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Stitch Resist Masterclass

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

$795 [Includes $130 lab fee] class limit 16. Jun 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2020 (Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4pm).

This workshop thoroughly explores stitch-resist shibori. 

Jane Callender is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative artisans working in stitch-resist today. An accomplished instructor and author, Jane returns this year to teach this comprehensive masterclass.

Students will refine skills in stitching, itajime, cylinder-wrapping, pleating, and binding. We will then move on to lesser known techniques such as hotaru shibori and shirokage shibori. The class will experiment with cores (what the fabric is wrapped around) for additional variations.

The importance of stitch to these techniques will lead to a consideration of motif design with the goal of pattern-planning for a complete piece. A look at the geometric principles of repeat patterns will give students the power to move on to more complicated arrangements.

Taking the timeless indigo traditions as our starting point, students will become familiar with different vats (organic, natural, and synthetic) and learn how to maintain and revive the vats. From blues, we will expand our technique to embrace other colours: natural dyes, iron rust, and tannins. Some fibre reactive dyes may be used for colour accent. 

Jane offers a structured beginning to the masterclass with opportunity for adventurous excursions. Be prepared for a fully focused and intensive week, for every process in this genre takes time. Callishibori stencils will be available for use.

Experience with stitch-resist is necessary for this workshop.

Jane joins us from the UK.

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About Jane Callender

Jane Callender has committed herself to the art of shibori resist dyeing for over three decades. She is now internationally recognized as a leader in the art of shibori.

Her distinctive stitched style is grounded in the truth of geometry. Her work demonstrates a passion for pattern, exceptional control, and a master’s understanding of the genre. Her larger compositions—Indigo Spring, Kaleidoscope, and the award-winning Indigo Squared—not only demonstrate technical accomplishment but show a uniquely personal connection with cloth.

“Pattern can be as expressive as music, as transient as breeze, or as stern as granite; it can lift the spirit or take it to a more sombre place.” Her book 2000 Pattern Combinations has also been published in Japan in Japanese script and in China in Chinese script. Her second bestselling book, Stitched Shibori, is also published in French. Jane is also the inventor of the callishibori stencil.

Jane was born in Penang, Malaya, and studied textiles at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK. She is based in Norfolk in the UK where her home and garden are her studio.

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