BROOKLYN STUDENTS REINVENT THE MEANING OF ITAJIME SHIBORI
Arts Day Festival 2014
PS 261 Elementary School
Brooklyn, New York
March 7, 2014
Itajime Shibori = Japanese method of dying paper and fabric by the shaped-resist technique.
Once again I was asked to teach a workshop to Catherine Pacilio's amazing 5th grade class on the Japanese decorative papermaking technique, Itajime Shibori, during the school's annual Arts Day Festival.
The initial step to achieve the traditional Itajime Shibori pattern is to fold the kozo paper into an accordion fold and clamp it with your fingers.
The folded paper is then dipped into liquid paint and when unfolded you can achieve something that looks like this:
Ms Pacilio's 5th grade students collectively chose there own individual paths to creative glory. Many students even plunged their hands into the liquid paint to further express their drive for creative freedom.