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Textiles A Summer Session 2

Textiles Summer Session 2
June 7-19, 2020
Akemi Nakano Cohn
Katazome with Natural Dyes & Indigo

Katazome is a traditional Japanese resist technique that uses rice paste applied through a stencil. Working with natural dyes, students will learn basic katazome and explore images representing their own stories. We’ll cover mordants and earth pigments along with cutting stencils, cooking rice paste, making soy milk, brushing a variety of natural dyes, and steam-setting colors. We’ll also dip rice-pasted fabric into the indigo pot to create intense shades of blue. Sumi ink will create depth and variation with indigo blue. Tsutsugaki—freehand drawing with rice paste in a pastry tube—will add additional design elements. All levels. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code 02TA

Studio artist; teaching: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Zijdelings (Netherlands); Ragdale residency (IL); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Bellevue Art Museum (WA), Gallery Uesto (Tokyo).

textile hanging with squares of red, yellow, and orange printed with white
Akemi Nakano Cohn, detail of "Sunrise, Sunset #2," natural dyes on silk organza; katazome