Cafe Latte III

I love the freedom, the spontaneity, and the wabi sabi of shibori dyeing, but sometimes I wish I was a bit more organized.  I coffee-dyed this bamboo scarf and I LOVE the itajime impressions that came through.  The problem?  I have NO IDEA how I did this!  I think I know what I used as resists, but I have used the same wood circular blocks in the past and not gotten this kind of result at all.  I must have done something different.  Oh well,  I guess I’ll just “appreciate the fleeting nature of shibori.”  Or ‘live in the present moment.”  Or “be one with the ephemeral nature of art.”  Or something like that.

coffee-dyed itajime bamboo scarf
coffee-dyed itajime bamboo scarf

 

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Brett Barker

Brett Barker is a painter, textile artist, art/design instructor, and writer whose career spans more than 25 years. Originally from New Mexico, she now resides in Redondo Beach, California. She has taught fine art, artistic design, and textile design to numerous individuals, art guilds, and organizations throughout the U.S. She has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the University of Nebraska. Her artwork sells throughout the U.S. and is available on her website, www.artistbrettbarker.com. She is currently undertaking a year-long investigation of Japanese shibori dyeing that will culminate in a trip to Japan to study under a master shibori artist in September of 2016. Her shibori blog can be found at www.peaceloveshibori.com. Her surface and textile designs can be found at www.brettbarkerdesign.com.

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