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Fiber Arts Department

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

Kiranada Sterling Benjamin


Instructor: Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
June 11–13, 2017 (Sunday–Tuesday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to the class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Rozome, the Japanese version of wax-resist batik, has caught the interest of fiber artists around the world, since rozome artists have developed techniques in shading, control, and luminosity that set their work apart from the batik of other countries. In this full workshop you will explore eight different textural and pattern possibilities including Japanese ro-etching (wax etching), ro-fubuki (wax snowstorm), ro-roller (rolled wax pattern), momo-otoshi (rub and remove), rokata (wax stencil), shikibiki (brush trailing), han bosen (shaded wax) and the dyeing process of bokashi, a technique that makes work glow with luminosity.

The workshop is for silk painters, quilters, fiber collage artists and others with interest in adding their own textured, dyed, and stenciled fabrics to their work. All techniques are applicable to either silk or cotton fabric and you will work the sansei-senryo, acid dyes from the kimono industry and natural beeswax and soy-wax. Those with batik experience will be introduced to many new wax and dye application techniques. Demonstrations, extensive hand-outs, practice, slides on rozome history, and samples from the teacher’s personal collection will round out your workshop experience.


KIRANADA STERLING BENJAMIN is an award winning, international fiber artist with over 70 exhibitions in her pocket. As a master teacher, with a deep love of wax and dye, she delights in sharing her knowledge and insights with both experienced professionals and beginners. She was a resident of Kyoto for 18 years where she wrote The World of Rozome: Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan and a recent DVD on Ro-Kata: Wax Stencil Process. Dh. Kiranada is an ordained Buddhist who explores the connections between meditation, creativity, silk painting and transformation. She has just returned from a year of solitary retreat in silence in the New Zealand bush.


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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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