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!
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.
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！