INDIGO

this is our Synthetic Indigo Vat

this is our Synthetic Indigo Vat

This is our natural Indigo Vat

This is our natural Indigo Vat

What a remarkable 2 day workshop (November 16th and 17th 2013) this was…it was fascinating to me to be able to compare the 2 indigo vats….we did  zinc/lime vats and now I realize why Yoshiko Wada in the 5 day workshop I took from her in 1992, used synthetic Indigo….and indeed it seemed that the 4 women in my class were preferring to use the synthetic vat. The natural vat was beautiful with the high quality indigo we used from Maiwa…..what a treat!!!

these are my samples from the time I lived in Hawaii and kept an indigo vat for 7 years

these are my samples from the time I lived in Hawaii and kept an indigo vat for 7 years

doing shibori

doing shibori at the Tin Thimble

and more shibori

and more shibori……

I am sorry to say I neglected to take any photos of our dyeing process, but dye we did…..

undoing shibori

undoing shibori

 

undoing shibori after dyeing

undoing more shibori after dyeing

The joy of discovering an opti visor.....

The joy of discovering an opti visor for taking out shibori…..

undoing more shibori

undoing more shibori

And finally we get to see the fruits of our labors

shibori unfolded

shibori unfolded

I love to put non-traditional things into the indigo vat....wooden beads

I love to put non-traditional things into the indigo vat….wooden beads

and bone.....

and bone…..

some very beautiful shibori came out of these vats

some very beautiful shibori came out of these vats

lovely

lovely

Interesting samples

Interesting samples

more interesting samples

more interesting samples

 

pole wrapped organza

pole wrapped organza

chiffon scarf dyed in Fennel, then shibori kumo, then dyed in the natural vat....quite lovely!

chiffon scarf dyed in Fennel and some eco printing,  then shibori kumo, then dyed in the natural vat….quite lovely!

itajime shibori with carved blocks

itajime shibori with carved blocks….one of my personal favorite techniques

a lovely stitched design

a lovely stitched design

it was quite a wonderful experience, and I’d like to thank these 4 women for being so attentive and focused!…..our day ended with this remarkable gift from the Universe

sky show at the closing of class....

sky show at the closing of class….

 

Namaste,

m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to INDIGO

  1. This is a must on anyones creative itinerary…keep us posted where you are being hosted dear sister and we will come. a great re-union of the Razey clan and followers!
    loving you,
    sis Mary

  2. Cathleen Hollister says:

    Sorry to have missed the class but had to go out of town. Looks like a very creative and fun time.

  3. ARDITH GRAY says:

    this class was amazing……I love studying with Melissa….she shares with sincerity and joy. We accomplished more in this class than I ever dreamed could be possible. I continue to study shibori and indigo. thank you as always…………..ardith

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