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technique – process

September 29, 2013

events 631through the window – softly

although I would have loved to take more pictures of Bryan’s work

and I know you would love to see it

the work, the designs, the idea are his

he was just too busy to ask permission

I know it is common practice to help yourself to anything in the public domain

old-fashioned, maybe, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that

this work did not start with a quick trip to the local fabric shop

with very fine yarns, the fabric is first knitted (see Bryan’s blog)

or in some pieces old fabrics are re-cycled

patterns are designed and stencils cut from handmade paper treated with persimmon tannin

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rice paste resist is handmade, applied and dried

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 many of the fabrics also include shibori

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the dyes are two of the most labour intensive natural dye techniques

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kakishibu, applied over several days and baked in the sun

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only after all of this is it necessary to decide what to make with such precious fabric

and then put it together

an understanding of the process aids in a greater appreciation of the art

12 Comments leave one →
  1. lagriccia permalink
    October 5, 2013 11:35 pm

    Lovely, this takes me back to Japan, Bryan and the Indigo Sisters…


  2. September 30, 2013 9:54 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog in Bryan’s website. I am interested attending his workshop–hopefully next year. Would you be so kind to share some of your experiences with me, about your time in Japan and perhaps any tips?

    Thank you again
    Melinda Tai


    • September 30, 2013 10:20 pm

      hi Melinda – I blogged extensively about my experience at the Japanese Textile Workshop in April 2012. the blogs would start in May 2012 as I stayed in Japan after the workshop. not sure what tips you want?? it would depend on your travel experience, what you hope to learn/achieve etc. if you want more detail you can email me privately at I’m sure Bryan would answer any questions you have, he is in Vancouver now with 3 workshops booked at Maiwa Handprints and plans to be in Canada for a couple more weeks. I’m not sure when he’ll return to Japan.


  3. September 29, 2013 11:44 pm

    The work and process look amazing. How long is the exhibition on for? Is it in Vancouver?


    • September 30, 2013 8:25 am

      Deb – the exhibition is on until Oct 8th at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Is.
      Neki – it is exciting to see work that is really different, a blending of many techniques


  4. permalink
    September 29, 2013 8:48 pm

    Hi, you mention in an older blog entry that you obtained powdered kakishibu from Osaka. Would you still have the address that you could send me? I do not think there is anyway I could get the liquid into Australia. And I would love to try it Marie


    • September 30, 2013 8:29 am

      Marie – we ordered from but they have changed the site since then. I can get it from Chris Conrad in the US but the price was double and it is now available from the Paper Place in Toronto although I haven’t had any from them.


  5. Judi Bushby permalink
    September 29, 2013 6:13 pm

    What pleasure. To see Bryan’s work again and say hello. The photos of the process and first Hand experience of them do make it easier to respect the work. Thanks for sharing .


  6. September 29, 2013 2:08 pm

    It is not old fashioned at all to resist making capital from someone else’s work. Good for you. I am grateful though for the glimpse of Bryan’s exhibition and hope it is all going well for him. Those of us who have been lucky enough to spend time with him at Fujina, know exactly how this work is achieved. Thank you.


    • September 29, 2013 3:28 pm

      Carole – this work was unique, intriguing and very different from anything I’ve ever seen. wish I was closer so I could go back many more times.


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