Katazome (rice paste resist stencil dyeing) is one of several traditional, Japanese textile techniques and is a basic kimono dyeing process. Derived from the Japanese word kata, meaning stencil, and some, meaning dye, katazome has been practiced in the regions of Kyoto, Kaga, Tokyo, and Okinawa for a long time. It has been used for noren (door way curtains) and furoshiki (wrapping cloth), as well as for fine arts such as large-scale paintings.
During this two-day Japanese textile workshop, artist and university professor Seiko Purdue will lead you in a hands-on exploration of the art of katazome, resulting in the creation of your very own furoshiki design. Furoshiki is traditionally a square silk cloth to wrap gifts. It is very useful as well as eco-friendly to wrap everyday objects such as wine bottles and lunch boxes as an alternative to paper.
On the first day, you will develop a repeating stencil design and learn the entire process of katazome, including paste-making and application. On the second day, we will dye the fabric with indigo, rinse the paste off, and explore wrapping different objects. In addition to these hands-on demonstrations, historical information and some visual examples will be introduced.
Seiko Atsuta Purdue is Professor in the Fibers/Fabrics area in the Department of Art at Western Washington University. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kyoto Seika University in 1992, she came to the United States where she received an MA at Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited textile installations widely and has given workshops on Japanese textiles (shibori, katazome, and papermaking) for many years.
Cost: $60 Museum Members; $75 Non-Members
Dates: Saturday, June 15, 10am – 3pm and Sunday, June 16, 1pm – 4pm (indigo dyeing)
Materials: All materials included. Instructor will have additional materials available for a small fee, if you wish to make a second piece!
Limited to 12 students. No refunds.
Register at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4217621