Handweaving

Handweaving

My exposure to handweaving, particularly bashofu and Ryukyu kasuri weaving, began when i was very, very young.  I was born in Okinawa, Japan where my grandmother was a kimono-maker, bashofu weaver, and natural dye artisan.  My grandfather passed away before i was born, so my grandmother was a single mother.  She also served as the […]

Eco-Dyeing on Fibers and Cloth

Eco-Dyeing on Fibers and Cloth

I began eco-dyeing about six (6) years ago after a good friend in a handweaving study group showed me her own eco-dyed projects. After learning more about the process, I realized that it was similar to the pigment extraction processes used to create Bingata natural dyes and Ryukyu Ai indigo vats in Okinawa. These are […]

Eco-Printing on Paper

Eco-Printing on Paper

Eco-printing is a magical process in which pigment (colour) is extracted from botanicals using a variety of natural dye extraction and processing methods. The result is an assortment of botanical shapes and their associated colours “printed” onto fibers.  My favorite eco-prints on paper are sourced from leaves.  The shapes and forms of leaves fascinate me… […]