11 July 2020, Katazome printing, Virtual Workshop with Sarah Desmarais
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Saturday 11 July 2020, 11am-5pm BST (London), £195 (price includes materials)
Virtual workshop, hosted on Zoom by Sarah Desmarais
Sarah Desmarais is a textile designer maker and crafts researcher. She produces hand-printed textiles with the traditional materials of Japanese katazome or stencil dyeing - paper stencils and a rice paste resist that is washed out after dyeing to leave a white pattern on a coloured ground. Her designs derive from drawing and mark making in a variety of wild and weathered landscapes. Her work celebrates the value of slow making and its potential to contribute to a more sustainable culture of textile production and consumption. She is the recipient of a 2019 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust award to take part in a research trip to Japan. She has recently undertaken artist residencies with Bow Arts and the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, and supervises doctoral research at the Royal College of Art.
Website: sarahdesmarais.com. Instagram: sarahdesmaraistextiles
Outline of the workshop
Japanese katazome (or stencil dyeing) is a centuries-old method of printing on cloth using paper stencils and a rice paste resist in combination with indigo. It was often used in the past to produce fabric for kimonos. In this workshop we’ll look briefly at the history of this art, and consider ways of designing successfully for the medium. Then participants will use traditional Japanese stencil paper (made with sheets of mulberry paper that have been laminated with fermented persimmon juice and then smoked to become waterproof) to hand cut stencils from their own designs. These will be used to print a repeat pattern onto linen cloth, using a traditional rice paste resist made from sweet rice flour and rice bran. When the resist is dry, the fabric will be dyed with indigo, and then washed out to reveal a white pattern on an indigo ground.
A materials kit including Japanese stencil paper, prepared rice paste, linen cloth and materials for an indigo vat will be provided in advance. A film of creating an indigo vat at home will be sent prior to the workshop to help you set up.
Participants will need to provide basic drawing materials, masking tape, a cutting mat (any size), scalpel handle fitted with 10A Swann-Morton surgical blade, a fine emery board and vaseline/lip salve (for blade sharpening), and a plastic bucket, apron and rubber gloves. A bathroom or outdoor space (with plastic or newspaper protection where necessary) will be required for the dyeing process. Participants will end the day with a katazome-printed, indigo-dyed linen panel of suitable dimensions for a tea towel or cushion cover. They will have an understanding of the whole process, and a comprehensive resource list that will enable them to explore this beautiful textile print medium independently. The workshop is suitable for any level of design or textile printing experience. Please wear suitable clothing for working with dye.
A materials pack in a Selvedge Tote bag will be sent to participants prior to the workshop. For those outside of the UK, a list of materials will be provided if it is not possible to send a materials pack.
NOTE: Participants will also need a cutting mat, scalpel and blade (or similar), and a bucket for the indigo as well as some space to create a small indigo vat.
All places reserved on workshops are non refundable, however, if you let us know you are not able to make a workshop you have booked at least two weeks prior to the event, we will re-advertise your place and refund your fee as long as we are able to sell your place and the workshop is fully booked.
If you require additional information about this workshop please contact Catherine Harris, email@example.com.