Feb 2011 

spring, shibori, workshops,
and more...

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Dear Friends of Shibori Girl Studios,

As you can see from the photo above, Spring has arrived in Southern California!  This photo was taken at the LA County Arboretum last week and has inspired some Spring colors in the dyepot!  I hope that those of you who endured (and are enduring) much cold and snow this Winter will soon be saying hello to Spring in your region. Trust, it WILL arrive!

So, onto the updates and where you can find me over the next few months~


What's Ahead?  

Feb- May 2011 

First off, I am offering my online workshop, Shibori Techniques on Silk beginning on March 9, 2011.  This 5 week workshop explores many shibori techniques and focuses on taking traditional methods and applying them using contemporary materials and ideas.  This workshop was presented once before online and while this will cover much of the same material it will be enhanced with many ideas I have accumulated since then.  The format will be that of a private blog where all participants will be able to post their work and communicate with each other as well as with myself. The blog, PDFs, video, and skype make this a truly interactive experience.  If you haven't tried this before, I think you will be in for a treat.  This will likely be the only time this will be offered this year.


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Next, I am off to Puyallup Washington for the annual Sew Exporibbon moonThis is the nation's largest sewing show and this is the first time I will attend.  I will be vending as well as demonstrating things to do with my silk shibori ribbon each of the 4 days- March 3, 4, 5, and 6th.


On Saturday March 19, I will return to my favorite LA museum- the Japanese American National Museum for another Indigo Dyeing Workshop.  This small intimate workshop will further explore indigo dyeing techniques that can be used on a variety fabrics.  We will be using several vats and will make one up in class using pre-reduced indigo that you can replicate at home.  Sign up is through the museum by calling 213.625.0414.




Then, it's off to Cincinnati! Known as the "Queen" city, Cincinnati has one of the largest collections of 19th-century Italianate architecture in the U.S. I hope to get to see a little of that!  Mostly though, I'll be teaching 2 classes there- both on April 7th- the day before the show actually opens.  Join me in the morning (Class # 220 9-noon) for Luxurious Silk Adornments where we will make flowers, leaves, necklaces  and more for many applications- jewelry, bridal, millinary, garments and whatever else needs a little silk adornment.  Sign up for both and after a lunch break come on back for an inspiring afternoon (Class # 231 2-5 PM) of working with silk, Colorhue dyes, and a myriad of shibori techniques (I've even been known to bring in a little indigo!).  Sign up for both classes and receive a special ribbon pack to take home as a gift.   Sign up online with Quilts Inc. here. 


And then there is the crown

jewel of the Spring season-Japan!

The Silk Study Tour will depart for Tokyo on May 18 for a 10 day trip of fascinating study, travel, and beauty.  We still have 2 spots open and if you have been on the fence about this tour NOW is the time to speak up!  

cocoon display 

We will keep a short (2 person) waitlist just in case one of the participants has an emergency and is forced to cancel, but final

preparations are being made now.  We are gathering our thoughts and getting to know one another, preparing ourselves for the great adventure that awaits!  To see the tour brochure, go here.


Of course there has been much activity in the studio, some of which can be seen on the blog.  Some short clips can be seen here in a recent video experiment.  


I also want to mention Wendy, and her good work with children involving textiles and therapy.  Her latest article,

Hope Arrived Yesterday, is excellent and speaks into what is being achieved by using the unique connection she has established between the children she helps and the textile works of artists and makers she engages by sharing stories through cloth.  It is a unique opportunity and I have marveled at the healing it has provided- for all of us.    



So, on that note- I leave you to enjoy this Spring in it's full glory and send wishes of hope, healing, creativity, peace and joy! Let's bring on the Spring!


mata ne-