I ran an 'Intro to Shibori' workshop yesterday at Artisans Republik studio in the quaint seaside village of Southbroom on the KZN south coast. We spent the first part of the workshop looking at the origins of Shibori, the various types of Shibori and the basic elements of the craft - folding, clamping and binding.
After a demonstration and a few test dyes, I asked if the group wanted to take a tea break. They looked up at me from furrowed brows, all of them responding with a resounding 'No!' And, 'We're here to make things!' And so we did. I love seeing different styles and personalities emerge in the context of a creative group, from the serious and considered approach, to the free and easy way of doing things. Gerda enthusiastically used up as much fabric as she could and then, having run out of cotton squares, whipped off her T-shirt and decided to dye that too. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Thanks to all the participants for an inspiring morning together.
If you're interested in hosting a Shibori party, or gathering a bunch of friends for a creative morning in the KZN South Coast/Durban area and would like someone to run a workshop for you, feel free to drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more info.
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