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Fiber Arts Department

Yoshiko Wada

Yoshiko Wada

Yoshiko Wada

Instructor: Yoshiko Wada
August 7–9, 2015 (Friday & Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm and Saturday, three hours to be determined)
All levels


This class is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar at 707-937-5818 x10.

Current MAC Members: $261
Non-members: $290 plus a $25 non-member registration fee

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Instructor materials fee: $35


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Class Description
As we begin the new millennium and the world seems ever smaller and inundated with information, an artist must be discriminating of materials, process and content in order to define her own voice. Surface patterns and texture on materials relate to imprinting memories on pliable surfaces with conventional and unconventional forces by marking and shaping the cloth/canvas through various ways including sashiko stitching and shibori and other resist techniques. Patterns and texture on utilitarian cloth such as the Japanese folk textile "boro," meaning castaway rag, may inspire us to explore an alternative creative process (e.g. darning=healing; meditative action=marking time; reuse/repair=recording history). In this class we can contemplate essential and universal aspects of the textile arts by having a dialog with fiber materials literally, physically and figuratively. The greenest natural indigo vat using organic reducing agent such as henna, fructose, fruit peels will inspire us to transform our material and to record our process. Bring your work in progress to examine the potentials or to further explore the transformation.


About the Instructor
YOSHIKO WADA, is President of the World Shibori Network-World (WSN was established in Nagoya, Japan in 1992) and is the world's authority on Shaped Resist Dyeing. She has written definitive publications on the subject and produced a DVD "Arimatsu Narumi Shibori: Celebrating 400 years of Japanese Artisan Design." She leads study tours to Japan and has introduced many to the world of Shibori and inspiring creativity via her gentle style. She is the founder of Slow Fibre Studios which collaborates with WSN and Michel Garcia on as series of Natural Dye Workshop DVDs.

As an artist, author, exhibition curator, textile researcher and film producer, she is a long time exponent of traditional and sustainable practiCes in fashion and textile production.

Yoshiko holds a BFA in Textile Art from Kyoto City Fine Arts University, and an MFA in Painting from the University of Boulder, Colorado. Traveling the world giving lectures and workshops, she participates in conferences to build greater insight into the world of fibre and textiles.


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