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Material & Process in Perfect Union


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

With Joan Morris

$695 [Includes $130 lab fee] Class limit 16. Oct 15-19 (Mon-Fri) 10am-4pm.

Shaped-resist dyeing (also referred to as Shibori, a Japanese word meaning to compress or to squeeze) is one of the oldest ways of patterning cloth, a practice known by dyers worldwide for thousands of years.

By stitching, pinching, pleating, wrapping, and folding silk or wool and then securing those shaped bundles before dyeing, we can create textiles that are subtle, evocative visual and textural memories of the shaping process.

Infinite variation and invention continue to be possible with this process. Economical, simple-to-use, wash-fast acid dyes give saturated, transparent, vibrant hues to silk and wool, and they work perfectly with shaped-resist processes. Discharging (colour removal) allows for more complex colour combinations otherwise impossible to achieve through conventional over-dyeing.
With this combination of process and materials, we can think and compose as painters, floating light patterned areas on dark ground using any colour combinations you can imagine.

This class is open to students at various levels of experience from beginner to those with prior experience and a desire to experiment, expand visual vocabulary, sharpen skills, and gain greater control of the medium. 

We’ll concentrate on making samples of hand-stitched resist (though other shaped-resist processes, such as folding-and-clamping and arashi shibori, will be discussed in depth and demonstrated). 

Feel free to bring your sewing machine (it isn’t a replacement for hand-sewing, but you can get some wonderful effects with a machine).

Joan joins us from Vermont, USA.

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Joan Morris began working with shaped resist in 1983 after many years of working with paint, dyes, and fabric. That year also marked the beginning of her work as master-dyer for the Theater Department at Dartmouth College, where she has dyed, painted, and printed textiles for more than 80 productions. Her resist-dyed textiles have been exhibited and awarded prizes nationally and internationally, and she has received grants for her work from the Asian Cultural Council, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Dartmouth College, and private foundations. 

Joan’s work is in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in New York, the Museum of Art at RISD, Takeda Kahei Shoten in Arimatsu, Japan, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.  Barney’s New York featured her one-of-a-kind shaped resist-dyed shawls in the fall and winter collections of 1990 and 1991.

Earlier Event: October 12
Marlinespike Ropework: The Bell Rope
Later Event: October 16
The Poetics of Textiles