Shibori Home Decor Process

I rarely post photos of my process, primarily because I forget to take pictures while I’m “in the zone.”  Today is an exception as I actually took a few photos of one of my current projects.   I have been commissioned to create some shibori-ed home decor pieces for an upscale interior design firm in Redondo Beach, CA. So here’s what’s happening in my studio this week!


Double arashi-ed piece ready for its second dye immersion.
Double arashi-ed piece ready for its second dye immersion.
double arashi-ed piece, ready for the second dye bath
Koi-themed resist piece.  This is the raw fabric with my image, showing the (slightly) colored resist, pre-indigo dyed.  I made traditional rice paste resist, then thinned it and put in a drop of light blue watercolor so that I could see my image. Hoping that the watercolor does not deposit into the fiber! The completed piece will be shown soon. ©Brett Barker


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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, 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 Her surface and textile designs can be found at

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