ABOUT SUMIRE DESIGNS
A world of shibori art.
How do you know when you have an obsession? Is it when you spend time in lines and traffic daydreaming about the next dye run? Or maybe when one of your friends says, “Why aren’t you wearing a dyed t-shirt today? You ALWAYS have a tie-dyed t-shirt!”?
It was a hobby that started innocuously enough: as a craft project on a Girl Scout camping trip in junior high. From there it has become a 25-year obsession of tie dye, shibori and dyed fiber arts of all kinds. It was even one of the reasons I learned Japanese!
Shibori is the Japanese art of tie dye. It has a 1,500-year tradition used in kimono, household goods and art. Traditional goods are often dyed in dark blue indigo, but shibori and tsujigahana (another shibori type dye style) are used in intricate, colorful kimono as well. Fabric is dyed, tied, twisted, stitched, folded and re-dyed to produce complex patterns and images. Each stage, each line and all the colors are carefully planned and placed but there is an element of unpredictability such that the end result is unique.
I tend to dye in bright vivid colors and bold patterns but occasionally like to experiment. As time goes on, my art has begun to reflect the strong light and stark patterns of my high desert home. Bamboo forests have transitioned to the Sierra Nevada and the geology in the Basin and Range. Japanese flowers have become native wildflowers. I was a little worried until I commented to my mom the other day that I wanted to try and make some of my art a little more pastel (and traditional). Her response? “Uh, why?” I guess I’ll just keep doing what I like!
Please enjoy my shop and feel free to contact me if you have questions.