Happy Friday, everybody! Today, I am thrilled to announce my upcoming workshop series for this Spring. Creative Sundays workshops are designed to unite creative people and ignite your passion, while offering an opportunity to relax and work with your hands. Without further ado, here is what I am currently offering this Spring!
Indigo Shibori Private Lessons
Class description: Are you curious about how to work with natural indigo dye? Would you like to learn more about the intricacies of ancient Japanese Shibori? Through private lessons, you will explore the art of Shibori in a studio setting, practice natural indigo dyeing and learn to create Itajime, Arashi, and Kumo designs native to Japan. This class is suitable for beginners to intermediate Shibori artists, especially those who have attended workshops and wish to customize their designs. You can sign-up here or contact me with any questions!
MArch 18th: NaTural Bundle Dyeing and Aromatherapy Retreat
Class Description: Are you curious about how to use botanical materials, such as flowers, plants and fruits to create stunning original textiles? Do you want to learn more about essential oils and their unique properties. This workshop combines a love for natural dyeing with aromatherapy. In this half-day retreat, you will learn the basics of natural dye materials and use them to create spontaneous results. You will relax and enjoy aromatherapy as you create your own unique fragrance using essential oils with Flin Grant of the Art of Essentials. You will have the opportunity to create both a scarf and 2 aromatherapy fragrance blends. The workshop space is limited to 20 participants and you can sign-up here!
May 6th: Silk Textile Marbling
Class Description: You will create a beautiful marbled textile print on silk just in time for Mother's Day. In this workshop, you will explore the art of Ebru marbling on silk to create the perfect Summer accessory to gift. Participants will also experiment with marbled prints on paper which result in beautiful fine art prints. Space is limited to 12 guests, and you can register here.
I look forward to meeting you at one of these events sometime soon! The summer schedule is already in the works and will be announced shortly with an east L.A. indigo wardrobe upcycling party to benefit an environmental charity. In the meantime, please let me know, should you have any questions about upcoming events or private lessons this Spring. Have a great weekend!
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Textile and Paper Marbling Workshop Recap
Last weekend, I hosted our final workshop of 2017! It was an afternoon of Textile Marbling and designing prints on paper with a fabulous group of participants. I was in awe of their creativity and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing each and everyone's design. Today I am going share with you a quick recap and photos of the event at Domain Weho!
It began indoors with linen napkin sets ready to be designed with ink. I pre-dyed about half of the cloth napkins in natural indigo and one set pale pink using avocados as dye. On my part, there was much anticipation and preparation surrounding this event from gathering the perfect linens to sourcing the best materials for marbling as a group.
Once we were all settled in, guests gathered around the table to see a short demo before moving out to the sky lounge terrace.
I didn't think I could be any more excited about the workshop, until I saw the cheese tray designed by the talented, Meg Quinn. Check out her lovely spread all set up in the penthouse kitchen. I love how she uses color, texture and seasonal fruits to create the perfect cheese tray!
Textile Marbling on Linen Napkins
Our workshop covered 2 types of marbling, Ebru marbling with "size" on linen and later marbling on paper with Suminagashi inks. For the textile marbling, We used linen napkins. One was a heavyweight absorbent textured linen, while the other was a smooth finish, suitable for a pocket square.
Please read more to see the amazing results and receive the short list of supplies to use!
WEEKEND RECAP Block Printing in Joshua Tree
Last weekend, I attended a block printing workshop in a remote and beautiful setting in the Joshua Tree, California desert.
I had planned on doing this weekend workshop for quite a while, and this time I got lucky enough to sign-up for the first one of the season. Last weekend's trip out to Joshua Tree, California was largely due to this class offered by Lily and Hopie Stockman of Blockshop textiles! This workshop is described as an immersive day of hand block printing using traditional techniques learned from master printers in India, and it totally was!
Are you ready for a little peak into the hand block printing process? I tried to capture and document some of the magic for you, while staying focused on the creative part of designing an original hand printed textile. Hopefully, you can make it out there to attend too one day soon. Until then you can come along me:)
One of the exciting things about this block printing workshop was that we had the opportunity to use natural indigo dyes. I signed-up not knowing about that and was pleasantly surprised and excited as we watched Lily preparing the dye vat. She explained her process and gave us a lot of good info about keeping a natural vat.
Everyone was excited to see the white cotton scarf with triangular motif going into the dye vat.
To get started with printing, we practiced on paper as our blank canvas.
Exploring the beginning of a wavy pattern.
Then, all of a sudden it was all like eat, sleep, stamp, repeat and we all became block printing machines.
Later, I loved how the indigo blue looked held up against the desert sky. The pale blue color reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe and the open desert skies that she painted in her lifetime. Hopie described the first dip in indigo as a cornflower blue. Next, all of the printed pieces were hanging out to dry.
I did a second printed pattern in black with red ink on a silk scarf and printed more freely.
Side note: I really want to dye my denim shirt that I am wearing too!
Here is the last one that I made after dyeing it in indigo. I find myself wearing this print a lot lately.
It was a beautiful day well-spent out in the dreamy high desert that is Joshua Tree.
Additionally, I find myself valuing more about the experience of creating things in a workshop or studio setting, more than the experience of shopping for things. How about you?
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