The Sunday Paper #252
March 24, 2019
These colorful itajime papers caught my eye recently. They are created at Awagami Factory in Japan… ooh la la!
Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist technique. Traditionally done with fabric, but also in paper, the cloth (or paper) is sandwiched between two pieces of wood, which are held in place with string. More modern textile artists can be found using shapes cut from acrylic or plexiglass and holding the shapes with c-clamps. The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover, producing an effect similar to tie dying.
In the Studio:
I’ve been a visiting artist at Baylor University in Texas this week. Three classes (graphic design, fibers, and drawing) spent two days exploring 2D and 3D papermaking techniques. And they’re on their way to having a full-blown papermaking studio.