|Discover the beauty of indigo! We will produce an array of designs on a large bandana by binding, folding, and clamping the fabric using Japanese shibori methods and synthetic indigo dye. Participants are also welcome to bring one small fabric item from home to dye. The item must be made of 100% natural fiber, pre-washed and dried. Please dress in clothes and shoes that can be stained permanently.
Indigo is a distinctive gorgeous blue extracted from the Indigo plant which among thousands of other uses, first gave Levi Strauss his famous 501 Blues. Shibori is the Japanese process one can use to bind, stitch, fold, twist or compress cloth for an unlimited number of ways to create beautiful patterns in fabric. What better than to combine them in one workshop? Come try this process for yourself and discover the beauty and endless possibilities these two timeless art forms can produce. Participants will create an array of original designs on a large bandana using Indigo for color and Shibori for pattern. Please dress in clothes that are not precious as they might get stained.
Materials: Please come in with $10 for a materials fee.
About the Instructor: In Spring 2018, Kate Eggleston exhibited her first major body of work, Stand Still, Dive Deep, at Artworks Trenton. She also exhibited a collaborative installation, AUTOMATON, with fellow artist Christy O’Connor at Artworks Trenton in 2016. She has participated in group exhibitions at NJ and NY galleries including La Bodega Gallery in Brooklyn, Gallery Aferro, Index Art Center, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, West End Arts Center at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Visual Stream Gallery Collective, and Speakeasy Gallery. Her fiber art has been featured in the November 2018 edition of Princeton Magazine. She attended artist residencies at _gaia studio (Wonder Women 9: Superfood) in 2015, Tyler School of Art at Temple University (Summer Sculpture Intensive: Rock Pickle Scissors) in 2012, and completed the Creative Capital Blended Learning Professional Development Program for New Jersey Artists in 2016. She was awarded 1st Place for Textiles (at Highland Park Arts in the Park) in 2017, and 3rd Place for her Indigo Sukkah installation (at Sukkahwood). Eggleston was a Student Mini Grant Recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Arts Common Good Grant from Drew University in 2014. She is an active member and volunteer with Artworks Trenton, Monmouth Arts Council, Hopewell Valley Arts Council, and the Monmouth County Park System. She received her BA in Visual Art and a K-12 New Jersey Art Teacher Certification from Ramapo College in 2005. Beyond her studio practice, Eggleston has over 13 years of experience teaching artists of all ages. She primarily teaches indigo dyeing and shibori workshops and youth fiber art classes at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Thompson Park Creative Center. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and their dog June.