How Can You Resist?
Jane Callender, Instructor
Dates: September 22nd – 26th, 2021
Some of the oldest methods of patterning cloth are the resist dyed techniques. These include batik, which uses paste or hot wax, and the shibori technique which was brought to prominence in the West during the ’60s through the use of Chinese tie-dye. ‘Tie-dye’ techniques are to be found the world over including India, Japan, Indonesia, Peru, and Africa – and they are now collectively referred to as shibori – the word the Japanese gave to their traditional textiles which were created through varied techniques of compression.
Techniques – Effective resists are created by methods which exert compression and the master class would include:
- Stitching by hand
- Stitching by sewing machine
- Folding Itajime – Folded cloth is placed between boards
- Wrapping Bo maki shibori – Cloth is wrapped to a central core such as a cylinder
- Binding – There are several binding techniques worked on a small scale
- Reserving Boshi – Selected areas of cloth are capped off – the term boshi means ‘cap’
All these techniques bring about great differences in the resisted marks they create on the cloth and offer the opportunity to explore the varied dynamics of pattern, texture, design and composition. Pattern planning principles and their use through simple geometry will be discussed.