January 18, 2019

I taught Katazome workshop in the summer, 2018 at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  It was only for a week and it was very intense.  Even so, we went through whole process; designing and cut out stencils, cooking rice paste, spreading rice paste through stencil, brushing soy milk, alum, and natural dyes, such as Lac, Weld, Madder, and Logwood finishing to set colors.  We made a indigo dye vat and dipped rice pasted fabric.  Also we dipped already colored with natural dye; yellow of Weld made lovely green after dipping it into indigo dye bath.
 Amy is spreading the rice paste out through her exquisite stencil.  See the below.

 We started to cut small stencils.  The black color stencil is attached SHA(silk gauze) for screen.

Brushing Lac on fabric.  This way with bamboo stretchers is traditional Katazome, and it stretches both directions.  It dries quickly, and it can be used long fabric, e.g. ten yard!

Community piece with Weld.  Everyone contributed his/her own stencil with rice paste.  Then we dipped it into indigo dye vat to make an emerald green color.

 During the class.  Arrowmont has a large space with wonderful equipment that we need.

 It was a full class.  Everyone was truly creative, patient, and hard working students. I loved them!!!

 During the critique.  They were productive!  I was impressed by student who came from different back ground, not fiber.  Even so, the core is an art.  Use of different medium must be a great opportunity to discover new direction.  Especially young people who pracite different meium tried to lean Katazome, and I admired their experimentation.