Workshop time in LA(Long Beach)!!!

It’s comin’ up on that time of year! That time that I look forward to, going on over to Glennis’ in California to teach together with her. Link below.Image

This year, we are teaching BOTH mandala shibori AND itajime techniques in a three-day course. Mandalas basically being circular patterns which display different magnitudes of symmetry. Itajime shibori is an ancient japanese technique, but I initially approached it for a different reason. For me, the initial attraction was the fact that it is also repeated mandalas, if you look at it that way. And also the fact that Japanese width fabric lends itself so perfectly to such a technique!Image

Today, I completed this panel which combines both techniques in one work. The central mandala is 6 points in the middle, doubling to 12 points partway thru. Anybody who knows me and my work knows I love and prefer 6 and variables thereof, like 12 and 24. Six is displayed in nature in crystals of ice, and elsewhere, and the 12-point mandala surrounded by six-pointers seen in the itajime pattern (hard to make out clearly with this one, too many colors) is a basic representation of the structure within certain energy flow models. Sacred geometry, baby!


Granted, our first pieces don’t have to go the full nine-yards like this one did. We will learn and practice on both silk and cotton, steadily and repetitively over the three days. You will certainly get  the practice needed to retain the technique, so you you can take it with you and make it your own! : ) Everybody should dye mandalas!! It’s too fun!We are still looking for more students, so if you think you are interested, get in touch! : )

There’s the link below.


Greedy mandala, desire mandala….欲張りまんだら欲まんだら

Tried to make this 12 point out to 24 point mandala work. I had this super thin, super fine fabric which I had wanted to try for a while. Tied up a mandala yesterday and went for it. This is what I got. Kind of not what I had hoped for, a fail , in my eyes. Dye penetration sucks. Yeah, I ain’t gonna throw it away but….

First lesson: sometimes you push too hard and don’t get it exactly right.

One thing I found kinda ironic , though. The part which constitutes the fail, the areas of lighter color throughout the mandala, which radiate out from the center, actually look interesting , in a way, like light shining thru the mandala. Basically, the fail is the success….

Second lesson: same thing looked at from a different perspective looks very different, like a different object altogether.

new tube knits~~新しいチューブニット

Friend came to visit and brought me 4 new bundles of cotton tubeknit fabrics yesterday. He works inthe industry and frequently comes across discarded material…Four new cotton tubeknits!! How am I to be expected to concentrate??! Got an exhibition starting in five days….better concentrate…

友達が昨日来て新しい布四種類のチューブニット持って来てくれました〜〜〜!彼は布専門の仕事してよく捨てられる布を見つけれるらしい〜〜〜〜!四つの新しい生地〜! どうやって集中すればいいだろう!!あと五日間で展示会始まる。。。。集中しなくちゃ〜〜〜〜。。。。。

This is a test mandala on one of the fabrics–a really thick jersey-like knit, not much stretch….


Indigo mandala tie-dye tee~~藍染めまんだら絞りTーシャーツ

Finished up this tee today. Indigo dyed, using the same solution as i used to dye the hankies in the last post. It’s a solution of lye, the finely powdered indigo, and lastly, sodium hydrosulfite. Stinky stuff, that hydro!

I use a solution of lye in water to dilute it for gradations.

this tee has been washed in warm water with detergent. It’s an organic cotton tee from SOS from Texas, natural color.

Dig it!!



このt−シャーツはもう洗剤を使って洗ってある。オルがニックコットン生成りSOS from Texas。

indigo snow mandalas–藍染め雪まんだら

Indigo dyeing although it’s FREEZING outside! BRRRRRRR~~~~~~!

Super Glennis~~~~~~~~~スッパアグレニス

OK, I have a new hero! International shibori master Glennis Dolce. Damn!!

She was in Nagoya with her man Phil and we got together and she blew my mind, what a wild woman, tie-dye wild woman!

When I get bigger, I wanna be like Glennis! Definitely, a lot for me to learn. Hard worker. Creative volcano.

Now the California at the far end of the tunnel looks a bit closer and clearer…



彼氏と名古屋に来て、会って完全にやられた!! 絞り大真央!ボくがおおきくなったらグレニスみたいになりたい!! 勉強になるわ〜〜〜!! よくがんばっとる!


Warm day to dye—染めにぴったり合うあったかい日

OK, back after disaster.. I was frozen for a while, but I’m back in action.
It’s a warm day. Spring is on it’s way. the wind is blowing from the south today, which is the summer pattern.
This is my dye table, after a much too cold winter. Lots of cups, too many. Winter being cold, dye liquid keeps for long. So I just can’t throw things away, so after a few months, it’s gotten to this. I need to do socks or something else to get rid of it.
That’s a hemp tee with a mandala sticking out to th side there in process. It’s starting out super-yellow. The owner has instructed me to make it not so yellow.
今日はあったかく、春が来るぞっ! 風が南から吹いている;春一番!