In 2011, I wanted to post with more regularity on the blog (we'll see how that goes) and that includes highlighting work from some of our readers -- some new to shibori and some very seasoned. It's always a thrill to hear from people who have just begun experimenting with shibori in all its complexities and to seethis technique inspire more people. So, with that, let's begin...
Shipra writes to us from India: I got interested in Shibori after a workshop I took in Jaipur. I, along with my friend, started practising it, mostly from Ms. Wada's book. It has been very enriching experience. We have been practising it for last one and a half year. I am thankful to you for amazingly informative book and a lovely website. www.irresistibleresist.blogspot.com
SUZUSAN.e.K. featured in Stijlvol Wonen
Popular Dutch shelter magazine "Stijlvol Wonen" (Stylish Living) recently featured shibori lamps produced by Hiroshi Murase from his line, SUZUSAN.e.K. Very stylish, indeed. www.suzusan-shibori.com
Michelle Victoria McGrath
Michelle Victoria McGrath is a graduate from the University of Wales Newport. A few years ago, she gave up her full time job as a teacher to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Three years of schooling later, she won the Ryder Cup Fashion Show competition and training with Paul Costelloe in LFW 2011. Michelle is currently setting up her own label, MVM, which will be based in Wales. www.michellevictoriamcgrath.com
Paris American Academy
And a final note from our wonderful friend, Peter Carman, Director of Paris American Academy (PAA) and former host of the ISS in France (2008). They launched a new website and it looks GREAT! If ever you're in Paris and want to see a top-notch fashion academy, head to PAA. And before you do, see what new things might be happening: check out their Current Events section on the web. www.parisamericanacademy.fr