WINTER 2020 and SPRING 2021
SAT NOV 14, 10-11:30 am
Colors of the Earth, Colors of the Sky: Bingata Textiles of Okinawa, free with registration
Fiber artist John Marshall discusses the unique and vibrant textiles created in Ryukyu (Okinawa), known as bingata, and prized for their variety of colors and lively designs. In this center of trade between East and Southeast Asia, textile producers sourced pigments from many places, combining them with their own aesthetics and techniques.

This is a free event, but you must register with the Museum ahead of time. See you there!

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Help – I'm afraid I don't do FaceBook or any of the other social media. Any help you can lend in getting word out about these programs will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -J

  Over the years I've received many questions about the use of soymilk–seeking to correct erroneous information as well as how and when to apply this marvelous medium to specific projects. Toward this end, I've decided to offer a two-hour question and answer session addressing your issues.
   Two sessions will be offered, and each session will be limited to fourteen participants to ensure individual, one-on-one attention. You'll be encouraged to bring your problems to the forum so that I may clarify information you've heard or read on line, and of course you'll be welcome to use this opportunity to run your own ideas by me.
  To get the most out of your session, I'd recommend you take my online course, SOYMILK, ahead of time, although it is not a pre-requisite to signing up for the SoyVey! session.

Limit: fourteen students

   So many people have asked after a bingata class, that I have finally relented and am offering one for the first time.
A working knowledge of katazome will be helpful but not required.
   I'll be going into great depth on a range of subjects, including bingata color theory, the importance of layering colors, working with pigments, and the secrets of shading and highlights (kumadori) that give bingata its energetic appeal.

  Limit: fourteen students.
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   INDIGO ONE and TWO, below, are being offered to accommodate folks who live in the Southern Hemisphere since this will be their indigo growing season. Having said that, everyone is welcomed to join. Classes with the Northern Hemisphere in mind will be offered again come July.

Limit: fourteen students.

   We’ll be concentrating on working with fresh-leaf indigo and focusing on exactly how it works with various fibers, changes in pH and how to achieve a range of blues, and working with various resists including clamp, paste, wax, and string. We’ll be taking all of these techniques and combining them into stunning textiles of nuanced blues.

Limit: fourteen students

   Even though INDIGO TWO will be building upon INDIGO ONE, I've designed it as a stand-alone class. A wide range of reduction processes will be covered, along with some raw-leaf application. My favorite part is combining the fresh, raw indigo with reduced indigo and the indigo pigment we'll be making in class to create truly beautiful works of art.

Limit: fourteen students

   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
Marriage of many techniques: flexible shibori + rice paste resist; fresh-leaf raw indigo pH neutral + pH11; indigo pigments from dry leaves
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