Workshop & Events Calendar for 2017

Painting on Silk – Workshop
September 22 – 24 , 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston
The Guild House, Commerce Street Studios
Houston, Texas

DSCN9988The Silk Painting Workshop will provide a weekend for exploring silk painting techniques. The studio will be setup with French silk dyes, wax, gutta resists, thickeners, anti-fusant and other materials for use by students. We will cover multiple techniques – using salt and vodka to create patterns and shadings and using wax, fabric sizing and gutta to create resists. Additional techniques, including wet-on-wet, line building and blending and shading of dyes will be demonstrated. Methods for preparing and stretching silk for painting and the steam-setting process for fixing the dyes will be demonstrated. Students will create multiple pieces using the various techniques. Most materials will be provided; a supply list will be provided on enrollment. Prior silk painting experience is not required; the workshop is appropriate for all levels.

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Katazome Workshop with Akemi Nakano Cohnportratecopy
October 6 – 9, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday)
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Guild House, Commerce Street Studios
Houston, Texas

The Workshop:

Many popular images are portrayed through Katazome, a traditional Japanese technique – applying rice paste resist to fabric through hand-cut mulberry paper stencils (katagami). In this workshop, students will learn the basic Katazome technique.

The workshop will focus on the design and cutting of stencils through several exercises. We will cook rice paste with traditional recipes, make an indigo dye pot, and then dip our rice pasted fabrics into the indigo dye pot, creating beautiful and various shades of blue. Tsutsugaki, free-hand drawing with rice paste using a special pastry cone made from mulberry paper with Kakishibu glue will add individual design to works.

Last October, my mother, Myrna, and I took Akemi’s workshop in Vancouver at the Maiwa Textile School. She’s a wonderful teacher with a lovely sense of humor, and she shared many new ideas related to Katazome to our group. There are many aspects of this work which can be used in other forms of surface design, and I encourage you to register for the workshop. Registration is limited to 12 students, so sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Fees: The price for the workshop is $400, plus $75 for supplies – Total $475.

Registration for this workshop will be closed August 31, 2017.

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The Artist:
studied Katazome-—a traditional rice paste resist printing technique—for ten years under Master Haru Izumi in Japan. She has an MFA in Fiber Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught and exhibited internationally and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the SEEDS Arts and Education Program, Anderson Ranch and the Ragdale Foundation.

Always thoughtful and contemplative, Akemi has said, “When using katagami cut-out stencil paper, I remark on the empty shape left behind after cutting. This ‘negative space’ indicates the trace of its existence. Negative space is evidence of a memory. My work is an attempt to understand memory through this process and inner observation. I am interested in observing a condition of adaptation and memory among plants, animals, and humans in their environment.”

Akemi has pursued an extensive series of international exhibitions and commissions. She is a master of the Nassen technique, which adds a dye to rice paste to create both colour and resist simultaneously.