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Introduction to Indigo Shibori

Regular price $105.00
Regular price Sale price $105.00

Instructor: Suzanne Connors 

Thursday, October 13 

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Adult 18+ 

All levels are welcome. No experience required. 

Shibori (meaning "to wring, squeeze or press") is an ancient Japanese indigo dyeing technique that produces interesting patterns. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber is particularly suited to resist methods of dying, such as shibori. Surrounded by magic, mystery, and folklore discover how the leaves of the indigo plant, ‘make blue’ and how the complex chemistry of a successful vat was celebrated throughout history. You will gain the context to appreciate the historic significance of this craft as well as the skills to continue practicing at home. Handouts and resource information are provided. Finished projects include several napkin-sized samples, and a scarf or a t-shirt. 

There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Bring a sack lunch or explore local dining options. 

 *We require all individuals over the age of two to wear appropriate masks in the classroom while participating in a workshop or event. technique.  

 A materials kit Fee of $25 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop provides Indigo, with everything necessary to make vats, shibori resist items, and four cotton napkins for dying. 

*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.  

 Student Supply List: 

  • Note-taking materials (optional) 
  • One pair of new, long rubber dishwashing gloves 
  • A seam-picker or a small pair of sharp scissors 
  • An old shirt or apron  
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes and old clothes 
  • One PRE-SCOURED item of natural-fiber clothing (linen, cotton, viscose, silk) you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills (not too large as we will be sharing a vat)  
  • Various PRE-SCOURED fabric samples in different natural fibers- 24” x 24”, a set of 100% cotton or linen napkins, or natural fiber scarves are also acceptable.  

 

About Suzanne Connors: 

Formerly an interior designer, a construction project manager, and then fine art gallery owner and director, Suzanne Connors has always loved art and textiles and has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2008. Her academic background in architecture and design lays the groundwork for her practice using traditional shibori techniques. Creating a body of detailed design, establishing order, combining simple techniques and textures and using design repetition are the foundations of her work. Suzanne enjoys sharing her passion for texture, color, and pattern through her artwork and while teaching workshops. 

 

Suzanne’s teaching experience includes studio and professional practices at institutions throughout the U.S.  

These include The Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, (Gatlinburg, TN,) River Ridge Retreat Center, (Menominee, WI,) Carborro Art Center, (Carborro, NC,) Morakami Japanese Museum, (Palm Beach County, FL,) Foosaner Museum, (Melbourne, FL,) Lighthouse Art Center, (Tequesta, FL) and the Aya Fiber Studio; her own studio in Stuart Florida where she hosts national and international artists who give workshops to over 500 students from all over the country each year. Suzanne is the founder and past President of the Martin Artisans Guild, and is also president of Florida SPIN (silk painters international) and South Florida Regional representative for Surface Design Association.