Learn the basics of the Japanese Katazome printing with designer Ellen Martin, a designer specialising in printed and dyed textiles. Katazome is a centuries-old, Japanese resist-dyeing method used to create patterned textiles. This workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the technique, including examples of katazome fabrics and the intricate stencils used to make them. You will then produce your own katazome textile with the guidance of Ellen, who will demonstrate the steps involved. As the technique involves many stages normally carried out over several days, it isn’t possible to produce a finished piece in a half-day workshop. You will take your fabric home, with the instructions and materials required to finish it. Don’t worry – the last steps are the most straightforward and should you have any questions, Ellen will be available to contact.
Please prepare a design idea to use during the workshop.
About Ellen Martin
Ellen Martin is a designer specialising in printed and dyed textiles. In 2019, she spent four months studying in Kyoto, where she learned traditional Japanese textile techniques while gathering research and inspiration for her graduate collection. In spring this year, Ellen received funding to produce new work using katazome, which she continues to practise in her home studio.
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