Sunday, November 23, 2014

Japanese Adventures - Workshops

If you don't follow me on Facebook ( you may have wondered where I have been.  I have just come back from my tour to Japan which, as always was a fabulous adventure. 

I will do a few blog posts with the highlights over the next few days just so you don't miss out.

This trip we did even more hands on workshops which I thought I would share with you.

Indigo Workshop
As you know I am wrapped in indigo dyeing and so to visit a traditional indigo dye works was an amazing adventure.
We all made small handkerchief sized pieces in a variety of designs. I was already familiar with these designs but more interested in the actual process

There was a water bath where all the pieces were soaked first after tying and then to the vat room. These vats are 2m deep and are kept alive by underground heating.

I was so excited by the processes that I asked the master if I could dip my Kantha jacket in the vat. A scary move but as he agreed I lowered it into the vat. I've had the jacket for years and a change is always (or sometimes) welcome

 Not sure if it was the best idea I've had as now a lot of the wear which was hidden before is now showing but it was interesting to turn my Indian Kantha coat into a Japanese Shibori coat. I had lots of comments about it for the rest of the trip.

We also did a Washi Papermaking workshop

We all ended up with a set of hand made paper postcards which will be treasured mementos

Japanese cooking lesson which was not only a lot of fun - we got to eat our results.

The Yuzen Stencil workshop is always a lot of fun. I have done it before so this time I spent talking to the master who has been cutting stencils for 'a hundred years' - well that is what he told me anyway.

So you can see we had a lot of fun. I'm doing it all again next November if you are interested in joining us.


Bonnie Miller said...

Thank you Lisa...would welcome details, especially financial ones, of 2015 trip. Looked like an amazing adventure.

Marie Z. Johansen said...

My Gosh! I am playing a lot of "catch up", and noticed how adventuresome (in many ways- and some not as nice!) your life has been lately!

This tour is a dream..such a wish!

Wishing you more adventures and good health!