Welcome to YAYOI SHIBORI!
YAYOI SHIBORI: Hand-dyed in Hawaii officially opened for business on March 3, 2016. March 3rd holds special significance for me, so I’m thrilled how everything came together to make the opening happen by this date. Please visit my Etsy.com store by using the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/yayoishibori. The shop is still evolving and I must work hard to publish more of my work. I have a goal of listing at least a 100 items for sale
YAYOI SHIBORI features tees, sleeveless tees, silk scarves and Shibori wraps and bags. Every item in the shop is individually hand-dyed by me, Yayoi. I use a hand-dyeing technique known throughout the world as Shibori. “Shibori is the Japanese word for a variety of ways of embellishing textiles by shaping cloth and securing it before dyeing. The word comes from the verb root shiboru, ‘to wring, squeeze, press.'” p. 7 from “Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing.” by Wada, Rice & Barton.
There are a various methods of Shibori – Arashi, Itajime and Kumo to name a few. I currently only use these methods in my work. I hope to incorporate some of the Nui Shibori in the future.
The above sleeveless tee was hand-dyed utilizing the Arashi Shibori technique. This by far is my favorite technique. Arashi Shibori involves wrapping cloth diagonally with string around a pole. I use an industrial PVC pipe to achieve the “rain storm” pattern. It is always a “surprise” to see the cloth being unwrapped and the print finally revealed.
It’s what I call “Shibori Magic.”
This is a view of beautiful Waikiki Beach from our hotel room at the Hyatt this past Easter Sunday.
I am a member of the Handcrafters & Artisans Alliance. The HAA is a non-profit trade association of handcrafters and artists in Hawaii. The HAA sponsors an almost monthly Waikiki Artfest at Kapiolani Park located in beautiful Waikiki. You can find us near the Honolulu Zoo end of Kapiolani park, across from Waikiki Beach along Kalakaua Avenue. There is metered parking available. The schedule for upcoming Waikiki Artfests follows:
May 21, 2016 – Saturday
June 25-26, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday
August 27-28, 2016 – Saturday & Sunday
Hours: 9am to 4pm
There is a wonderful guitarist (I will have to re-post his name at a later date), who entertains everyone. And there is a shave ice, smoothie, soft drink and snack booth located near the pond. Our booth, #45, is located near the pond as well. Please join us on the above-mentioned dates, and I look forward to meeting you in person! Its a nice way to spend part of your weekend!
In the meantime, I’ll be out in my back garden hanging up my Shibori work to air dry. The weather has been perfect for Shibori dyeing in recent weeks. Have a great month of April!
Next time, we will discuss Itajime Shibori techniques.
The Handcrafters and Artisans Alliance (HAA) Waikiki Artfest was held yesterday on May 21st. It was the very first Artfest for YAYOI SHIBORI – Hand-dyed in Hawaii, and it was a great time! My husband Richard was a great support and helper! Thank you Richard! Also, I want to thank my friend Jean Lin in New Jersey for all her advice, support and inspiration for YAYOI SHIBORI to get into gear for its first Artfest. Jean Lin is the Owner/Designer of La Muse Kalliope. Please visit her website at http://www.Lamusekalliope.com to discover the world of Les Musettes and Interactive Dragon Monsters. Also I want to thank Gigi for mentioning YAYOI SHIBORI in her fabulous blog http://www.GIGIhawaii.wordpress.com. Please visit her blog and explore the world of GIGIhawaii.
It was a windy, sunny day with the occasional sprinkling of rain. It was fun to meet other Shibori enthusiasts and making new fans of Shibori. I especially loved sharing the Shibori hand-dyeing process with customers.
My Uncle Joe Nehl of KOA JOES was in the booth next door. He has been doing Koa Woodworking for many years and has been doing the HAA Artfests for over 11 years. Thank you to Uncle Joe for introducing me to the HAA.