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Introduction to Katazome- Japanese Stencil Dyeing

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Introduction to Katazome - Japanese Stencil Dyeing with fiber artist Karen Miller.

Two Day Class: Wednesday & Thursday, October 10 & October 11; 9 am to 5 pm
Instructor: Karen Miller


Karen was a professional marine biologist at Oregon State University for many years and her art is often inspired by her scientific background. Her interest in textiles and all things Japanese however was inspired by stories told by her Grandfather was a zoologist who lived and worked in Japan at the turn of the century. As fiber art gradually became her medium, she took up embroidery, then quilting and then surface design. She was introduced to katazome in 1994 and carving her first stencil was a pivotal moment in her life as an artist. Karen has studied with American katazome expert John Marshall, has had numerous shows, and has taught and lectured across the United States.

Japanese fabrics have been made for centuries using intricate paper stencils and a resist paste made of rice flour. Authentic Japanese fabrics made using this technique are very expensive and almost unobtainable in this country. You will learn how to make these lovely fabrics yourselves, dyeing them with colored dyes. On the first day, we will carve two stencils from Japanese paper and apply silk mesh to strengthen them. While the stencil is drying, we will make the resist paste. We will use some of my stencils to apply paste to fabric, so it will have time to dry overnight. The second day we will learn how to use a variety of traditional pigments, to produce multicolored images on silk or linen. Students will use their own stencils to paste silk scarves to dye and take home. Students will leave the class with two pieces that could be incorporated into a bag, pillow,wallhanging or quilt and a silk scarf.

There is a $35.00 materials fee for this class which is included in the cost of the class. Students will each receive a kit which includes stencil making supplies and fabrics. Dyes, pasting mats and Japanese brushes will be provided for students to use in the class. 

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