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North Country Shifu, teaching

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Space is limited: Please RSVP with Naomi Velasquez at 208-282-3527

Community members, students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome!

Shifu is a spun and woven paper textile, a Japanese tradition born out of poverty and making-do. North Country Shifu is my take on that Japanese tradition, mixing my understanding of textile, paper, and book into objects that demand haptic exploration and enjoyment. In this two-day workshop you will process handmade kozo, lokta, or other similar papers into a thread, making kami-ito. You will build you own small loom, a stump loom, and thread and weave your kami-ito into a textile. We will explore ways of displaying and using your kami-ito and shifu, including book structures and other objects. You will leave the class with a passel of knowledge, new spinning and weaving skills, and ideas to put shifu into practice in your work.

Velma’s visit is funded by grants from the Cultural Events Committee and the Bistline Foundation. 

Earlier Event: March 28
Speaking of Shifu, lecture
Later Event: August 25
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts