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 hear Junko's opinion too. I really loved meeting someone from Japan in Ireland and I even got to test my Japanese language. They didn't compare to Junko's English but it was fun to try!

A few day after the class I received an email from Tish who had visited Japan before. She sent me a few pictures of her new tenugi being used as table runners with her lovely Japanese pottery on them. I was lovely to see students using their own handmade fabrics.