RECAP – First Mentoring Session 15th November

Tour of Model House and The Pin & Thimble… introduction to many of the Llantrisant creatives and their work.

Definition of shibori discussed at length – with copy of my teaching notes provided.
Gifted – Anne Maile classic book “Tie-dye As a Present Day Craft”

A piece of polyester chiffon was gifted to use in self directed study. Demonstration of how to repeatedly and successfully bind long and also squat objects into fabric.

Recommendation to visit Staples (opposite Cardiff Met) in order to purchase suitable objects and appropriate elastic bands for you to complete the task of binding the polyester chiffon. This should be completed in time for this week’s session in order that you can take full advantage of the content planned for this week.

Demonstration of the kamosage knot (half hitch). Option to use this with strong thread (can be purchased from Dunelm Mill) as an alternative to the elastic bands.

Demonstration of the differences between using a kamosage knot to bind pinched fabrics versus fabrics with objects bound inside the cloth.
The implications for unpicking both methods were also demonstrated and discussed.


Michelle had asked that I bring all my current work with me, so as to tailor her mentoring sessions around me. She gave me some incredibly handy hints and tips to aid with me on my ongoing Textile research/journey:

  1. When using a Mount Header, be sure to incorporate enough fabric at the top to attach sample to card. If fabric length is insufficient, first attach an additional piece of fabric (zig zag stitch should suffice), which can then be attached to the sample, and finally to the mount header.
  2. DO NOT BURN WOOL! Cyanide could be released during burn.
  3. Use TEXTILE FIBRE BURN TEST to differentiate between natural and synthetic fibres:
  4. When using Indigo or Rust, make sure that fabric/material is washed thoroughly/cleaned off from any excess dye/dust. Both can be harmful to respiratory system.

Michelle and I discussed my ‘Material Matters’ project, and came up with an ongoing plan to research some specific artists, practitioners, and methods to help me on my creative journey. She suggested:

JANE DUNNEWOLD – Bonding papers onto fabrics/Bondaweb/Vilene (Strangely enough, I have one of her books – CREATIVE STRENGTH TRAINING!! Think it is time to give it a re-read)janed

DARLENE NADEAU – Shibori Borealis was inspired by the dancing lights of the northern skies, the Aurora Borealis. While exploring new twists on the ancient art of Japanese resist dyeing, Darlene creates one of a kind, hand-dyed artisan quality silk fabrics.


3D SHIBORI – Heat transfer printing. Synthetic fabric manipulated by way of Shibori technique and set via Heat Press. Sublimation/Heat transfer paint is administered throughout heat setting, and the initial fabric manipulation allows the most incredible shapes/patterns to emerge. The overall premise stimulates the idea that something gaudy, ugly and unwanted can be metamorphosed into something exciting and full of potential new avenues to explore.

The original designs imprinted onto the synthetic fabric are truly hideous, but when the fabric is distorted the new and incredibly beautiful patterns transform into highly sculptural and fascinating pieces.

What kind of headset equipment do I have access to? Action of closing (does the press open fully or just to allow the fabric/material inside)? How would I access the fabric for manipulation? I would need some heat resistant gloves, possibly a hybrid gauntlet/curling tong set of gloves. I have to think of my safety first. The fabric would need to be manipulated when closing the press.

C2C COMMITTED TO CLOTH – Committed to Cloth helps people develop their ideas and provides teaching and facilities to grow their personal vision. Created by Leslie Morgan & Claire Benn. This teaching facility runs the most incredible workshops!!! I think I may treat myself to one or two.

(From left to right) Cherry Vernon-Harcourt ‘Cliffs’, Claire Benn ‘Barn Door’, Jan Ayres ‘Tokyo Detail’, Karen Farmer ‘Untitled’. All created via workshops at C2C!!

Michelle and I then moved onto the topic of Apprenticeship; not only was she extremely helpful, but was extremely knowledgeable about what type of funding that may be out there for us. I would have to source many different organisations/trusts: CREATIVE SKILLET CYMRU, PRINCES TRUST, WALES ARTS INTERNATIONAL, ARTS ALIVE, CRAFT HERITAGE ORGANISATIONS.

My ‘homework’ for the week – Look at, ENTWINEMENTS, the blog of Karren K. Brito & Prepare the synthetic cloth with resist equipment, ready for heat setting. Can use as a sample too.

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