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Handcrafted Jewellery Inspired by the Sea

The designs are all original and individually hand crafted by me, using Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass, semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals, sea glass and beads. Because my jewellery pieces are one of a kind, I can adapt designs to your own requirements.

I am always happy to accept commissions.

Silk Scarves and the Art of Shibori dying

There is no equivalent in English for the Japanese word shibori. It comes from the Japanese verb root shiboru, “to wring, squeeze, press.” The closest translation would be “shaped-resist dyeing.” The shaping process reserves areas that are recorded as patterns with characteristically soft edges and crinkled textures when cloth is dyed. Rather than treating cloth as a two-dimensional flat surface, shibori techniques give it a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting.

When the cloth is returned to its two-dimensional form after dyeing, the design that emerges is the result of the three-dimensional shape, the type of resist, and the amount of pressure from the thread or clamp that secured the shape during the cloth’s exposure to the dye.

The earliest known example of cloth dyed with a shibori technique dates from the 8th century in Japan.

 

The main types that I use on my scarves are:

Arashi shibori

Cloth is wrapped on a diagonal around a pole. Then the cloth is very tightly bound by wrapping thread up and down the pole. Next, the cloth is scrunched on the pole. The result is a pleated cloth with a design on a diagonal. "Arashi" is the Japanese word for storm. The patterns are always on a diagonal in arashi shibori which suggest the driving rain of a heavy storm.

Itajime shibori

The cloth is sandwiched between two pieces of wood, which are held in place with a clamp.
The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover.