Once a year John opens his studio in rural Mendocino County to host classes. With an abundance of space, both indoors and out, you will be able to work in comfort. You will be welcome to make use of John's large library of Japanese art and textile books. This, coupled with an abundance of textile samples, will leave you saturated with new ideas and inspiration. To sign up for classes simply fill out the application form (you may access it by clicking on the link below). Click on the icons to the far left to find out more about each class. August 10, 11, and 12 INTRODUCTION TO TSUJIGAHANA Tsujigahana is a very ancient form of Japanese dyeing combining the soft fuzzy edges of stitched shibori with the crisp lines of direct hand painting. You may be familiar with this process through the exhibitions and publications of Itchiku Kubota. The materials fee includes silk, dyes and all other consumable materials required. In addition, it includes the use of many of the artist's equipment, reference materials, and everything else needed in class. Tuition (three days): $300. Materials fee: $60 August 13-18 BEGINNING AND INTERMEDIATE KATAZOME This course is designed as an intensive look at katazome for those artists seeking a hands-on experience in paste-resist techniques. Participants will be taught individually as well as collectively, giving each participant a chance to work with the instructor on areas of interest. Working in the instructor's studio offers the emerging dye artist a unique opportunity to observe John at work first hand and to take advantage of a wide range of materials and equipment from John ’s private collection. The materials fee includes silk, paste, stencil materials, dyes and all other consumable materials required. In addition, it includes the use of many of the artist's stencils, brushes, stretching equipment, and everything else needed in class. Participants will also have access to a great many reference materials from John ’s vast collection. Tuition (six days): $600. Materials fee: $150 August 19/10 BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL As part of the Blackberry Festival, John will open his courtyard to the public with a wide range of his own hand-dyed textiles on display, as well as a visual feast of Japanese textiles and treasures. A good opportunity to purchase items not ordinarily offered to the public. August 21, 22, and 23 WORKING WITH NATURAL INDIGO A whirlwind course in making a vat from fresh indigo and exploring clamp resist, paste resist, direct painting and string resist. John’s newly renovated indigo studio features huge clay vats, lots of work space, and excellent light in an Old West atmosphere. Everything you will need for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in indigo! Tuition (three days): $300 Materials Fee: $100 - covers all supplies needed in class.