Lisa Wilde @lisawildeworks has been practicing the art of shibori for the past 8 years. She has created countless unique textiles and crafts using the ancient Japanese art form. She is also a Waldorf hand craft teacher and continues to share her lessons with natural dyes to
children and adults within her community.
"Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, "to wring, squeeze, press."
The tradition of shibori dates back thousands of years to
pre-Columbian Peru alpaca and Chinese silk found in 4th century tombs.
Lisa explained several different techniques including kuma (spider design) arashi (storm)
& mokume (wood grain) ~ each one as unique and one of a kind as the next! We practiced
both suji or hand binding to create vertically striped patterns and nui which uses a
running stitch to gather the cloth. We dyed in both Osage orange and Indigo blue which is
the traditional color of shibori. There are endless ways to create a wide variety of
designs by repeating the simple process of pleat, bind and dye.
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"I find joy in creating with natural materials and working with plants, bringing a bit of nature into the home through textiles."
"I find the alchemy of cooking color into cloth with plants so magical and I hope you leave here feeling inspired to start your own dye journey!"