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Ana Lisa Hedstrom’s Shibori Class – Sandy Wagner

I’m sorry this is late but I was going to finish and post it today but I spent the day in the birthing center with my granddaughter – we have a new girl in the family Olivia.

I wanted to share with you a wonderful 2 day class with Ana Lisa Hedstrom.  We spent the days doing Shibori techniques and the evening with a slide presentation by Ana Lisa starting with her early days to the present time.  Ana Lisa has worked with Shibori for 30 years and shared the history of the craft and her knowledge with us.  We used acid silk dyes and Procion MX.  The methods used were pole wrapping, folding, clamping and stitching.

We started the class learning some of the history of the pole style Arashi Shibori –  then pole wrapping methods.  Straight wrapping and twisting the fabric as you compress the folds up a 4″ PVC pipe.   I then took a 15×70″ silk scarf and folded in a fold from the left and right side of the scarf – basting a stitch down the lent of the piece – then wrapped it on the pole – the third way  was by measuring the fabric adding enough fabric to make it slide over the pole and stitched the fabric then slide it up the pole and compressed the fabric to make the folds.  Below is cotton (on the  pole) and silk scraf.



After wetting the fabric lightly  I painted the thickened Procion MX dye onto the folds of the fabric and painted each pole.  One pole was cotton, one silk habotai and one raw silk.  We then wrapped them in plastic and cured them overnight.  Washed them out in the morning  and we able to re-wrap the poles in a different direction for a pattern change.

We did several folded (Katano – clamping ) methods and stitching (Kanoko).  Accordion folding, folding into a triangle and clamped, folding in half and clamping with other type of clamps.  Wooden pieces, clamps from the hardware stores, many items from the Dollar Store.  Stitching the raw silk in different patterns, folding and stitching, amble with the stitches.  When you do the stitching you knot at one end, stitch then pull the thread as tight as you can without breaking the thread – this causes the resist – then we used the acid dyes in a hot bath for the silks and procion MX vat method for the cottons etc.  Below is bamboo and spandex.bamboo1


The starburst at the right is stitching and pulling up the thread on raw silk.  The smocking pleater provides the most startling results – it is below.  The method takes a narrow piece of fabric but it can be as long as you want by how long the threads are.  The fabric is raw silk gauze. smocking1

Shibori has fascinated me for a long time but looking at the work of the masters and all the hand stitching had made me think twice but with what I learned with this class has made it more manageable.  You can get as involved as you like and the results are all so exciting.  You do need patience for the stitching but the results are wonerful.

The hand stitching on a large scale is still a massive undertaking but the results are amazing.  On a smaller scale you will have an exciting piece for art quilting, garments, framing or as a piece of art work.  Let the creative juices flow and the Shibori work.

There are several books that have good instructions, samples and wonderful works of art.  Kimono as Art – a beautiful book put out by the San Diego Museum of Art,  Arimatsu Shibori (this book is out of print but can be found on Amazon), Shibori for Textile Artist and Shibori The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing by Wada,Rice and Barton

I have included 2 picturs of garment done Ana Lisa.



  Go forth and create.

Yvonne Morton – Artist – Sandy Wagner

Ian Wilson writes “A great distance, and that not only physical, separates the heart of Africa from fiber artist Yvonne Morton’s studio in Dorset in southern England. Morton makes the cloth whose inspirational source lies deep in the Congo. Her early medium was armor – her works is shown in Salisbury District Hospital and is based on the medieval surcoat which knights wore over their armor. While she was bedridden and concerned that the imagery that she was using was in danger of becoming “too cozy” she saw a catalogue from a London dealer – she was introduced to Kuba cloth. These are fine pieces of linen-like lengths of cloths. They are embroidered by the women with applique designs after the fabric has been woven by men from raffia which they had harvested from the African Palm tree – Raphia ruffia. Other fabric that are associated with this part of the world are the widely known cut-pile raffia often termed “Shoowa velvet” – this is characterized by dazzling geometric designs and the bark cloth produced by pygmy tribes-people. The Kuba empire is in currently the central Congo area and is the home to a variety of tribes. Continue reading ‘Yvonne Morton – Artist – Sandy Wagner’

Digital Printing – Sandy Wagner

While looking for a topic for today I remembered the summer issue of Surface Design and Mary Stieglitz. She works in digital photography and printing. This article is written by Ingrid Lilligren and she states in her opening “Synesthesia is a term used to describe the ability some individuals have to smell sounds, hear colors, or see scents. It could be thought of a a gift of sorts from the cerebral cortex, a kind of unwilled metaphor. Viewing the work of Mary Stieglitz stimulates multiple sensory responses. Silk panels move like air or water, and when the surface imagery is water, the viewer can almost hear the sound it makes. Through digital application of photo-based imagery, Stieglitz produces contemporary images that speak of deep time. Her work is at once new and old”. When looking at her work Cirque in the magazine I felt myself looking into 3-D as felt as if I was floating above looking down. Mary states she is interested in the visible patterns of our natural world and their relationship to the larger myths and metaphors. Continue reading ‘Digital Printing – Sandy Wagner’

Norman Rockwell – by Sandy Wagner

I can’t believe that I almost missed the 3rd. Sunday but with the crashing of the computer-concerts-Christmas planning etc –the bell went off about 20 minutes ago (5:00PM).

As I was growing up my family took “The Saturday Evening Post” and I remember looking forward to the drawing by Rockwell. In 1977 our daughter gave us Norman Rockwell’s America which has the span many years of wonderful work. He was born in 1984 in New York City – his father managed a textile business in NYC – George Woods, Sons and Company. Norman came from a religious family and was a choir boy at St; Luke’s and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The neighborhood that he grew up in was at that time Anglo-Saxon white and Rockwell admits to having shared the prejudices of the period. He disliked the city and spent his summers in the country – he said that this time of his life was great inspiration for his early work. When he was 9 they moved to the country and by his early teens he has decided that he wanted to be an artist. He dropped out of high school and went full time to art school and finally 1910 he became a student at Art Students League in NYC. In 1912 his family returned to NYC by Norman was earning enough in commissions to become a full time illustrator. His first commission was at age16 doing four Christmas cards followed by his first illustrated book Tell Me Why Stories.

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Costume Designs in Oils – Sandy Wagner

This fall as we were sailing one of ourtable mate was bidding at the art auction and brought a print of the oil painting they had purchased to the table. To my surprise it was of a costume used in a movie and painted by a Russian painter, graphics designer, costume designer and set designer Yuri Annenkov – I had never heard of him but they have been purchasing his painting that he did of the sketches that he did as a costume designer for years. With the help of one of Ragged Cloths members – Natalya from New York (she looked up Yuri and translated the Russian for me) I was able to find some of his other work and be certain this was the same artist.

Yuri worked in the theater early on and movies later designing sets and costumes. He lived in Russia, Germany and finally settled in Paris until his death in 1974 – he was born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to a family in exile for collaborating in the assassination of Alexander II. In 1892 the family returned to St. Petersburg. Yuri did not receive a formal art education but studied in the studio of S.M.Zeidenberg and at the Technical Drawing School of Baron Stieglitz.


The top picture is of Helena Annenkov 1917 – Yuri’s wife. Text is in Russian (thank you to Natalya) Continue reading ‘Costume Designs in Oils – Sandy Wagner’

VESSELS (Sandra Wagner)

I have spent a lot of time looking for a Russian artists whose medium is oil but using period costumes or stage costumes with samples of the cloth that the garment was designed in. BUT could not find him so will work on it for next month.

But in the meantime my FiberArts magazine came and I was impressed with the display of vessels on page 28 -30. The one that caught my eye first was by Marcie Schwartzman – she combines fabric and clay. She worked each medium separately for years, after seeing Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party realized what she could do when combining each. There is not a lot of information on her but she can be found at Her statement is “I have worked with fabric and clay for years and after seeing how my garments could form vessels and the boundaries of my clay vessels could continue further evolving to a softer shape. Combining the two-came easily as I saw how certain fabrics and glazes were natural complements to each other”.


Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette is another artist listed in this article and her work is revolving around her need to collect. She has a piece at http://elmarisette.blogspot.comthat is called “Her Domestic Helmet” it is made from hair curlers and is wonderful. the two that are in the FiberArts magazine are made from zippers and pages from textbooks. She spent many hours sharing her talents with all ages teaching classes using collectibles of all kinds. Continue reading ‘VESSELS (Sandra Wagner)’

Nature In All Its Glory – Sandy Wagner

I’m sorry this did not get on for Sunday but the internet was down on the ship.

This has nothing to do with fabric or painting. We are on a 31 day cruise from LA to Sydney and the beauty of our world is very alive with what God has placed before us. The vastness of the blue sky – the shade of blue and the clouds (sometime full of rain) large and fluffy. Continue reading ‘Nature In All Its Glory – Sandy Wagner’

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