Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Shibori~~~ Indigo Dye Workshop

Raleigh artists Susan Oliver Fennell and Janine LeBlanc will hold their third two-day indigo dye workshop at the Beaufort Art Center, 204 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC on Saturday, July 16th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Sunday July 17th from noon to 5 pm.

Indigo dyeing has been practiced all over the world for hundreds of years. Its characteristic blue color can range from a pale sky blue to nearly black and is still used to dye denim jeans.

In this workshop, participants will use a traditional Japanese approach to transforming fabric using stitching, binding, capping, pole wrapping and clamping. We will use a slow and meditative approach to the design and preparation of a piece of fabric to be used for a specific project -- an article of clothing, fabric for a garment, quilt or tablecloth. The fabric will first be dyed a solid color using Procion MX dye and then overdyed and discharged using indigo. Participants can either bring their own fabric or contact the workshop leaders for suggestions. No previous dyeing or sewing experience is necessary.

Susan spent her formative years in Japan and brings a deep understanding of Japanese culture. She has taught both Japanese language and indigo dyeing in Wake County schools, as well as Shibori workshops for Elementary School teachers. Janine brings her experience from her work with Japanese textiles at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NCSU.

To register for the workshop, call 252-622-8416 and leave a message or e-mail art.beaufort.center@gmail.com. The workshop is limited to 10 participants with a minimum of six. Please reserve your space by registering before July 12th. Cost is $115 which includes the cost of the dyes.

For additional information about the workshop:

Contact Janine at 919-881-8330 or jleblanc33@earthlink.net

Photos of Susan's work can be found at www.susanfennellstudio.com

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