Saturday, May 11th. 10am- 4pm
Registration Fee: $105 includes all materials and supplies
Tesuji Shibori is pleating fabric over a flexible core. This class is traditional Japanese dye techniques on silk. The cloth is hand-pleated over a rope core for the length of the fabric. Then, the pleated cloth is stretched between stands that hold the rope taut. The artist moves along the cloth with a string to bind it tightly. After dying the string is removed to reveal the dye and the resisted fabric under the pleats. This is an ancient hand-craft used to make the fabric for prized kimono. The pattern produced is very recognizable and authentically Japanese. Students will practice with small pieces of silk samples and then try their hand at making a scarf.
Our Instructor: Wendy Smith-Wood
Retired mountaineer and musher, Smith-Wood sensei is a fiber artist living with her husband on an Alaskan homestead at Sheep Mountain close to the Matanuska glacier. She spent fifteen years as a mountain guide on the old silk routes in the Pamirs and Karakorum mountains, and climbing in the Himalayas, Atlas, Alps and Pyrenees. Each winter she traveled to Alaska to mush dogs in her favorite wilderness.
For the past 10 years she has worked as a textile artist specializing in Arashi Shibori. She produces exquisite ‘haute couture’ scarves and shawls. She also paints on silk for a short time each summer and is experimenting with sculptural Shibori wall-art .
Her work has been sold to Hollywood, state Senators, the Kennedys and many, many Alaskans who have supported her over the years. She winters in Central Florida near the Dojo.
PBS video on Wendy: https://video.milwaukeepbs.org/video/i-am-an-off-the-grid-artist-indie-alaska-gbcwvk/