In 2019, I spent four months studying on exchange at Kyoto Seika University, where I learned traditional methods of resist-dyeing fabric. I was particularly drawn to katazome, a centuries-old technique which begins with hand-cutting intricate stencils called katagami. The stencil is used to apply a paste to the fabric before the dye is brushed on. Once the dye has dried, the fabric is steamed to fix the colour and then the paste is rinsed away to reveal the patterned fabric.

In spring 2021, I received funding from The Inches Carr Trust and the Forth Valley VACMA scheme to produce new work using katazome. I have completed my first limited edition collection of hand-dyed table mats, available to buy here.

If you have an idea for a collaboration or commission involving katazome please get in touch, I'd love to work on a new project.