4 July 2020, Shibori and Indigo Dyeing with Alex Hagen
Saturday 4 July 2020, 11am-5pm, £195 (price includes materials, lunch and refreshments)
Location: Minerva Workshop, Unit 2, Dove Centre, 109 Bartholomew Road, London, NW5 2BJ
Hosted by Alex Hagen
Alex Hagen is a textile artist who specialises in the Japanese stitch resist technique of Shibori and the use of indigo and other botanical dyes. Shibori is a slow and complex process. Each piece of fabric is hand stitched, when the threads have been pulled up and tied off the fabric is repeatedly dyed in an indigo vat. The fabric is rinsed and finally the stitches are removed to reveal the resist. Alex works with abstract patterns, the rhythm of lines and grids, the repetition of elements which are similar but never the same. She is interested in the relationship between pattern and empty space, the transitions from dark to light.
Her approach considers the environmental impact of working with textiles. She sees herself as part of a growing movement which encourages slow making and slow consumption. Wherever possible she uses organic and/or GOTS certified fabrics, her favourites being linen, hemp and ramie and a hemp-cotton mix. She also works with vintage and antique fabrics.
Alex has a degree in Fine Art/Painting from Chelsea College of Art, London and she is a student of Japanese Textiles expert Bryan Whitehead who is based in Fujino, Japan. She works and teaches at her studio within the historic Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Outline of the workshop:
The workshop will outline a number of basic stitch techniques (hira-nui, ori-nui, awase-nui) and demonstrate how to use these to build more complex patterns. Alex will introduce participants to the principles of working with an indigo vat. You will come away with a sampler on organic hemp/cotton and an organic cotton bandana dyed with botanical indigo. Please bring an apron and wear old or dark clothes.
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