Itajime: Subtractions and Additions
Elin Noble, Instructor
Dates: Monday, October 2nd – Friday, October 6th, 2023 (9am-4pm)
In this class we will explore what happens when color is repeatedly added and removed through sequential itajime shibori steps. Itajime shibori, or clamp-resist dyeing, is based on wooden boards held on either side of accordion folded cloth before the cloth is dyed. This class is an in-depth exploration of how the different folds, and the location, shape, and size of the boards, influence the overall pattern. At least fifteen different folds will be demonstrated.We will use Procion MX fiber reactive dyes on cellulose cloth (cotton, rayon, Tencel, hemp, and linen) and acid dyes on silk, and we will selectively remove color using Thiox. True magic happens when color is removed and another color is put in its place. The end result will be cloth filled with luminosity, displaying sophisticated color nuances, as well as visual complexity.
We will cover the basics. We will learn why the different products are used and when and how to use them. We will also discuss color mixing, fabric selection, preparation, and safety. You will leave with dozens of dyed examples and the ability to further explore your personal pattern vocabulary.
Instructor Bio: Elin Noble was born in Munich, Germany, grew up in the United States, the Far East and Europe, and now resides in Langley, Washington. She studied art history in Florence, Italy and has traveled and studied in Japan, India, Turkey, Peru, South Africa, Europe, and Mexico. Elin’s book “Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric”, won the 1999 Independent Publisher book award for the best “How-To Book”. She has a BFA in Fiber from the University of Washington. As former Lab Manager at PRO Chemical & Dye, she has a vast experience and understanding of dyeing. She has appeared on PBS, lectured, and conducted dye and paint workshops domestically & internationally.