Day two of my week with Chiso, where I visited a Kyo Yuzen resist craftsman, an Oke Shibori craftsman and a Shibori dye factory.
From Tokyo I took several trains out to one of the five famed Mount Fuji lakes – Kawaguchi. The first evening I made my way up via a cable car to view Mount Fuji against a clear sunset sky, but I was there particularly to see the work of Kimono artist Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003).
After finishing the second Innovation Project with the Topshop print design team at the beginning of April, myself and fellow print designer Elizabeth Clay visited the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey for a textile nerd-out.
We just caught the final days of Art Textiles; a retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden. The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States.
Tie dye is having quite the moment, having sampled it for Victoria, Victoria Beckham last year and have been exploring shibori techniques for a upcoming Couture Collection (more on this will be revealed once the show has happened).
This was a great show, demonstrating the productive and highly skilled work Clayden created. She demonstrated a high level of control on what can be a very difficult to predict process.
Another inspired curatorial programming from the museum, and very much looking forward to the upcoming Missoni exhibition opening this week.
In December 2014 I had the pleasure to teach Zoe, a Fabric Technologist working in the fashion industry. We spent the day exploring how acid dyes work with certain fibre types, how to expose silk screens, creating the dye pastes using recipes and how to colour match.
Zoe achieved some wonderful prints in an ambitious 6 colour design and printed them beautifully. Below you can see the results of her hard work.
Zoe will be continuing her one to one courses with me in the near future, and learning more exciting print processes that will help develop her industry knowledge and create designs she knows will work well when developing for Italian mills.