Learn Shibori-Indigo Fabric Dying with LaVerne Kemp

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn traditional Shibori-Indigo fabric dyeing techniques. Shibori is a method of resist dyeing that includes stitching, clamping and binding techniques. Students will learn the history of Shibori-Indigo dyeing and then stitch, fold, twist, tie, using rubber bands and clamps to prepare the blank materials for dying. Prepared materials will be submerged into the indigo dye, rinsed and released into beautiful designs. Go beyond the basics to discover ancient techniques to create unique and beautiful patterns and color gradations. 

INSTRUCTOR: Laverne Kemp


TUITION: $40 (due at time of registration) + EVENTBRITE FEE $4.28 (due at time of registration) + $15 materials fee (payable to the instructor)

MATERIALS PROVIDED: Each student will be given one pre-washed blank item to dye. Other items to dye will be available to purchase from The Artsmiths.

MATERIALS TO BRING: Students can bring a yard of 100% COTTON fabric to dye. IMPORTANT: Prewash fabric in warm water. Do NOT use detergent. Hang to dry.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Laverne Kemp – LaVerne’s award-winning textiles have been a fixture of Pittsburgh’s fiber arts community for over thirty years. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Pennsylvania and Ohio and, notably, featured three times in Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art
Competition and Exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas,
Texas as well as The African American Art Exhibition at “Actors Theater “ in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been a committed teaching artist for children and adults for many years through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. LaVerne recently accepted the position of president of Women of Visions, an African American women’s art collective based in Pittsburgh. LaVerne says, “A part of me is interwoven into each piece that I create. Like my life, my weaving is a collaboration of color, texture and pattern. Over the years my fiber work has evolved into an art form rather than simply traditional weaving. I have explored and incorporated photo transfer, batik, stamping, dyeing, beading, hand and machine assembly, embroidery and quilting … My art and my passion are interwoven as one fabric.”

REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY Our instructors require a minimum number of students to teach. In order to minimize cancellations that inconvenience our instructors and other students, class cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to the start of class. Students who comply with this requirement will receive a full refund. Students who do not comply will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.