve planned your project)
   Mordants we will tell you which ones
   Elasticator and bands
   Plastic wrap
   Baby food jars or similar small bowls that will take heat
   Large embroidery hoop or stretching equipment
   Pattern paper or butcher paper for plotting your designs
   Colored sharpies
   Xacto cutting blade, #11 blade
   Chipboard or shirtboard  (stiff, heavy paper similar to that on the back of writing pads)
   Hot plate
   Assorted mica pigments (optional)

We will provide detailed information to help you gather supplies once you’ve registered.

This workshop is open to all levels.
International students

International students are welcome!  Please note that we will contact you for shipping details to send your workshop materials via DHL.

Check out Johns short introduction to the workshop here!

Did you see John on our FEEDBACK FRIDAY? Watch the recording here.