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Indigo Shibori Workshop w/ artist Davana Robedee (2-day workshop)

September 9, 2023

Indigo Shibori Workshop
w/ artist Davana Robedee (2-day workshop)
Saturday, September 9 + Sunday, September 10
10am -4pm
Location: Gallery at 3S
Ages 16+
Member $135 / Non-Member $150


For thousands of years and all across the world, people have been fascinated by the magic of indigo dye. In this two-day workshop each person will learn how to dye with indigo and use shibori techniques to create patterns on cloth. We will explore the following:

• How to make an indigo vat

• Itajime folded and clamped resist

• Stitch Resist

Students will learn proper safety, vatting techniques, and dyeing strategies for each shibori method. This workshop is for ALL LEVELS meaning those who have no experience to advanced students are welcome. Each student will leave with beautifully dyed fabrics, scarves, or wearables, Japanese indigo seeds if they wish to grow their own indigo, and instructional handouts to continue their exploration.


All Indigo and vat chemicals, some wooden shapes, and clamps will be included but students should bring the following:

• Extra long rubber gloves (elbow length/26-28 inch is best, others work okay)

• A N-95 or KN-95 mask (for mixing vat chemicals)

• A spool of 100% polyester thick upholstery thread, sewing needles- various sizes.

• Fabric: Indigo will only dye natural fibers: 100% cotton, silk, rayon, and linen. (NO WOOL, NO SYNTHETIC FABRIC). You will need at least 3 yards of white 100% cotton fabric to create samples and practice. After that you will probably want silk, linen, or rayon scarf blanks, blank t-shirts, and various other items. You can purchase those at,,, or

• Optional: extra shapes and clamps, poles, yarn, pebbles, cork, nails or screws (for some interesting tying effects).

About artist Davana Robedee:
Davana Robedee is a multi-media artist living in Syracuse, New York. She received an M.F.A from Syracuse University and a B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including, In a Moment Between Dreams at the Dowd Gallery in Cortland, NY, The Instability of Nothing at Riverviews Art Space in Lynchburg, VA, Climates at View Art Center in Old Forge, NY, and Revival at the AC Institute, NYC. She has participated in residencies at Weissensee School of Art in Berlin and Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska City.

Davana is currently the Program Director at the Schweinfurth Art Center where she works as a curator, oversees programs, and other community events. She also serves on the Syracuse Public Art Commission. As an artist and arts administrator, Davana is interested in cultivating public community arts practices.

Generously supported by our Summer Season Sponsor: Beswick Engineering.

Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: AC Hotel Portsmouth, MacEdge, and Raka.


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