Through this practice-led research entitled Modern Shibori: Beyond Handcrafted Tradition, I explore the contemporary relevance of shibori – an ancient Japanese resist-dye method – in the context of present day Canada. The project employs a hybrid cultural products framework to aid in the contextualization of a series of artworks, intended to disseminate concepts related to craft culture and sustainability. The aim of Modern Shibori is to blur the perceived line between craft and fine art and to help encourage continued practice of the ancient textile technique. The outcome of the project is a body of work that is explorative, yet pays homage to traditional shibori, and uses materials with low environmental impact.
A Thing to Wear - Digitally printed cotton, elastic tape, 2017
Reterritorialization II - Wool, mohair, 2017
Synergy (Greater Than the Sum of its Parts) - Wool, naturally dyed handspun silk, 2017