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the workshop – reflections

May 22, 2014

This last weekend, Janine LeBlanc and I presented the “Tradition on Tradition” textile workshop for the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. Since it was being presented during the exhibition time of REMNANTS Of THE FLOATING WORLD, it seemed appropriate to reference imagery found in that collection (both in prints and objects).




detail from wedding kimono

The write up for the class says, “participants will create patterning on cloth using a traditional form of Japanese textile craft, shiborizome, using stitch resist and indigo dyeing.” After it was over, I asked myself, did we accomplish that?



"Asa no Ha"  pattern

“Asa no Ha” pattern

I think we did. We looked at images from the collection in class and some had visited the exhibit before that time. So there was time to consider the imagery.


“nui” explorations


explorations in “nui”

However things went, I felt like the work accomplished was an authentic reflection of the spirit of that exhibit. I couldn’t ask for more in that regard. It was also a delightful experience, meeting and working with the high level of enthusiasm and engagement of our participants (and many thanks!).

the Class

almost the whole class

In the same “breath” I also need to mention next month’s workshop which is also listed on my Upcoming Workshops page. I hope (dear reader) you will take note and follow the appropriate links (and please join us for another dip in that “blew” stuff!).


October 17, 2013
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Samples, a set on Flickr.

And we will consider them. I think over a four week period we can do it.

We’re a week away now. Preparations will probably be in progress up until the last minute. It’s just how it is.

Focus will be on one technique (roughly) and related patterns each week. That should keep things fairly simple or at least distinct.

That’s the plan, the approach, but I really look forward to seeing the results of the participants. There’s always amazement there and stories.

So, in the meantime, I’m looking forward to clearing skies – even just a bit. The sun has appeared a few times this week, just enough to let things dry. That is a necessity when one is dyeing (things).

the Gregg is asking….

October 1, 2013

Adire stitch resist

“Have you seen the some of the indigo pieces in the current Gregg exhibition ‘Measure of Earth: Textiles and Territory in West Africa?’ Interested in hands on learning? Indigo Dye Magic is a workshop that Janine LeBlanc and Susan Oliver Fennell are co-teaching at Pullen Arts Center starting October 24. There is still room in the class to sign-up. Learn more here:”

That question was posed on the Gregg Museum’s facebook page where I found it first thing this morning.  So I thought to add my own “reply” or comment – it’s an opportunity to learn about the materials and the process.  It’s an opportunity to experience it, hands on.

The image, a detail of one of those richly patterned cloths now on exhibit, contains the kind of imagery we could easily reference in this upcoming class.  The resist technique used in this piece is universal throughout the many cultures that have used (and still used) in their textile pattern making.

  Janine and I would be delighted to have you join us as we consider our explorations in indigo dyeing and shibori.

Upcoming Fall classes

June 24, 2013


It may be a bit early for this announcement, but then again, folks are planning ahead for autumn, so perhaps it is time for considering something like this.

Once again, Janine LeBlanc and I are teaming up for a series of classes in the fall.  They will be held at Pullen Arts Center  While classes are not available for sign up yet, they will be beginning July 30.

For consideration, at this point, are these dates:

Thursdays, October 24 – November 14

Time:  6 – 8:30 pm

That makes a total of 10 class hours to explore various aspects of shibori and indigo dyeing.  This also gives opportunity for students to practice their new skills in their personal studios and then return to the workshop  for more challenges (we hope!).

As I know more I’ll continue to update on my blog and also will put this same information on my “Workshops” page.  So, dear reader, if you have any questions regarding the class, please don’t hesitate to ask.

summer inspiration

June 11, 2012

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I hope the image will provide a little spark. The season for workshops is here. Indigo seems to love the summer heat and humidity and July is a perfect time for learning about it (and of course, shibori!).

My youth class at Artspace is fast filling up, but there’s still room in the weekend workshop for adults later in the month. It isn’t too late to sign up.  All information & links are on my “Upcoming Workshops” page.

There’s also the workshop at the Florence Thomas Art School in Glendale Springs, NC. Both Janine LeBlanc (Gregg Museum) and I will be teaching the characteristics of the indigo vat and aspects of shibori there.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


April 3, 2012

A video about IMPRINT has become available and interviews with Susan Brabeau and Ron Flory are the first people you’ll see. After watching them, I’m even more intrigued with this exhibit and can’t wait to see it.

Lastly, Janine LeBlanc, curator of “Here and Now – There and Then,” is interviewed about the handmade textile books exhibiting in the glass case.


Fabric books & other pieces

February 20, 2010

Prickly pear - Fabric book by Janine LeBlanc

I had no idea you were working on a website, Janine.  Great job!  Love the visuals, especially your fabric books!

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing how some of Janine LeBlanc’s elegant pieces  evolve.  There are hidden stories in the imagery that she sometimes prints or dyes on silk, then adds the threads by hand or machine – quilting or embroidery.   Sometimes text is included, sometimes another clue is there to lead the viewer in.  I find that between the stitches and folds there’s not only mystery but a fine wit.

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