The Japanese craft of Katagami (stencil cutting) has been around for hundreds of years, with craftsmen making the most delicate and detailed patterns and representations of nature. Katagami stencils are made from Japanese washi paper, soaked and bonded together by the juice of the Persimmon fruit and then dried and smoked to create an almost entirely waterproof paper, ideal for stencil work. In this full day class you will learn about: The rice paste used as a resist for all Katazome (stencilling with indigo) How to make and maintain an indigo vat and dye with indigo Stencilling with leaves and other found objects Cutting your own simple stencil which you can take away with you as a souvenir How to paste fabric for dyeing with a variety of stencils including your own, those made by the tutor and some modern Japanese stencils How to use a persimmon paper cone to draw with paste You will use your stencils to dye a number of samples A white cotton tote bag to stencil as a project is included in the price Your tutor will also explain about the history of Katagami stencilling in Japan, the four types of stencil cutting techniques and show you a number of vintage stencils, including some from the Edo and Meiji periods. This is a full day class, 6 hours.
This full day of learning about natural dyes is split into two 3 hour sessions. In the morning session you will learn about natural dyes (plant fibres and extracts), alum and iron mordants and modifiers/assistants and the equipment you need to set up your own natural dyeing experiments. You will also learn shibori binding techniques. You will be working with silk, cotton and wool fabrics. In the afternoon session you will use natural plant dyes over-dyed with indigo, mordants and modifiers to produce a sample book containing a range of colours on silk, cotton and wool fabrics. (Sample book included). The dyes used will be tansy, madder, myrobalan and indigo. We will also use an additional *mystery* dye to achieve another colour! You will get a hardback sample book to take home with you. Limited to 4 attendees.