There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth with shibori techniques, and each way results in very different patterns after dying and opening ! Each method is used to achieve a certain result, and it also has to be used to work in harmony with the type of fabric used. Therefore, the technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed. Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one other to achieve even more elaborate results.
In this workshop we are going to use some of these traditional techniques in order to make 3D shapes. So it won’t be about dying on silk or cotton but boiling Polyester to fix the pattern in 3D.
It’s for example how Suzusan produces there luminaires coats : http://www.suzusan.com/coats.html
And it’s also a common way to work with silk (that you can also dye to get colours and 3D shapes, for example from http://www.shibori.co.uk/gallery.html
And thiner Polyester :
So we are going to use different tools like clamps on a table or this stand :
How they work with it in Japan : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8rlRFFRrX4
We can also work with Arashishibori technique in order to obtain pleated samples like Anne Selby : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoOZ-j77I1U