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Cary Shibori display

April 6, 2010

Cary Shibori display

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

The photo was sent recently by the art instructor. The exhibit actually took place in February. We had little time to select the items for show and now that it has been several months, it’s good to see again, in a different context (not on the clothesline) how they look.

I like the arrangement – the way the handkerchiefs are hung between the scarves. I don’t know how I would have done it, and I like this. I also think the students learned their lessons well (understatement – we had a good time!).


October workshop

October 23, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Stunning is one of many words I might use to describe the environment I’ve been in the last couple of days. There are many others and I don’t know which one describes it best. Needless to say, it was, culturally, a different environment from ones I’ve encountered before. It was delicious to say the least.

Classes in this particular situation, at this time, were small and that makes a difference in any teaching situation. As a result, I was much more at ease and informal in my approach.

I was there to introduce them to indigo dyeing, shibori and as an extra added “bonus, ” silk. If I could have toted silkworms, I would have, but I did bring along images, silk cocoons and a few hankies.

It seemed the students were very receptive to these short workshops and enjoyed the results from their brief exercises. We began with silk handkerchiefs as a warm up to the process, then moved on to the challenge of working with a larger scarf. In some cases, they were very “gymnastic” with their approach, but the results were bold and exciting (which is probably why I like working with students).

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