I stepped out of my Comfort Zone and into the world of Indigo Dyeing, Shibori, and Iron Rust dyeing. Big thank you to Joy, I was on the verge of withdrawing my participation before her gentle encouragement gave me the inspiration to have a go! The nine of us were brilliantly supported by Helen who cooked us delicious lunches and dinners and spread out tea breaks so we could get on with our endeavours. (and in between all of that Helen produced 2 beautiful paintings). Calli (Jane Callendar) led us through the techniques that make for successful dyeing, stitching, clamping; gave us background information to Indigo and how it works; set up 3 indigo vats, an Iron Rust vat and a Tea vat; and ensured a safe working environment. Given that we all began with plain pieces of cloth the variety of the samples was amazing, highlighting the endless possibilities Shibori offers. Check out Calli’s website, get your hands on some product and dye away with your own Indigo vat, or Iron Rust vat, it is very rewarding.
Steele’s Island was the venue – a brilliant choice – scenery, privacy, comfort, space. The workshop was under the umbrella of the HandWeavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania, and again, Joy worked tirelessly to set it up, mother it through the weekend and have it all stowed away in time on the exit day. Belonging to this Guild offers so many opportunities to extend your own craft, I recommend membership.