fewer words…and thinking about time,

yes, i’m back. Japan was wonderful, of course. the tour was amazing. i’ve written a couple of post-tour posts but after re-reading them nothing really feels right. too many words. so for now, i’ll just leave you with this:

and this-

i’ll be selecting some of these to put into the shop in a couple of days but thought it would be fun to photograph them and put them up for inspiration. these were all numbered with their pattern numbers…some as high as the 7000’s.
these shibori samples were found in Arimatsu, Japan and remind me how skill can develop over time if one is willing to put time into practice. are we still willing to allow art and craft to be created in this way? these are things i wonder about these days… ~ these seem to focus on makiage, makinui,orinui,boshi,muira and kanoko techniques. there literally must have been 10’s of 1000’s made over time. mind boggling. and beautiful. part of their beauty is what this represents. at least to me.

12 thoughts on “fewer words…and thinking about time,

  1. fiberelsEls

    OOOOOOOH Glennis thank you SO much for sharing this!!!
    I looked at some You-tubes on Arimatsu-shibori and was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all ! And the enormous amount or work it requiers! Really flabbergasted! Thanks again>

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      and sadly to me, i can’t see these without remembering that this is a tradition that is passing away in our time. i’m glad to have seen it with my own eyes before it exists only in books or on a screen via youtube. glad you enjoyed it els…

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  2. velma

    you are so right about the making part, going deeper and becoming more and more beautiful. i thought about your traveling, and read your few reports on fb. i bet you have much to share and much for your personal inspiration “bank”. but also, being there so soon after the disaster…that must have been very sobering.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      it was a great trip to be sure. somehow i feel i can’t go forward anymore without looking back, going deeper. i have banked much inspiration and thought to carry forward from here. it will eek out over time. as far as being there at this time, it was really an honor. i was so pleased that our group as a whole decided to go and i don’t think there was one of them that regretted it a bit. quite the opposite. many thanks were sent my way for keeping it together and getting us over there in light of all the turmoil. the Japanese we encountered were extremely pleased to see us (there were so few foreigners) and they made it very clear how happy they were to see us every where we went.

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  3. corina aszerman

    Thank you so much Glennis for sharing this it’s incredible how much history, dedication, creation, love and beauty in all of this.
    Thank you for sharing the trip it was and still is an inspiration and learning for me.
    Corina

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      yes, i still have an incredible amount of photos and videos and will continue to post over on the tour blog. i’m already thinking about how to get over there next year for a shibori workshop and shibori study tour with a smaller group. working on the details…

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  4. Jeannie Nelson

    To look at all those tiny kanokos, perfect in every way–I am blown away by the time and the skill! And top it off with color variation–the planning of it as well as the execution–what masters! I am completely in awe.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      sometime soon i hope to do a little post/video/demo of the complete process. i think i have all the necessary tools now and a pretty good understanding of it all. just have to get ahead a bit in order to afford the time to do it. it’s really all about time and practice. i can only offer a novice’s example but without a lifetime of practice behind me…well you get the idea. in the meantime, i have a workshop coming up at the JANM in September (14th )and am really looking forward to sharing some of this there.

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      thanks helen. it’s always good to hear that my personal intention for the blog is coming through to the other side. on fading away…that’s a subject in itself on many levels. it will be interesting to see how interest in shibori will affect this fading. it’s an evolutionary process. like a living thing.

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