Even the most experienced artists are sometimes looking for something new. The Naples Art Association understands. Tucked among the acrylic painting and ceramics classes, students can opt for a Tuesday afternoon class in shibori, taught by Jean Marie Baldwin.
Shi – what?
Shibori, from the Japanese word meaning “to squeeze or wring,” may be an unfamiliar term, but it is an ancient fiber art tradition the world around. Its roots go back to the 6th century in Japan, according to research by the Textile Arts Center, based in Brooklyn, New York. The World Shibori Network, founded in 1992 in Nagoya, Japan, has dedicated its efforts to the preservation of this technique and similar ancient traditions.Their website explains that there are several methods and materials used in shibori technique, and traditions for achieving their results can vary widely around the world. Master Artist Katano Motohiko says of traditional Japanese techniques:
The Japanese shibori dyer works in concert with the material, not in effort to overcome its limitations. An element of the unexpected is always present. All the variables attendant upon shaping the cloth serve to remove some human control from the shibori process.
An analogy is that of a potter firing a wood-burning kiln. All the technical conditions have been met, but what happens in the kiln may be a miracle or a disaster. Chance and accident also give life to the shibori process, and this contributes to its special magic and strongest appeal.
Sign up today, and discover the magic!
The deadline for signing up for Naples Art Association courses during session one, including shibori, is Wednesday, Oct. 17. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to refresh your creative spirit with a new experience. Shibori is offered on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. beginning Oct. 23. running through Nov. 13. An additional supply fee includes two scarves, plus dyes and all other materials and equipment necessary. Additional scarves and shawls are available from instructor at an additional charge. No previous experience necessary. Join this new course and explore various resist-dye techniques such as folding, wrapping, pleating and clamping to create beautiful one of kind repeat patterns. In this course, each student will complete at least two one-of-a-kind silk scarves.
Cost: Members $130, Non-Members $180 Supply fee: $20 payable to instructor at first class.
Session one begins on Oct. 22, and there are many courses to choose from. Take time to create!
The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1954 by local artists. Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. The von Liebig Art Center is located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517.