I've been teaching Shibori in Ireland for about 8 months and it has been exciting to see such interest in this traditional technique. Usually, I teach the same introduction workshop as this is a great taster but recently I have had returning students. It's been great to see their development and interest increase. It reminds me of my first days in Bryan's home in Japan, learning the basics of shibori and the excitement I felt.

Andrea came to my studio workshop for the second time on Saturday. I gave her a few selection of what to learn and she choose a pole wrapping technique called Mura Kumo Shibori. The technique is a variation on Arashi shibori, where string is used to compress the fabric to the pole, but instead of string fabric is pulled tight and stitched onto the pole. It is then compressed to create folds and dyed in indigo.

Andrea's folds are more defined and close together than my sample above, but I really love the effect as it's almost like heavy brush strokes in an illustration.

Shibori Prep Work

Shibori Prep Work

Pole Wrapped in Indigo

Pole Wrapped in Indigo

Final Sbibori Piece

Final Sbibori Piece
Moneeza is a book binder so I encouraged her to bring some paper and see how it works in the indigo. As well as making her shibori tenugi during the workshop she tested some of the handmade India paper. The paper is specially made from recycled cotton and the indigo took to it very well. We all had a go and it was very interesting to see indigo being used on a different medium. I'm really looking forward to seeing the book she makes with it. Overall it was a very unique and inspiring workshop.