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The Bentway – Strachan Gate
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, AZ M5V 3K9

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The Bentway Conservancy
Website:
http://thebentway.ca

Workshop: Shibori Silk Dyeing ‘Caribbean Sea’ Banners

June 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Bentway – Strachan Gate (250 Fort York Blvd)

Want to learn how to transform fabric with the art of Shibori silk dyeing? Join visual and performing artist and designer Robin Van Lear (Cleveland, Ohio) for a silk-dyeing workshop and help her create the vibrant silk banner installation Caribbean Sea for The Bentway Studio Atrium.

In Japanese, Shibori means “to wring” or “to squeeze.” The art of Shibori is one of the simplest yet most satisfying approaches to resist dyeing. More controlled than Tie-Dye, and with more options, Shibori consists of folding and binding techniques that attain orchestrated patterns of brilliant colours by using cold water and Procion MX dyes. The banners will be dyed using three popular Shibori techniques: Konoko (Elastic Bands), Miura (Binding with String) and Arashi (Pole wrapping). The dyeing technique used on the banana banners is a simple process of applying dye directly to the fabric with a brush.


About the Artist

Robin Van Lear migrated in 1990 from California to Cleveland Ohio where she created Parade the Circle Celebration in the Department of Community Arts for the Cleveland Museum of Art and other annual festivals: the Chalk Festival, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival and the Community Festivals program. These signature events drew an annual attendance of nearly 500,000 people. In her personal practice Van Lear has designed numerous puppets, costumes and kinetic sculptures as well as taught at colleges and universities across the USA and internationally. She currently maintains a large studio in Cleveland Heights where she creates installations, costumes, theatrical sets, and giant puppets. 


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Venue

The Bentway – Strachan Gate
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, AZ M5V 3K9

Organizer

The Bentway Conservancy
Website:
http://thebentway.ca