As promised, more on the 4th grade shibori class from last week.
Penny & I arrived early to do the set up while they were out at recess. It’s very hard for them to concentrate on their work if we come in during class to set up. There are times when this is unavoidable, but it’s best not to. They can’t help but want to see what we are doing!
The kids all filed in and got to their desks. You saw the picture before where they were listening to directions. I spoke for about 10 minutes (about the limit in my estimation) and talked about using art materials and safety. I showed them the tools we would be using and demonstrated how to create a resist on their fabric. We had 2 silk hankies for each student (one white & one green). We passed them out along with some various resists: plastic tie wraps, string, clothespins, and some small items that could be used for clamping. Penny , the teacher, & I walked around answering questions, helping, and checking the resists (tighter, tighter!). Each child also got a baggie with their name so we could identify their work.
Two by two the students were allowed to visit the dye table with their resisted fabric, each donning gloves and an apron. We used one color at a time and they were to dip, dribble, squirt dye on their piece. We used the jacquard acid dyes and I had a hot plate off to the side to heat the dye which I had brought in solution. We had a bowl of vinegar and one with water to dip the pieces into before unveiling the magic of shibori! We hung them to dry and while the kids were out at lunch, I ironed the hankies.
With all the resist work and 30 students, we were only able to get through 11 of the 30 kids at the dye table that day.
So in one hour, I’m off to the 4th grade to complete the dyeing of the remaining student’s work!
More to follow……
resisted hankies bagged with names