We all love beautiful things in our lives and we want to keep the world beautiful too. Plastic bags and wrapping paper –two environmentally costly burdens our planet is struggling with: The furoshiki is a beautiful solution to some of this waste and pollution.
When my husband announced a few days ago that he was going to look for some prints to put up on the rather bare walls of our family tv room, all I could think to say was 'Wait!' and so yesterday I was locked away in my studio dyeing large pieces of silk for alternative posters to tempt him with.
How wonderful it was to get that Thrill again when creating something new. Fabric rolled up, tied and dyed, then it gets amazing. Unwrapping the fabric, it is much darker than the final result as it's all wet, very exciting.
Its a good time for exhibitions with some Shibori content. The Yamamoto currently at the V&A has a few dresses with some lovely Shibori details on them and some more on one of the videos at the edge of the room. The Craft Council's Collect has just been and at the Lesley Craze Gallery on Clerkenwell Green untill 14th May is an exhibition of work by Michelle Griffiths. Michelle is a Welsh Shibori Artist, she 'creates decorative textile works utilising the various actions found within the ancient Japanese dyeing technique of Shibori.'
For my first ever blog post I thought it would be perfect to write about shibori. Shibori is a type of printing but unlike screen, block or digital printing every design is unique and has elements of unpredictability and surprise -unwrapping the fabric after taking it out of the dye pot is so exciting, of course you know the direction you are heading in but not exactly where you will land or what the weather will be! No two pieces are exactly identical.