Shibori & Natural Indigo Garden
Indigo Garden Workshop Recap + mini-retreat!
Have you ever admired indigo dipped textiles? Indigo dye is fun and can be a wonderfully mindful activity. Today, I'm going to share with you the happenings of our last workshop that was hosted at a very special Venice Beach location.
I'd also like you to know about our upcoming Natural Indigo & Shibori mini-retreat later this month. Now on to the recap of our Indigo Workshop! A lush garden complete with koi pond tucked into a quiet Venice neighborhood was the perfect setting to cultivate creativity. Attendees found it easy to connect with their fellow creatives as they explored the space.
We began the workshop with a a tour of the garden and a creative circle where each guest shared their back ground and current creative interests. I love it when creatives come together like this because it's really important to make it a habit to connect and tap into creativity.
It was inspiring to have educators, surface designers, a yoga teacher, an experienced seamstress along with creative entrepreneurs joining us. Some join the worksop to connect, others to relax, and all have a strong interest in beginning to master the artful techniques of Shibori. After a demonstration on prepping an indigo dye vat, I demonstrated several Shibori fabric folding techniques and everyone began designing their textile pieces. Experimentation is encouraged and our attendees did not disappoint. It was a great opportunity for everyone to connect as we folded fabric and prepped items for the vat.
The creative atmosphere was refreshing and attendees were sharing ideas as pieces were dipped into the indigo vats. As the indigo oxidized, attendees enjoyed light refreshments while catching up with one another. Then, creatives went back for additional dips in to the dye vat.
After all of the pieces had been rinsed came the most exciting part - when attendees unfold their pieces and reveal the Shibori designs! It is very gratifying to see the excitement unfold as you see the beautiful textile work they created. Gorgeous bandanas were unveiled as well as additional items such as scrunchies, masks, and a beautifully designed small canvas tote!
All photos are by Amelia Tabullo photography
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HI, I'M HILARY.
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