Last POST!

Thank you all for following my year-long “Julie and Julia” project to create shibori using natural dyes created using my kitchen compost.  My EOY trip to Japan was an amazing, breathtaking experience- I was able to work with two masters: one, a heritage kimono maker and the other a master shibori artist.  What a privilege.

I am currently, and still, working as a freelance textile/surface designer and of course, shibori has found its way into my work, my apparel, and my home.

Shibori has also entered into my art instruction.  I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member, teaching textile design and shibori, at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. The photo above shows some of the student work from the shibori class.

If you are interested in the pieces created in Japan, or in any of my other designs, please see my website,


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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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