I’ve always been fascinated with textiles and fabric dying – especially the process which I mentioned in my earlier post on the textile show that’s currently up at The Sacred Door in Venice. A couple Sunday nights ago, I ended up taking the Shibori Workshop at the community/gallery space taught by Anton Nazarko who works with Raquel Allegra. I had no idea what to expect – Was it going to be hard? Was I going to super suck at indigo dyeing? Would I have smurf hands when I was done? It was actually much simpler than I had anticipated.
Anton went through the basics, showing us examples of what he’s done and how to achieve that look/pattern. He explained that we can basically go as simple or crazy as we want. It’s all about how you fold the fabric you’re working with, then how you wrap it with rope around the pole (the specific technique we learned was Arashi Shibori) and many times, even the way you sew it together before wrapping + dyeing. This book is basically the bible of Shibori, which he had at the workshop for us to peruse.
Next up, Anton explained what to do during the actual dying process and then it was time to experiment! We started with strips of cotton gauze and then worked up to larger pieces of gauze and eventually pieces we brought from home to dye. It was probably one of the most fun things I’ve done in the past year, and I hope to do it again soon. Our studio actually just moved into a new space, so I’m hoping once we get settled, we can have a tub of indigo dye chillin’ in the garage/work space at all times for us gals to play around with during down time!