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Workshops

Shibori For Texture

Shibori For Pattern

Workshops For Small Groups

Research/Study Days

Workshops For Schools

 


Shibori For Texture

1 day workshop
Throughout the day students will have the opportunity to produce
a series of experimental samples exploring a variety of ways to
heat-set and manipulate fabric. This will be achieved through the
use of shibori wrapping and stitching - encompassing both
traditional and modern techniques.
Students will have the opportunity to colour some of their samples
with silk paints as well as oil paint sticks, highlighting the relief
patterns created by the fabric manipulation. Stitching and binding
methods will be demonstrated throughout the day.

Basic materials and equipment are supplied but students
are also required to provide:-

• Sewing needles • small embroidery scissors
• strong white or cream cotton and polyester thread
• rubber gloves • apron/overall • newspaper • small paintbrushes
• any small metal/glass/wooden objects which students might like
to experiment wrapping into fabric • a variety of natural and
synthetic fibre fabrics for wrapping and heat setting
(white or cream silk in varying weights will produce excellent
painted results; polyester fabrics can be permanently heat set;
students may also wish to bring velvets, denim and muslin).

2 or 3 day workshop
As for the one day workshop, but leading into personal
development through work on an individual theme or project such
as a wrap, wall hanging, or cushion cover. Further opportunity
for testing wrapping and colouring results with different fabrics
and objects will also be given. Students may bring images to
inspire them, or choose colours and textures on the day.

Basic materials and equipment are supplied but students
are also required to provide materials and equipment as
listed for the one day workshop with the addition of :-

• Several larger pieces of silk or polyester fabric from which your
cushion cover or wrap are to be produced - allow for shrinkage.
• Sewing machine* with necessary feet (i.e. Hemmer Foot* for
edging material for wraps/scarves, Dual Feed Foot/Walking Foot*
or Teflon Foot* for sewing 3D shibori fabric to cushion back)
as well as any basic feet you may require to use.
Suitable machine sewing thread.
*The sewing machine and feet are not essential as these stages
can be completed by hand.

The following details apply to the above workshops:-
Silk paints and oil paint sticks in addition to some fabric samples
will be supplied at a cost of £ 3.00 per student/per day.
A large variety of objects for wrapping may be borrowed during
the workshop. Habotai silk, polyester fabrics, and a variety of
small objects for wrapping will be available to buy throughout
the workshop.

The above workshops may be booked in conjunction with Shibori for Pattern, and/or Michelle's lectures.
For workshop fees and travel expenses please contact Michelle Griffiths ml.griffiths@virgin.net


Shibori for Pattern

Course Description
This series of workshops will allow students to experiment with
shibori techniques in conjunction with indigo. Students will have
the opportunity to learn to prepare and use an indigo dye vat.
They will then be encouraged to experiment with a variety of
traditional and contemporary resist methods including stitch
resist, binding, capping, wrapping, and clamping. They will
have the opportunity to work with a wide range of natural and
synthetic threads and fabrics.

Students taking part in longer workshops will have the opportunity
to develop larger and/or individual projects. Students will be
encouraged to explore and develop their ideas and to respond to
the resulting patterns which they have already created.

All techniques will be demonstrated in full and will be accompanied
with colour notes.

Access to Michelle's extensive shibori textile collection and library
is made available to the students throughout the course.

Basic materials and equipment are supplied but students
should also provide:-

• Old work clothes and shoes • Plastic apron
• Gloves – long ones if possible (several pairs)
• Hand stitching kit to include small curved scissors and a variety
of needles in different sizes.
• Newspaper • Old tights • Buckets (2) • Cat litter trays (at least 2)
• Short cylinder or length of drainpipe*
• Plastic or wooden clamps*• Plastic bags for carrying wet fabrics
home – zip lock bags are preferable.
• A variety of natural and synthetic fabrics - Some fabric to be
pre-scoured ready for dyeing and some to be left in the condition
in which it was bought. Instructions on pre-scouring fabric can be
provided upon request.• A variety of natural and synthetic thread
• Sewing machine (optional)
NB Students should ensure that all equipment is marked with their own names.

Please note:-
A kit fee of £3.00/day is charged directly to each student. This includes some fabric samples and thread, plus the use of indigo vat in addition to the use of other consumables.

Items marked * are provided by the tutor. However, students may wish to provide their own in order to allow them access to this equipment at all times.
A wide variety of fabrics and threads will be available for purchase throughout the workshop.


Indigo workshops last between 2 - 5 days and may be booked in conjunction with Shibori for Texture courses, and/or Michelle's lectures.
For workshop fees and travel expenses please contact Michelle Griffiths ml.griffiths@virgin.net


Workshops for small groups

Michelle now offers the "Shibori For Texture" workshop for individuals
or for small groups of between 3 & 5 people. These workshops are
held at her studio/gallery in Model House Craft & Design Centre,
Llantrisant where access to Michelle's extensive shibori textile
collection and reference library is made available to the students
throughout the course.

Please contact Michelle directly for further information.

10.00 am - 4.30 pm by prior arrangement only


Research/Study Days

Research/study days are held at Michelle's studio/gallery in
Model House Craft & Design Centre. Access to Michelle's
extensive shibori textile collection and reference library is
made available throughout the day. Photographs of the
shibori collection may be made for personal research uses only.

Michelle will be in attendance at the studio where she may be
observed working with shibori techniques. She will also be on
hand to answer any general queries. Where specific tuition is
required arrangements should be made to attend one of the
specified workshops.

Research/study days cost £15.00 per session

Please contact Michelle directly for further information

10.00am - 4.30pm by prior arrangement only


Workshops For Schools

The World Shibori Network multi-cultural children's shibori
T-shirt project currently run by Michelle Griffiths (UK) and
Hiroshi Murase (Japan) is being extended in order that
individual schools, colleges, youth groups, and families
may take part. It is anticipated that work produced by
these groups will be exhibited as mass installation in 2008.
To date we have had enquiries from many groups not only
throughout the UK & Ireland, but also as far-afield as India,
Thailand, Uganda, America, and Germany.

To register your interest in this project please contact
Michelle Griffiths directly ml.griffiths@virgin.net