Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Class Detail


Location: Scaife Building

Room: Sculpture A

Jun 25-26, 2011

Meets 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
on Sun Sat

Tuition: $145.00
Member Tuition: $120.00
Level: All

Status: This class is completed
Practice Japanese shibori fabric dyeing using both contemporary and ancient methods in this 2-day workshop. Students will focus on Nui shibori (sewn shibori) and Itajime shibori (folded and compressed shibori) and learn some of the cultural history behind the art form. In this class you will dye cloth that can be used in decorative or functional projects, plus dye your own short "bubble" scarf. Students will have the option of bringing one item from home to dye in class. A materials fee of $35 is payable to the instructor at first class. Please bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 18, 2011

Instructor -- Amber Coppings
(MAT, Carlow University) has been creating and using textiles in art, craft, and fashion since her first exploration of crocheting at eight years old. Amber has taught in over 60 residency programs and community organizations. In 2005 she traveled to Japan to study Japanese Shibori from master artisans at the International Shibori Symposium. She has exhibited fiber art instillations regionally and sells her work at shops around the world. Amber has two fashion lines, Xmittens and amtextiles. Her work can be viewed at www.ambercoppings.com

Required supplies for this class:
  • One (or more) 3-, or 5 -gallon buckets*
  • Stirring implement (large spoon, dowel rod)
  • dust mask (if you have one. I will have an extra, or two)
  • 5+ plastic bags (zip-loc or grocery)
  • 1-3 pre-washed (NO fabric softeners) wardrobe items*
  • MUST be 80-100% natural fiber (cotton, rayon, silk)
  • *If you bring jeans, a sweatshirt, or some other thick fabric item, please make sure to bring an extra bucket since your item may need to be dyed all by itself
  • Dyes, chemicals, preparation materials, recipes and fabrics are provided by the teacher. Materials fee of $35 due at first class.

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