Last year I was approached by Deb Cashatt and Kris Sasaki, the Pixeladies about discharging cloth (removing color) as samples for their new book on Furoshiki. Up to that point I had never heard of Furoshiki but I am always game to learn something new and to see my work in print. So I WTS Furoshiki and began to learn about the Japanese art of fabric folding. Think origami but with cloth.
I went on my merry way discharging grey Kona cotton to get this… and black rayon for this …When the book was published I was thrilled to see my work in living color on page 90. I bought four extra copies of the book and gave them to friends. That’s when the fun began. One friend said that other F word commonly came to mind as she attempted Furoshiki! She noted it is important that the cloth be large enough before proceeding. I had also learned that when I tried unsuccessfully to double fold two paperback books.
Then I decided to cover sofa pillows and this is the result. The cloth was a vintage damask tablecloth which I had dyed, discharged and painted 3 years ago for an Art Cloth Network exhibit. It’s languished on the shelf since. It is a beautiful piece but for what purpose? It took me just seconds to cut it in two and then literally five minutes to cover these pillows. One uses the right side of the cloth… and the other the ‘wrong’ side. Voila…furoshiki!
Thanks Deb and Kris!