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Shibori is one of the techniques often associated with Japan, Africa, India and South America. It is found in fashion, adorning many a dress or tunic. How can we make our own version? This book promises to cover a range of ideas, ‘from tied and stitched designs to ideas for wrapping, folding, clamping, pleating and binding.’ Lets get a better look…….
Who is it aimed at?
Due to its clarity, this book is aimed at all abilities, whether you are a quilter, textile artist or embroiderer, there will be something you can learn or be inspired by.
About the artist
Janice Gunner is a textile artist, quilter and author. Her website tells us that ‘She learned how to embroider at the age of 5, made her own clothes from the age of 10, has been quilting for 44 years and has spent almost 30 years of those teaching patchwork & quilting, including 23 years teaching City & Guilds courses.’ We are assured she has a wealth of experience to offer!
The book has eight chapters, each detailing some way of using the technique or actually the process behind the technique.
Often within Textile Art books, we are given instructions on how to do a certain technique, but are left hanging as to what to do afterwards. Not with Gunner’s instructions. There are ideas and step by step guidance on a variety of ideas….
What makes it special?
We often see this technique on clothing, but Gunner here introduces how we can use our dyed fabric in techniques we may be more familiar with, I.E. Quilting and Patchwork….
As with all books published by Batsford, the photos which are used to illustrate the work are never pixilated or of bad quality. Large and small photographs line the pages, so that we can really get close to the patterns.
What is wrong with the book?
If you are not into dyeing, you might not find this as useful.
Okay, so we have all had a go at tie-dyeing the odd t-shirt, or showing a machine dye in the wash with our favourite top, in the hopes that we will get that stain out. Gunner opens up our education to a new level here, detailing this beautiful way of adding pattern to our lives. A great social technique as well as a solo one…really there is no excuse, clear your kitchens and get going.
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'