'Kaleidoscope' dyeing: Japanese Itajime Shibori

Price
£43 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs 30 mins
Age restrictions
14+
Senior Citizen and Concession prices also available

What you'll do

The Japanese tradition of shibori, otherwise known as 'tie and dye' in the West, has developed into a unique art form with many specialist areas.

This workshop focuses on a specific method called 'itajime' which means folded/clamped in Japanese. This Japanese resist dyeing technique involves folding your fabric into a grid of repeating geometric shapes, before clamping and dyeing the fabric to produce stunning kaleidoscopic patterns with a psychedelic edge. They're showstoppers for sure...

Exploring colours and playing with shapes, these mysterious bundles open out into spectacular patterns which look even more beautiful when you hold them up to the light. Brush up on this practice's rich history and culture, as you absorb your host's wealth of knowledge before you try making your own.

You can take both of your finished itajime shibori home with you after the experience - you will be using a high-quality organic cotton percale. They are great to wrap up presents in (a tradition known as 'furoshiki' in Japan), or you can hang them on your walls, upcycle your clothes, turn them into soft furnishings or a lampshade - they're guaranteed to brighten up any home.

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What you'll do

The Japanese tradition of shibori, otherwise known as 'tie and dye' in the West, has developed into a unique art form with many specialist areas.

This workshop focuses on a specific method called 'itajime' which means folded/clamped in Japanese. This Japanese resist dyeing technique involves folding your fabric into a grid of repeating geometric shapes, before clamping and dyeing the fabric to produce stunning kaleidoscopic patterns with a psychedelic edge. They're showstoppers for sure...

Exploring colours and playing with shapes, these mysterious bundles open out into spectacular patterns which look even more beautiful when you hold them up to the light. Brush up on this practice's rich history and culture, as you absorb your host's wealth of knowledge before you try making your own.

You can take both of your finished itajime shibori home with you after the experience - you will be using a high-quality organic cotton percale. They are great to wrap up presents in (a tradition known as 'furoshiki' in Japan), or you can hang them on your walls, upcycle your clothes, turn them into soft furnishings or a lampshade - they're guaranteed to brighten up any home.

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Facilities

  • Toilets

On the day

  • Please bring an apron or wear clothes you don't mind getting messy in

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.

About Oxidate Design

Oxidate Design is run by a textile artist with a strong interest in Japanese culture and sustainability. They work with both natural and synthetic dyes, in addition to running clothes repair workshops, inspired by traditional Japanese techniques.

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Your host

Rhyannan Hall

Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’ Rhyannan produces fine art textiles and leads workshops. She believes textiles are essential to the survival of humankind - they tell us who we are and where we're from.

Rhyannan's work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, Rhyannan has been practicing arashi since 2014. She's always experimenting with different materials, media and methods.

Rhyannan brings a fresh angle to this craft by adding a dash of Bristol: the art, the politics, the music. Her artwork 'Eraser' was displayed at Japan's Toyama Museum of Art and Design, as part of the prestigious KOGEI award - celebrating innovation in artisan crafts.

Since then, Rhyannan has been awarded a grant from the Daiwa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022.

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Price
£43 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs 30 mins
Age restriction
14+
Rebook or cancel up to 3 days before your experience.