December 10, 2014

Shakerag Workshop June 21 - 27, 2015
Katazome with Natural Dyes on Silk
In this workshop, participants will create images by experimenting with Katazome: making rice paste & soymilk with traditional recipes, stencil cutting, application of a variety of natural dyes and mordant, and then setting colors to complete the process. We will observe objects in nature from the surroundings of Shakerag, such as leaves, flowers, and branches, to get a sense of the Japanese aesthetic.

Pacific NorthWest Art School    July 29-Aug 2
Indigo Shibori & Natural Dyes

Explore images on natural fabric with various shades of indigo blues and various natural dyes, such as Cutch, Osage, Cochineal, Madder  applying Shibori resist techniques.  Over-dyeing natural dyes and indigo creates tasty colors.  Although indigo and natural dyeing have been applied to clothes and interior decorations for over 700 years in Japan, the harmoniously beautiful colors appear "contemporary" in our modern life style.  Students will experience various Shibori techniques, such as stitching, pleating, twisting, clamping, wrapping, folding and binding, then submerge resisted fabrics in the indigo pot and/or natural dyes.
Hope you can explore your creativity in these workshops!  

September 4, 2014

The two pieces were selected by the National Juried Fibers Exhibiton.  (group exhibition)

Material Matters
September 24 - October 25, 2014
Reception: Friday Sept. 26, 6-9pm
Union Street Gallery
1527 Otto Blvd.  Chicago Heights  IL  60411   708-754-2601
Gallery Hrs: W&TH 12-5 F 12-6 S 11-4

Jurors: Joan Livingstone; professional fiber artist, professor and chair for the Fiber and Material Studies Dept. at the Art Institute of Chicago
Kraig Rasmussen; Curator of Exhibitions at the Textile Center i Minneapolis, MN
Renewal #4  Japanese paper, indigo dyed, natural dyes, hand cut-out, constructed.  28"H x 50" w x 7"D 
                                                                    Renewal #4 detail

Cycle of Renewal #1  Japanese paper, indigo dyed, hand cut-out & constructed.  58"H x 120"W (total 4 panels)
                                                           Cycle of Renewal #1 detail

April 1, 2014

I went to the Pearlstein Resort Center (WI) for the artist retreat in March organized by Lilach Schrag.  I spent for three days working on my new project, discussing with other artists at night.  It was wonderful to be isolated from a daily routine.  Here are some pictures taken by Lilach Scharag.
papers were dyed by indigo, then painted with Kihada and walnut.  Then put them together with glue on rice paper by traditional Japanese scrol making technique.  this is not finished yet.  I will cut more.
Cut out images of birds.  The theme is "traces" of presence.

Cut with knife.