UPCOMING ZOOM PROGRAMS
SPRING/SUMMER 2021
TSUJIGAHANA
three days plus review
Saturdays
May 22, May 29, and June 5
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
NATURAL DYES
Japanese Traditions and Innovations
two weekends plus bonus review
Saturday/Sunday
June 12/13 and 19/20
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time
Two new indigo sessions added!
five days plus review
Monday through Friday
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST
August 2 - 6
or
August 30 - September 3 

INDIGO ONE
five days plus review
 Monday through Friday
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST
August 9 - 13
or
August 6 - 10
 
INDIGO TWO
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Continuing working with fresh-, we will also cover working with dried- and frozen-leaf indigo. We will be creating our own pigments to serve as the basis for direct painting, and the foundation material for a range of reduction vats. A full complement of techniques will be employed as we explore combining indigo with other natural dyes and pigments.

Limit: fourteen students
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Tsujigahana an ancient combination of stitched shibori and direct painting techniques, allowing for gentle, moody images brought alive with subtle touches of well-defined lines. Many of you may be familiar with the technique through the exquisite artwork of Itchiku Kubota.
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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
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This course includes a history of the use and production of natural dyes in Japan along with several projects geared to lead you through this satisfying process. Well be making and using natural dyes in both pigment and juice forms, focusing primarily on cold and direct application techniques. Well cover using mordants vs soymilk to assist colors and how to effectively combine natural pigments with other natural dyes for the greatest impact.
   John will be relying on his fifty years of experience working with Japanese dye methods, drawing heavily on his large library of rare and limited-edition Japanese reference material  - distilling out the most applicable to our modern world.
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above: Katherine Shiver.
below: Alicia Dodge
Both from a previous tsujigahana class.
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