It’s been a while! Summer has been non-stop for the past few weeks. I truly can’t believe it is already the middle of August. Time really does fly!
Two weekends ago, I spent a beautiful Saturday and Sunday in Brooklyn, NY. I spent Saturday walking around to various shops on Bedford Ave and had an awesome dinner with a friend. In the morning, I hopped on the subway, grabbed a delicious little peach scone at the Smith Canteen and headed to the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn.
If you’re not familiar with the website CourseHorse, you should cruise on over. They offer a ton of different classes for basically anything you can think of in the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago areas. You also get $10 off your first class!
I purchased a Shibori dyeing class taught by Katrin Reifeiss, a lovely and very talented textile designer. Shibori is an ancient Japanese resist-dye technique. It involves creasing, folding, stitching, binding and knotting fabric to create beautiful, one of a kind designs inspired by nature. You use a specially formulated Indigo dye which is where you get that beautiful deep blue color.
The Textile Arts Center itself was amazing. It’s huge windows let the sunlight shine through them, lighting the entire studio up with natural, gorgeous light. It smelled like inks and paint and was filled with tools, yarns and machines. It reminded me of the print shop in college a little bit. A place where as soon as you step foot inside you felt inspired to create something amazing.
The class supplied everyone with a white blanket, but if time permitted we were able to use the time to work on other pieces we brought with us. In addition to my blanket I dyed a cotton tank top and a long canvas table runner.
After a long day of non-stop dyeing I was starving. I ended up stopping at a little restaurant around the corner from the Textile Center called The Pickle Shack. It was prefect. I got a Dogfish Head Namaste (my absolute favorite) and a house made shack veggie burger with a pickle on the side. And for a place called The Pickle Shack they made some damn good pickles!
Below are some shots of the front and back of the tank top I dyed. The technique you see there is a spiderweb binding technique.
The technique used for my blanket is a continuous pleated stripe folding technique.
This class was an absolute joy! Not only did I learn so many new things, but everyone who attended was incredibly kind and inspiring to be around. I have been wanting to take a Shibori class for a very long time now. It truly is such a beautiful art form. Never knowing how each piece will turn out is such an exciting feeling. But the best part is the unraveling. Laying eyes on the fresh hues of blue is such a sight. Each crease and fold creating something so unique is a really special feeling.
Explore. Do. Be open to new things. You will be surprised at all the amazing teachers and people there are in the world willing to share their passion of their craft with you.
:. Catina .: