CALLIGRAPHIC KIMONOS: The magic of wearing letters

Nothing is more exciting that transforming a flat piece of calligraphy into a flowing garment. Marks on cloth become even more beautiful when they are wrapped around your body. We will begin with the technicalities. How to prepare your workspace? How to create a composition? Which cloth, paint, and brush? Which styles of calligraphy to use? We will look at the history of calligraphy on clothing in Japan, the Silk Road, and the West, discovering incredible artistic treasures along the way. We will then create our own calligraphic cloth and sew it into kimonos. The final session will be an international catwalk of all your wonderful work!

This online course will consist of three Zoom sessions:

  • First live lesson: Demonstration followed by review of the assignment for you to do in your own time.

  • Second live lesson: Demonstration followed by a special presentation.

  • Third live lesson: Demonstration followed by a live crit session in which work posted by students will be reviewed and discussed.

* Sessions will be recorded and made available to students for a period of 4 months.

Material list

  • We will discuss fabrics and paints in the first lesson, so you do not need to buy your materials before the lesson.

  • One piece of cloth measuring approximately 150cm x 300cm (approximately 60” x 120”). This does not have to be an expensive cloth. Calico and cotton will do. If possible, buy a small piece first and test with fabric paint or diluted acrylic paint to make sure it does not bleed.

  • Variety of brushes (flat brushes and pointed brushes)

  • Fabric paints, India ink, gouache, acrylic matte medium (Pebeo brand matte medium is best).

  • Sewing machine or a friend willing to sew for you (the pattern is very simple!)

* HANDOUTS will be sent a few days before the series begins.

Dates & time

  • April 4, 11, 18 2022
  • 8:00pm Brussels time
  • 2:00pm NY time

  • 4:00am next day Sydney time

* Sessions last approximately 2 hours

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