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. My first limited edition collection of hand-dyed cushions and table mats are available to buy here.
I run occasional katazome workshops at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, you can view their upcoming events here.