Posts Tagged ‘Shibori Workshop Beaufort NC’

Where are those Beaufort breezes?

July 26, 2011

over dyeing-Lea’s piece
Originally uploaded by SOFennell

I miss them. We’ve had August heat already, but it dropped pleasantly to the 80s for our Beaufort weekend. We kept the doors to the art center open so the breezes could waft through. Refreshing.

I should also add that the vats were well-received (I think!). It seemed our participants couldn’t get enough of the indigo and seemed to enjoy the over dyeing experience as well – many beautiful results.

Then we returned home and it shot to triple digits for 5 days – a bit much, so I didn’t seek out the vat. My work area was stifling by mid-morning, so I stayed in and stitched mostly.

One outing, though, was to see “30 Americans” at the NCMA with my son who was visiting from Alaska. To say it’s a strong exhibit is an understatement and I know I’ll want to see it again before it closes in September.

A few summer (夏・なつ・natsu) words or expressions:

夏座敷 ・なつざしき・natsuzashiki – room arranged for the summer (by removing screens and doors to improve air flow

薫風 ・くんぷう・kunpuu – summer breeze

夏蝉・なつぜみ・natsuzemi – summer cicada

暑中お見舞 ・しょちゅうおみまい・shochuu omimai – summer greeting card with an inquiry about one’s health in the season’s heat.

Indigo & Shibori in Beaufort, NC

July 6, 2011

Over dyed with Indigo

Indigo & Shibori at the Beaufort Art Center in Beaufort, NC

Just thought I’d add this link with the detailed information again. That time is getting close and as I understand it, there are still a few openings for attendees. If you are interested, you are very welcome. We have a grand time down in that very charming town located on the coast.

fyi:  in the last day, we’ve been discussing a one-day option for those who may prefer that.  So, if you are interested in a more modified format, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  The full weekend gives more time for greater exploration.  It’s also summer…a good time for slowing down and working with slow cloth!

a watched pot

May 20, 2011

Indigofera tinctoria sprout
Originally uploaded by SOFennell

The saying goes “A watched pot never boils” so does that mean a watched plant never grows? I’m just a wee bit impatient.

The temps have been cooler than usual and there hasn’t been much sun, but that’s due to change.

It also looks like a July indigo/shibori workshop at the Beaufort Art Center  (Beaufort, NC) is on the docket.  We’re thinking the weekend of the 23rd and 24th.  When we finalize the write up, I’ll be sure to post it.

Aizome Shibori returns to Carteret Co.

October 18, 2010


Indigo dyed silk scarves catch a breeze....


Japanese Indigo Dyeing Returns to Carteret County for a second Two-Day Shibori Workshop

Raleigh artists Susan Oliver Fennell and Janine LeBlanc will hold their second two-day indigo dyeing workshop at the Beaufort Art Center on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, November 14 from noon to 5 pm.

Indigo dyeing has been practiced all over the world for hundreds of years. Its characteristic blue color can range from a pale sky blue to nearly black and is still used to dye denim jeans.

This hands-on workshop will use a Japanese approach to resist dyeing, or shibori, to create distinctive patterns on fabric. Participants can either explore a variety of techniques such as itajime (clamp resist), arashi (pole wrapping), tying and stitching or build on their experience in the first workshop.

Participants can bring their own fabric for a specific project. Silk, cotton and rayon scarves and yardage will also be available for purchase. No previous dyeing or sewing experience is necessary.

Susan spent her formative years in Japan and brings a deep understanding of Japanese culture. She has taught both Japanese language and indigo dyeing in Wake County schools. Janine brings her experience from her work with Japanese textiles at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NCSU.

To register for the workshop, call 252-622-8416 and leave a message or e-mail The workshop is limited to 12 participants with a minimum of six. Please reserve your space by registering before November 7. Cost is $100 plus $10 materials fee.

For additional information about the workshop, contact Janine at 919-881-8330 or Photos of Susan’s indigo dyed cloth can be found at

Beaufort, NC Indigo Workshop

July 29, 2010

August is nearly here and it’s a month crammed with events and activity.  Beginning next week, I teach rising middle school students the art of indigo dyeing and shibori at Artspace (downtown Raleigh).  It will be a full week of dyeing, learning about itajime, binding, wrapping and a lot of nui (stitching).

Following that is a second week at Artspace working with rising 3rd – 5th graders doing a workshop titled Matsuri! 祭り!(festivals!).  We will be looking at crafts (textile) related to that theme as summer is one of the best times to explore that topic (can’t imagine why!).

After a week’s break in Tampa with family, I’ll be returning home to teach aizome shibori with Janine LeBlanc in Beaufort, NC.  I’ve posted more about that below:

Dates:  August 28th & 29th

Place:  Beaufort Art Center

Instructors:  Janine LeBlanc and Susan Fennell

For further details scroll down to p. 8 in the Arts Alive Newsletter for southeast NC.

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