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   This is an intensive course covering all aspects of katazome dyeing–including how to design and carve your own stencils, working with rice-paste resist, working with both pigments and other natural dyes, washing and caring for your fabrics.
   This is the Zoom version of John's popular katazome studio class, with downloads, close up video clips, and much more!

Limit: fourteen students
March 18-20, three days
Japanese Charms
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Anyone enamored of Japanese culture will be familiar with Girls Day on March third–Hinamatsuri, or Festival of Dolls. However, the term hina means so much more than just doll. The closest I can come in English is charm, or talisman, although it won’t appear in dictionaries this way.
  Hina date back to a period in which calamities were attributed to supernatural powers. As my dad growing up in Minnesota used to say, “Oofta happens!” Well, “oofta” could be anything–from fire, to famine, to a bacterial infection, or just a stubbed toe. It was all caused by mischievous and malevolent forces in the environment. To guard against these, people carried hina on their person, much like one might carry a rabbit’s foot for luck. And just as anyone steeped in white magic today will tell you, charms come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

Limit: fourteen students
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April 3,17,24, three days
colorful work jackets and celebratory fishermen’s robes
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  Most of my online courses are information-driven programs, designed to introduce participants to new techniques. However, this class is focusing on a specific project to help those already familiar with katazome and tsutsugaki to hone their skills.

Limit: fourteen students