New Studio Resource

The lonely artist working in isolation may exist in novels but I find it’s hard to stay isolated. As I join more quilting groups I get more exposure to great resources. My latest discovery is the Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, Ohio.

It’s an offshoot of the Textile Arts Alliance (TAA) of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and is meant to be both a neighborhood resource and a studio for fiber artists. The old storefront is jammed with looms, lots of worktables, deep sinks, a washer and dryer, lockers, and more I didn’t explore. It also serves as a gallery.

Praxis spaceMy art quilt group thought we were going to tour the facility and check out the TAA exhibit, which we did. Then Jessica, the executive director, gave us a lesson in indigo dyed shibori.

Lots of pleating and tieing later, we dipped our bundles into the indigo pot.

Dipping into indigo potHere are our results.

I suspect the color differences may be due to different fabrics.  Indigo dyeing is just one of the classes on offer at Praxis.

Here’s a piece Jessica dyed that combines rusting and indigo.

Jessica's silk organza clamped shibori

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9 responses to “New Studio Resource

  1. Pam

    Every time I see a loom my heart speeds up! Lovely dyeing time too!

  2. Wonderful post. There is just something about wooden looms and fiber! Gorgeous fabrics. I saw an exhibition of Itchiku Kubota’s work in our local art museum all the kimono that are in the Kimono as Art book. It was life altering! I agree with you SQ; for me, the time involve, in some types of shibori, seems overwhelming!

    • That exhibit was amazing beyond words! Never have I seen such artistry in cloth. And the looms – well, I had to pet them. I did have a floor loom once, but found that weaving and I weren’t simpatico. If I ever return to weaving it will be to do tapestry.

  3. I follow another blogger who does a lot of shibori–it’s fascinating to see the effects that can be achieved!

    • One problem with shibori (for me) is that some of the effects can be time consuming to achieve. Lots of stitching and gathering are involved. Check out the work of Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003.) The book “Kimono As Art” highlights his breathtaking and painstaking work.

  4. I want to know what Shaila did to get such a different pattern than the other pieces. Very interesting!

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