Shibori is an ancient textile dyeing technique. It consists of protecting certain areas of a fabric previous to dyeing by folding, sewing, clamping, binding or knotting. During the dye bath, the dye tries to reach the fiber and bond to it. Patterns are created where the dye has been prevented from reaching the fibre. The effects vary from the sharpness of a line to the softness of watercolour. In shibori there is always an element of surprise, because the process cannot be totally controlled.
Stitching, on the other hand, is a technique that allows for much greater control. It is very similar to drawing. Lines and colour can be added independently from the resist-dye process. Stitching allows to bring light to a dark surface. It also allows to place colours adjacent to each other with total freedom; in contrast, colours obtained through successive dyeing will always be interdependent.
These pieces were created as a dialogue between the more spontaneous arrangement of the shibori patterns in the dyed cloth and the controlled intervention of line and colour through stitched thread. Stitching is there to delimit, set boundaries, shape space, and complete the suggestive pattern of the dyed cloth. Although abstract in nature, these textiles evoke concrete images which are familiar to all from our everyday world.