vol / fullKakishibu Persimmon Tannin & Pigments

2-Day workshop with Ana Lisa Hedstrom (USA)


Kakishibu  is a fascinating colorant for paper and fabric.

There is a long tradition of use in Japan and China, but it also offers unconventional applications for western designers and artists. 

It develops its characteristic shades of brown when exposed to UV light, and requires no heat nor chemicals for fixing.

We will work with direct application and shibori on both paper and fabric.

Adding iron will create black, and earth pigments can be added to create more shades.

We will also have a small indigo vat for use.

We will also work with thickened natural dye extracts to brush on shibori manipulated paper and fabric. This technique is easy and offers new possibilities for the natural dyer.

NB Ana Lisa's latest dvd, recently published and available @ my studio (limited stock !)

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Student material list - pls bring: 

scissors, measuring tape, needles, strong sewing thread, seam ripper, ball or cone of string for arashi,  “painter’s tape”,  2 cm – 8 cm cheap bristle brushes, several 7-8 cm C clamps, rubber gloves, apron.   Some fabric and paper will be provided for a material fee.  There will also be extra to purchase.  To provide a wide experience of substrates, students should bring some fabric or paper from their own studio.

Notebook and images or examples of students’ own work to share.


Optional:  sewing machine,  8-10 cm diameter plastic plumbing pipe, approx. 1 meter in length;  wooden blocks  ( rectangles, squares, triangles) approx. 2 cm thick

there will be a labfee for dyes - fabric - paper etc.