Katazome and Indigo • March 30 & 31
Adult, Classes, Education
Saturday-Sunday, March 30 & 31, 10 am-12 pm
Learn the basics of katazome, a traditional Japanese surface design technique using stencils. Students will apply a quick-drying paste through handmade stencils onto fabric, and then dye the cloth in a pre-reduced indigo vat. This unassuming paste-resist method leads to beautiful results. Leave with samples of cloth pasted and dyed, and the knowledge to make and experiment with this non-toxic Japanese paste in your own studio. By the end of class, students will gain an understanding of katazome as a resist technique, learn to set up a pasting station and apply paste using a hera (spreader), how to use stencils that are not traditionally made, and to recognize both repeating and non-repeating designs. Everyone will make 3-4 samples of katazome work, dye prepared cloth in a vat, and learn proper washout techniques. Materials fee $30, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items to bring to class**
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Karin Knudsen is a textile artist, specializing in katazome. For her, part of the appeal of katazome is the many steps in the process that allow for creative decision making and opportunities for hands-on methodical making. She designs and cuts all her own stencils using Japanese stencil paper, makes paste from scratch using traditional ingredients, and works out of her tiny apartment in Minneapolis. Knudsen’s approach emphasizes non-traditional pasting and dyeing techniques and the use of layered stencils to explore realistic and abstract images. In 2013, she spent six hot and humid weeks in Fujino, Japan living with an indigo dyer.
$72.00 – $80.00