Hybrid Workshops

Slow Fiber Studios is offering Hybrid Workshops
by Master artisans around the globe:

Are you a serious beginner or experienced dyer? Interested to learn textile techniques and/or deepen your conceptual/creative foundations with historical and cultural understanding? Will you enjoy sharing your work for communal critiques and suggestions, and exchange with others for inspiration?

Our international workshops are taught virtually by master artisans on topics such as shibori and natural dyeing and will be streamed through Zoom Webinar. A small group of fully vaccinated participants will be welcomed at the SFS Annex in Berkeley with indigo vats for their use. You can bring your own laptop, and the Annex will have a large monitor as well as a staff with a camera capturing participants’ work to show to the instructor.

Hybrid workshops have a max 20 people on Zoom webinar along with the studio experience hosted by Yoshiko for max 6 people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the workshop at the SFS Annex in Berkeley.

REGISTRATION & TICKET PRICES will be announced on 15 Februrary 2021.

*World Shibori Network members will receive registration details 3 days before public announcement.


April – August 2021

Natural Indigo Vat in Your Home – the same workshop is offered in April, May, and June.

Michel Garcia, France –  June Workshop

Saturdays, 05 & 12, June, 2021 | 9:00 – 12:00 PST / 18:00 – 21:00 France  – FULL
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

JUNE WORKSHOP

Michel will provide a complete manual on what INDIGO is botanically, chemically with historical background. He will explain how an organic INDIGO vat works and to make it, use it safely, and maintain it at home. You will have step-by-step instruction as well as recordings from the class to guide your practice at home. Please know that the bigger (more dyestuff) your vat is, the easier it is to maintain. In the next series of indigo workshops, Michel will teach how to extract your own indigo dye from dried indigo leaves.

The indigo workshop structure is to include two Saturdays (3 hours each) and a week in between to carry on your experiment and observation of your own indigo vat. In the first class, Michel will cover basics and you will make your indigo vat and learn how to dye various fibers, in the second class, Michel will show how to enrich/spike your depleted vat by adding a stock solution and learn to continue using the vat for your ongoing small scale home project. He will demonstrate alternatives for antioxidants besides fructose.

Enjoy your own dye vat to color your home projects with a dip in an organic indigo dye. It would be handy to dye your samples if you are taking the upcoming shibori workshops. Students will receive Michel’s Indigo Manual #1, Students Prep & Info sheet, List of Q&A, and lifetime access to recording for the classes.

 

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July 2021

Michel Garcia, France –  July Indigo Lab & Consultation*
*Open for Michel’s indigo workshop students only

Saturday, 10, July, 2021 | 9:00 – 12:00 PST / 18:00 – 21:00 France
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

Recording will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones.


August 2021

Michel Garcia, France –  Natural Indigo Dye Extraction in Your Home & How to Use the Fresh Dye Paste

Saturday, 7 & 14, August, 2021 | 9:00 – 12:00 PST / 18:00 – 21:00 France
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

Recordings from both sessions and all documents and powerpoint presentations will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones. During the week between two sessions, you will be given assignments and may ask questions by email which will be answered and added in the Q&A document which will be shared with the students.

Fellowship available, contact <staff[at]yoshikowada.com>, subject line ‘indigo fellowship’


May 2021

Kumo Shibori: Foundation and Adaptations

Hiroshi Murase, master Arimatsu Shibori Artisan.
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will moderate and translate the workshop.

Saturdays, 22 & 29, May, 2021 | 15:00 – 18:00 PST / 7:00 – 10:00 Japan (next day)
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

The workshop will cover the technical foundation for bound-resist and its variations in the first session and adaptation and exploration of techniques in the second session. Murase-san will demonstrate artisan methods of handling traditional tools and help you heighten your ability to create your own hand-dyed textile masterpieces. Yoshiko will moderate, bridging the gap between East and West and traditional and contemporary use of techniques, materials, and processes. Recordings from both sessions and all documents and powerpoint presentations will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones. During the week between two sessions, you will be given assignments and may ask questions by email which will be answered and added in the Q&A document which will be shared with the students. 

Workshop materials and tools: The class requires a kumo shibori hook, shibori stand, binding thread, and a table clamp. You may order the tools you need from the Slow Fiber Studios Shop at a 15% discount. The discount code for the tools will be on your registration receipt.

Dyeing shibori in your indigo vat: It is beneficial to have your own dye vat to see your shibori result. We recommend natural-indigo vat, a sustainable method for cotton or silk; but a fiber-reactive dye is an alternative. Michel Garcia’s indigo class will teach you the right way to start your own vat at home.


June 2021

Miura Shibori, Makiage, and Boshi Shibori: Foundations, Adaptations, Exploration, and Innovation.

Makiage shibori process, Asanoha and Temari designs in Makiage shibori, Miura shibori, and Miura shibori process

Hiroshi Murase, master Arimatsu Shibori Artisan.
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will moderate and translate the workshop.

Saturdays, 19 & 26, June, 2021 | 15:00 – 18:00 PST / 7:00 – 10:00 Japan (next day)
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

*WSN members will receive priority registration notices.

MIURA & MAKIAGE WORKSHOP

The first workshop session covers the historical and cultural background of quintessential Arimatsu techniques, Miura shibori and Makiage shibori, and their variations. Adaptation and exploration of techniques will be covered in the second session, along with sharing your experiments and samples. Murase-san will demonstrate artisan’s methods of handling traditional tools to help you heighten your ability to create your own hand-dyed textile masterpieces. Yoshiko will moderate, bridging the gap between East and West and traditional and contemporary use of techniques, materials, and processes.

Recordings from both sessions and all documents and powerpoint presentations will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones. During the week between two sessions, you will be given assignments and may ask questions by email which will be answered and added in the Q&A document which will be shared with the students.

Miura is a continuous looped, bound-resist achieved by using a simple hook to maintain tension on cloth, thread, and hook. Makiage is executed by stitching the outline of patterns (Nui-shibori), gathering the thread, and protecting the area with tight spiral binding to create the crackled textured ground, which can be controlled in a myriad of ways. When a piece of protective pliable plastic or vinyl sheet is used to cover the stitched area and bound tightly, the capped-resist (Boshi shibori) yields completely resisted patterns.

Workshop fee & materials: Fabrics from Japan, History & Technical Information document, and Recording from both classes for you to keep are included in the workshop fee of $350. You will need a Miura hook, a shibori stand with a Makiage hook attached, shibori binding thread, thin plastic or vinyl sheet, and a round wooden bobbin. You will also need a large C-clamp to secure the shibori stand to a table. To purchase these items, go to the SFS online shop, use a 10% DISCOUNT CODE which you will receive on your Eventzilla REGISTRATION RECEIPT. Please note that the cost of flat-rate priority shipping of the fabric from Berkeley, CA, will be borne by each student. 

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July 2021

Kanoko Shibori and Variations, Yokobiki, Hitome, Tsukidashi, Rasen, and Meyui: Foundations, Adaptations, Exploration, and Innovation.

 

Hiroshi Murase, master Arimatsu Shibori Artisan.
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will moderate and translate the workshop.

Saturdays, 24 & 31, July, 2021 | 15:00 – 18:00 PST / 7:00 – 10:00 Japan (next day)
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

*Registration Opens: 15 June 2021

The first workshop session covers the historical and cultural background of Arimatsu Kanko shibori techniques, Yokobiki Kanoko, Hitome Kanoko, Tsukidashi Kaoko, and their variations. Adaptation and exploration of techniques will be covered in the second session, along with sharing your experiments and samples. Murase-san will demonstrate artisan’s methods of handling traditional tools to help you heighten your ability to create your own hand-dyed textile masterpieces. Yoshiko will moderate, bridging the gap between East and West and traditional and contemporary use of techniques, materials, and processes.

Recordings from both sessions and all documents and powerpoint presentations will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones. During the week between two sessions, you will be given assignments and may ask questions by email which will be answered and added in the Q&A document which will be shared with the students.

* Stay tuned for further details!

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August 2021

Tesuji Shibori and variations: Kumo-iri Yanagi, Shin-ire, Hinode, Yoroidan, and Yamamichi Shibori: Foundations, Adaptations, Exploration, and Innovation.

Hiroshi Murase, master Arimatsu Shibori Artisan.
Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada will moderate and translate the workshop.

Saturdays, 21 & 28, August, 2021 | 15:00 – 18:00 PST / 7:00 – 10:00 Japan (next day)
ZOOM Webinar | Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA 

Recordings from both sessions and all documents and powerpoint presentations will be shared with the class and the students who are in different timezones. During the week between two sessions, you will be given assignments and may ask questions by email which will be answered and added in the Q&A document which will be shared with the students.

*WSN members will receive priority registration notices.