shibori ribbons

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4″ silk satin shibori ribbon

I have been making these luscious ribbons for several special ribbon shops as well as designers this past week.
I think I have pretty much got the hang of it and the resulting rolls are just so exquisitely wonderful to hold in your hand.
Weighty, silky and colorful!
I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things that will be made from them.

For now, you can purchase them by the yard at The Ribbonerie in San Francisco where Paulette Knight’s obsession with these miniature textiles fills her Potrero Hill shop. Paulette knows her ribbons and was the one who first imported french wired ribbons into the US. Her cases are filled with everything from simple to sublime and when you are looking for a special ribbon, she is sure to have it or be able to acquire it for you.

The Ribbonerie, 191 Potrero Ave. at 15th Street, San Francisco; (415) 626- 6184. Open Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Then of course, it’s Monday! And oh did we have fun in the fourth grade class today. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera but as it turned out, I was pretty much covered in plaster so it was probably a good thing. I’ll go by tomorrow a get a couple of shots. We still have another full day of plastering with the second half of the class. The kids watched art21, the PBS series while they waited their turn and were talking about the work of sculptor Richard Sera while they plastered. It was fun to watch the kids approach the plaster and figure out how to work with it. They were a little apprehensive about getting “dirty” but once they got going all was good.
I heard so many good things from them as they worked- “where can I buy some plaster”, “i think I’ll do this at home when I’m bored”,
“I know what I’m going to do next time” and more….
Remember Hank? He wrote the poem about shibori… he was on vacation with his parents today and he had almost talked them into coming back early so he wouldn’t miss art class! The teacher assured his mom that he would be able to do his sculpture next week.
So many reasons to give kids more art…….if only we did.

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