Images of textiles produced by Sarah Desmarais using traditional Japanese katazome techniques

2018-05-09T13:20:18Z (GMT) by Sarah Desmarais
Textiles produced as part of the research for the 'Katagami in Practice: Japanese stencils in the Art school' Arts Council England project, using traditional Japanese katazome techniques with stencil paper and rice paste. Stencils were cut by hand and used to print rice paste onto a variety of cottons and silks. The dried rice paste acts as a resist, preventing penetration of dye where it has been applied. The samples were dyed with a range of dyestuffs including indigo and modern fibre reactive dyes. Once dying had taken place, the rice-paste resist was washed out in water, leaving a white pattern on a coloured ground. Sarah explored these techniques and also documented the process in detail as part of the development of a workshop for students from Middlesex University. Her documentation aimed to capture the distinctive learning that is produced from making - for instance practical understandings of how unfamiliar design languages are assimilated through drawing and making; how a stencil needs to be cut in order to be durable; and how the structural requirements of a stencil produce a distinctive design aesthetic.