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Release Date: April 24, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Sharon Kilfoyle has taught Japanese techniques for dyeing cloth domestically and internationally.

  • This flowing pink and yellow pleated scarf is an example of Sharon Kilfoyle’s work with shibori.

SULPHUR, Okla. -- The Chickasaw Nation will offer an all-day workshop covering shibori -- Japanese resist dyeing similar to tie-dye -- taught by Sharon Kilfoyle 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27, at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 West Muskogee St.

The group will cover the basics of two shibori techniques: arashi and itajime.

Arashi shibori is sometimes referred to as pole-wrapping shibori because it involves wrapping, tying and scrunching cloth on a pole to produce diagonal designs. Itajime involves folding and clamping material before dyeing to produce geometric designs.

“Shibori is an art that invites the exploration of color and texture, and is simple enough to allow artists to produce remarkable fabrics without a lot of stress,” Kilfoyle said. “It’s a pleasure to see the confidence and empowerment that just one day of shibori work can bring.”

As Kilfoyle guides them, attendees will hand-craft two pieces of wearable art. All skills levels are welcome.

Kilfoyle has been teaching various fiber arts since the 80s, including spinning, weaving, natural dyeing and felting fibers. She had ample opportunity in the past to get familiar with natural fibers and their treatments when she raised sheep, Angora goats, and Angora rabbits.

She teaches fiber arts at her home studio near Ashland, Missouri, and is a visiting artist at the Paris American Academy in France every year in their fashion program. Kilfoyle has also taught shibori and nuno felting in Japan, Korea, Mexico and Canada, as well as throughout the United States.

Kilfoyle had taken a personal interest in gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese dyeing techniques well before traveling there to teach English.

“I took many samples of my shibori work to use in my conversation classes,” Kilfoyle said. “The faculty at the university where I taught observed the interest students had in my work and asked me to teach shibori in their Extension Program.”

She taught full-time for three years in Japan. Back home, she taught domestically and internationally at colleges and for communities much like her April 27 class at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios.

An enrollment fee of $100 includes instruction and materials. Pre-registration is encouraged. Class size is limited. To enroll, contact the Artesian Gallery & Studios, 580-622-8040.

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