3rd April 2016

Shibori Dress Commission

14th February 2016

Make your own Indigo Summer Bag

5 Week Course – Make Your Own Indigo Reversible Bag! This new course will help students hone their dyeing and sewing skills to make their own unique reversible bag – just in time for summer! Students will be shown how to dye their fabric to their own design and create their bags with a pattern and a sewing machine. By the end of the course, students will have a stylish, modern bag ready to hit the shops or the beach! Students are required to bring their own sewing machine. Dates Tuesday evenings from March 15th until April 12th, 7-9pm. 5 Week Course Price  – £65 Location – Conway Mill Booking link – http://www.mottainaitextiles.com/product/make-your-own-indigo-bag/
12th February 2016

Spring Workshop Term

1 Day Dyeing Workshop: An Introduction to Japanese Indigo Dyeing Are you interested in learning a new skill? Fancy making a unique shibori piece of your own? If so, come along to our 1 day indigo dyeing workshop! The Japanese use tenugui, which are reusable hand-towels, in order to cut down on the use of disposable towels in public bathrooms. More intricate versions are now being used to decorate the home, as wall-hangings or small tablecloths. During the course of the day, students learn about the history of indigo dyeing in Japan and will learn how to dye two of their own tenugui using the shibori technique. By the end of the class each student will have their own unique tenugui to take home and enjoy!   Dates Saturday 27th February Saturday 26th March Saturday 23rd April   Price £45 all materials included   Location – Conway Mill   Due to […]
5th February 2016

New Studio!

New year, new space! Due to growing demands on my workspace, I moved into a great new room across the hall in Conway Mill. I’m so glad I managed to find a space which catered to my needs within the Mill; its history and linen-making heritage serve to inspire me in ways that many other studio spaces couldn’t. I now have my own sink, which is a real time-saver, and loads more room for teaching. Watch this space for exciting news on upcoming workshops and courses!
21st September 2015

August Craft Month

4th August 2015

Teaching New Japanese Textile Techniques

20th July 2015

Recent Shibori Workshops

I just wanted to write a quick post to thank all the creative individuals who attending recent workshops we’ve held in and around Belfast. I have met some very interesting people and have had great fun teaching them about Japanese textiles and hearing about their experience or interest in Japan.   The selection is from a Saturday workshop held in our studio. It was such a beautiful sunny day (a rare occasion in Ireland) so we decide to take the indigo vat outside and work in the sun. It was such a fun day working with the group as they were quite experimental. Mike has used the shibori tenugi he made as a cover for his decks and music equipment. I love to hear what people use their final pieces for.         I also had a great Maven Session with Maven, a fabulous and unique interior design […]
21st May 2015

Teaching ShiboriIn Ireland

Since returning to Ireland from Japan I have been teaching Japanese textiles techniques. I feel privileged to have been able to study textiles in Japan and I hope to inspire others interest in Japanese textiles and encourage them to create their own work in these ancient art forms. I was delighted when I asked to teach two Shibori class at Flowerfield Art Center in Portstewert. The students who attended the class had great interest and enthusiasm to learn about Japanese culture as well as indigo dyeing. Each student made two Japanese tenugi and it was very interesting to see the variation in each person’s piece even though they were taught the same technique. I was excited (and slightly nervous) that Junko came to the class but my knowledge of Japanese traditions held up. As students were very interested in Japanese culture as a whole, it was great for them to […]
21st May 2015

Some history about mottainai textiles

Mottainai is a Japanese term that doesn’t really have a direct English translation. It is usually used in the case of telling someone to not being wasteful. However, it means more than the environmental values of reuse and recycles. It is also based on the idea that you only use what you need in the world. Mottai comes from a Buddhist term that refers to the essence of all things and that everything is connected. Nai is the negative form. Therefore, together they mean that we shouldn’t waste resources and to use what we have with respect. I was first introduced to this concept by a 16-year-old girl at an English speech contest in Japan and it made me think about how wasteful we are. Everyday people buy things they don’t need and we have become a ‘throw away’ culture. This is not news but it saddens me to think […]