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has caught the interest of fiber artists around the world. This course
gives an overview of traditional techniques and allows you to consider
its applications in your own creative work. For those new to the Japanese
techniques, a number of traditional wax and dye application techniques
are introduced including brushing, rolling, sprinkling, stamping and stenciling
wax using traditional as well as new tools and materials. In addition,
the course introduces Japanese dyeing techniques such as bokashi, the
controlled dye shading that produces such luminous results on silk. This
class is ideal for silk painters, fiber artists interested in resist techniques
and those fascinated with Japanese textile techniques. Demonstrations
of all processes, historical background, slides and video of contemporary
work being produced in Japan and abroad is included.
Three and five day courses
workshop for advanced beginners and intermediate level students reviews
a number of traditional wax and dye application techniques unique to Japan;
brushing, rolling, sprinkling, stamping and stenciling and continues on
to more advanced level work focusing on the exquisite sekidashi barrier
resist and refined han-bosen half resist techniques. The course expands
on knowledge of Japanese dyeing process of bokashi the controlled dye
shading that produces such luminous results on silk to include detailed
background dyeing information for large-scale projects. All techniques
are demonstrated and slides and videos are included of contemporary work.
Open to serious beginners with textile dyeing experience as well as batik
Five day course
level classes are extremely beneficial to many advanced students. Working
along side other professionals, this small, focused class is individually
planned and often includes review of techniques, assessment of personal
strengths and weaknesses, and one-on-one instruction in addition to
individual and group critiques. Technique building, trouble-shooting,
career direction are all part of this in-depth workshop held yearly,
for master level students/ fiber professionals
Five to seven day course
R.I.S. is a one year independent study for upper level students. Permission
of the instructor is required with a written proposal submitted by the
student. This study is primarily distance learning and includes personal
assessment, regular critiques, design assistance, with an optional three-day
studio segment working with Betsy in her New Hampshire studio.
Design for Fiber Artists
Japanese Design. What is it? Looking at outstanding work of the past and
present the course analyzes the special characteristics that make it Japanese
style. Beginning with Yamato and Zen aesthetics, we explore how these
aesthetics are applied to numerous art forms and specifically to historical
and contemporary kimono, the classic 'canvas' of Japan. The class looks
at notan, dark/light design concepts, Japanese symbols and crests. Through
slides and samples , it continues on to the development of kimono as it
echoed the county’s historical changes. The class considers contemporary
fiber art and finds what is 'Japanese' about these new designers as well.
This course is designed to extend your knowledge, build skills and challenge
your (western) view of design and composition with hands-on mini projects.
Through this process we discuss how this fits into your own personal work.
It will allow you to create your own original patterns and layout plans
to be used for reference material for the future. Class work will be ‘dry’
(i.e. no dyeing) and uses paper designs and fabric collage. Stimulating
slides, visual materials and samples will be included.
Three to four day course