Once a year John opens his studio in rural Mendocino County to host classes.
    With an abundance of space, both indoors and out, you will be able to work in comfort. You will be welcome to make use of John's large library of Japanese art and textile books. This, coupled with an abundance of textile samples, will leave you saturated with new ideas and inspiration.
    To sign up for classes simply fill out the application form (you may access it by clicking on the icon, above, left).
Tsujigahana is a very ancient form of Japanese dyeing combining the soft, fuzzy edges of stitched shibori with the crisp lines of direct hand painting. You may be familiar with this process through the exhibitions and publications of Itchiku Kubota.    
   The materials fee includes silk, dyes and all other consumable materials required. In addition, it includes the use of equipment, reference materials, and everything else needed in class.  Tuition (three days): $300. Materials fee: $60
The three programs listed below may be taken independently of each other, or consecutively, as you wish. With that in mind, I will be teaching each class in two tiers - one for those taking a class as a solo experience this go around, and the other so that the participant may work with more involved, longer goals in mind.
   Katazome students continuing on to the first indigo class will have the option of preparing katazome pieces to finish off in a range of indigo techniques, for which there just isn’t enough time to attempt in the katazome class alone.
   Students taking both indigo classes will be able to start with the broad range of basics and then build upon and combine them in the advanced class.
   Special project planning sessions will be scheduled for those students up for all three courses. This will allow you leave with a well thought out, individualized project by the end of your stay here.
This course is designed as an intensive look at katazome for those artists seeking a hands-on experience in paste-resist techniques. Participants will be taught individually as well as collectively, giving each participant a chance to work with the instructor on areas of interest. Working in the instructor's studio offers the emerging dye artist a unique opportunity to observe John at work first hand and to take advantage of a wide range of materials and equipment from John ’s private collection.
    The materials fee includes silk, paste, stencil materials, dyes and all other consumable materials required. In addition, it includes the use of many of the artist's stencils, brushes, stretching equipment, and everything else needed in class. Participants will also have access to a great many reference materials from John ’s vast collection.
Tuition (six days): $600. Materials fee: $150
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As part of the Blackberry Festival, John will open his courtyard to the public with a wide range of his own hand-dyed textiles on display, as well as a visual feast of Japanese textiles and treasures. A good opportunity to purchase items not ordinarily offered to the public.
  Josh and Maren from Above the Fray will be joining John this year - a rare treat!
 A whirlwind course in making a vat from fresh indigo and exploring clamp resist, paste resist, direct painting and string resist.
    John’s newly renovated indigo studio features huge clay vats, lots of work space, and excellent light in an Old West atmosphere. Everything you will need for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in indigo!
Tuition (three days): $300
Materials Fee: $100 - covers all supplies needed in class.
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August 22, 23, and 24  
Building upon the basics of working with natural indigo we will be covering how to start your own fermentation vats using both sukumo and pigment (chinden) based recipes and producing our own chinden from both fresh and dried leaves from my garden.
   In addition to all this, I will be introducing Japanese methods for discharging indigo. Combining vat dyeing, direct-paint application, and discharge techniques allow for truly marvelous creations.
Tuition (three days): $300
Materials Fee: $100 - covers all supplies needed in class.
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John will be offerng a lively talk on what went into prparing his limited edition collection of indigo dyed textiles:
Thursday evening, August 22m 7pm
(free to students enrolled in the class)
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