Itajime Madness

Itajime is my favorite kind of shibori.  I’m drawn to abstraction and squares for some reason (see one of my large acrylic paintings below), so I end up doing more and more itajime as time goes on.  I’m also entering the shogun era in my year-long historical shibori investigation and many of the warriors wore itajime-dyed robes under their armor (see Wada et. al., Shibori for more info).

Here’s my latest throw pillow, designed for a prominent interior designer’s firm, The Design Bakery, here in the L.A. area.

itajime pillow june




summer buddha jpg

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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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