What you'll do
All classes: Customers should wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Manual dexterity is required for all classes. One day workshops: Customers will meet me at the address of my studio. I work out of an artists collective, so I will introduce you to the space and tell you about what we do here. We will then get set up and acquainted with the tools. I will give handouts that explain some basic types of traditional patterns. I will then give a brief presentation about the history of natural dyes throughout history (approximately 20 mins) I will have a selection of natural dyes for us to experiment with, and I will explain the colour yield of each one. We will then get to work making your own unique designs. You will get to experiment with different tying, folding and clamping techniques to make your own shibori silk scarf.
Hi, I’m Josephine! I am a botanical textile artist, and small business owner. After finishing university with a Bachelors of Design, I moved to Cape Breton to accept an artists residency at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. I make one of a kind textiles that I sell at stores around the maritimes. I also teach at various community organizations, and art festivals such as the Nova Scotia Fibre arts festival. Through Airbnb I can offer you a unique experience that public events cannot match. Come and learn in my private studio. I can show you the intricacies of creating colours from plants. It is a slow but fascinating ancient art that has modern relevance.
I provide silk scarves for us to dye. I also provide the plants to dye with. I provide the things we need to make patterns…
Where you'll be
I work out of a shared studio in a heritage building. The Customs House Artisan Incubator is a project that offers space to emerging artists that aim to run small businesses centred around their craft. The space is one of the oldest brick buildings in the town, built in the early 1900s as a US Customs House, hence its namesake. The building sat vacant for a long time, until local governments and non-profits sought to revitalize their economy.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests must be able to do tasks involving fine motor skills like sewing and tying.
Learn plant-based shibori dyeing
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