Craftmanship with risk

10 March 2007

In our push to get jackets ready for the last show I did 6 jackets in one batch, with more agitation than in the previous dye baths. The black came out great but the resists were not tight enough for the level of agitation. So when the threads were removed they looked like this:
faded icicles.jpg
Needless to say we did not take these to the show. We dyed some in a denim color afterwards and they came out nicely. But the lesson is that just changing one thing can change the result.
Another jacket that did not travel to the tropics, is one that had the hydrangea design:
hole in capped.jpg
One tiny hole and the whole jacket is ruined! This usually happens when the stitches are removed.
There was an African woman who attend the International Shibori Symposium in Santiago, Chile who was the best at a technique the involved embroidery stitches on a glazed cotton. The white cloth is embroidered with raffia then dyed, then the embridery stitches are remove. She was the best because she never cut the cloth. Quite a feat!
Here is one piece that has been done with raffia embroidery.


2 Responses to “Craftmanship with risk”

  1. glennis Says:

    -yup….that’s one for the “cutter” pile.
    sometimes I lament….”if only I would have..”..until I open up the next piece and move on!
    it just goes to show that even master shibori artists are subject to the elusive nature of shibori!
    thanks for sharing that…


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