SHIBORI / HANGINGS

I like the idea of hangings being free to move and the fact that they can be wall hung, framed or hung within a space. The idea of having separate components lends even more movement and if they are created to hang in front of each other in layers, a feeling of distance can be felt. Having different weights of fabric also influence how the hanging can move, from being able to waft and gently swing to hanging solidly. Here, too, is where I am free to explore the idea of seeing what is behind and the use of transparent or translucent fabrics. My recent hangings are each hung from a metal tubular system that was made by a local blacksmith – thus the problem of having to arrange the hangings every time they are exhibited is eliminated.

Shibori is a Japanese word for describing a centuries old technique of shaping cloth and tying or binding it to create a resist pattern once the fabric has been dyed. A three dimensional form is created by folding, pleating, twisting, stitching, crumpling or twisting the fabric. Besides creating a myriad of lines, textures and patterns, a two dimensional form can be manipulated to become an exciting new form. Very little equipment is needed – one can start off with everyday found objects, strong twine and patience. I am fascinated by, on the one hand, the occasional unpredictability of results and on the other, the detail of pattern and design that can be achieved.

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There are a number of interesting articles, exhibitions and courses currently available that you may find inspiring.

Dyeing Now: Contemporary Makers celebrate Ethel Mairet’s Legacy

For more info: www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

Studio 11 in Eastbourne

Interesting textile courses and regular drawing/painting classes www.studio11eb.co.uk

1 year of stitches 2017

A year of daily stitch-making to be recorded weekly on Facebook or Instagram