author: Hannah Burgess
What aspect of shibori dyeing do you love the most?
How and where did you first find out about shibori?I first came across shibori when researching traditional Japanese natural dyeing techniques. I started reading about shibori techniques and doing a lot of itajime. Itajime is when you fold and clamp your fabric between two pieces of wood to get geometric patterns. These techniques were traditionally used with indigo, but you can use any colour to get the effect.
Can you tell us what your first project was like?I started exploring the different natural dyes you can get from plants that grow all around us. Using shibori to create resist patterns on textiles with colours from all sorts of plants, including oak, walnut, bracken, gorse, and bramble. We would read old dyeing books, and then go out walking, gather plants we had read about, and boil them up. The studio was filled with all sorts of beautiful smells!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
What would be your advice to anyone just starting to experiment with shibori methods of dyeing?
What’s next for you, any new projects you'd like to share?
You can find out more about all the wonderful workshops and walks that Flora leads at the Wild Dye Garden website.
All photos: Flora Arbuthnott
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