I would like to introduce a technique of how to print patterns on fabric with small woodblocks. This method was invented by a Japanese kimono fabric-making master, Tetsuo Koyama, who visited Cowichan Valley twice to pass on his expertise. I was his former student as well as his assistant when he taught this fabric art work on Vancouver Island. I look forward to working with anyone who would like to experience this method for the first time. I also welcome people who have taken Master Koyama’s course/courses before.
I will provide pieces of fabric, pigments and other tools. The only thing I would like you to bring is a small hammer. Since you will not have time to make your own woodblocks in this three-hour session, I will carve some woodblock pieces in simple shapes, such as triangles, circles, ellipses, trapezoids etc. and bring them for you. Please enjoy improvising and composing your own unique patterns using a limited number of woodblocks in different shapes and multicolour pigments.You will be surprised at how one simple woodblock could make beautiful patterns.
A person who can apply a pigment using brush on a woodblock piece, print on fabric using a hammer can enjoy this technique. I will bring multi-colour origami paper so that the participants can arrange them on a sheet of fabric and design a piece in a short time – so the participants do not need to prepare design beforehand.
More information about this technique can be found here. The Film “The Master’s Hands” linked in the menu on the right-hand side of the page includes some footage of carving and printing with cedar blocks.