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vermont surface design

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Examples of Akemi Cohn's work and techniques to be taught in the workshop [click image to advance]

VERMONT SURFACE DESIGN - CLASS ARCHIVE

Akemi Cohn: Katazome with Natural Dyes

Fabric design with Japanese Rice Paste Resist

The most spellbinding Kimonos derive their beauty by employing intricate imagery from the natural world.  Many of these popular images are created by katazome, a traditional Japanese rice paste resist technique that is applied to fabric through stencils.  In this workshop students will develop design ideas by observing objects in nature, such as leaves, flowers, and branches from the surroundings in Vermont.  Using a unique Japanese paper(shibugami), these motifs will be cut into stencils for printing.  Rice paste (special bran & sweet rice flour) and soybean juice recipes, stencil cutting, application of natural mineral pigments and natural dyes (cooking to extract natural materials and mordant processes) will be instructed. By using different mordants (e.g. alum, tannin, iron) a wide range of hues is created, and lovely colors and patterns begin to appear quite magically. What a surprise!

Akemi Nakano Cohn is an artist who applies her ideas to fabrics using a variety of "surface design" techniques, including Shibori, Katazome (rice paste resist), Nassen (color rice paste resist), stitching and other traditional Japanese techniques.

*Katazome is a form of resist dyeing traditionally used in Japan to embellish cloth for Kimono. A sticky paste is made from rice flour and repeatedly pressed through a stencil on to white fabric. The paste prevents dye from coloring the cloth, thereby defining a pattern. Akemi Nakano Cohn is an artist who applies her ideas to fabrics using a variety of "surface design" techniques, including Shibori, Katazome (rice paste resist), Nassen (color rice paste resist), stitching and other traditional Japanese techniques.