Shibori : Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing workshop with Rhyannan Hall


Sat 02 Apr 2022 14:00 - 17:00

Book Before 17:00 Fri 01 Apr 2022

Fee: £30 | Platform: ZOOM

Shibori : Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing workshop with Rhyannan Hall

Shibori is the Japanese art of shaped-resist dyeing, it is a great teacher of mindfulness, slowing down and learning to take the unexpected things that come our way. 

Following the popular talk session of Shibori in August and Sashiko workshop in November, Japanese textile artist Rhyannan Hall will return to HYPER JAPAN to share her knowledge and expertise on Shibori.

In this workshop we will take a brief introduction into 2 traditional ways to stitch and create patterns. We will learn ‘Hanawa’ and ‘Karamatsu’ Shibori methods through a combination of close-up videos and live tuition from textile artist Rhyannan Hall. The Shibori kit (details below) contains organic cotton which you can practise on first and an organic bamboo scarf which you can use to create a final design. 

Before you come make sure you have a few needles and some thread ready! Please bring a notepad. Instructions for using the indigo dye will be sent to you and the videos will be available after the workshop. 

If you choose to use your own fabrics instead of purchasing the kit please use a mid-weight, close woven textile that is 100% cotton or linen. You will need to prepare indigo dye and auxillaries for dyeing.

Date:                            2nd April 2022, Saturday
Time:                           14:00-17:00 BST (3 hours lesson, short breaks in between)
Instructor’s profile:    Rhyannan Hall
Online tool:                 ZOOM (link will be sent to you before your workshop**)
Max Number:              20

Ticket Price (to participate the workshop):

  • £30 – Single person ticket

Above Ticket sales will close at 5pm on 1st April 2022, Friday.

Add-on Options for Shibori kit (available for the mainland U.K. residents only):

  • Shibori Kit : £52 – including 50cm x 140cm high quality organic cotton sateen fabric, 1x bamboo scarf, magic wash away marker pen, indigo dye and auxiliaries for dyeing.  (see the details and photos below)

(Incl. first class shipping fee inside the mainland UK. Please see below for the kit details and photos.)
Shibiri kit sales will close at 5pm on 25th March 2022, Friday.

You will need to purchase a Single Ticket to participate Rhyannan’s workshop. Shibiri kit is ONLY available to purchase along with a Single ticket and only available for the mainland U.K. residents. Please send us an email prior to your purchase for any questions.

Note: We can only process a refund for the kit, only if requested within 14days after your purchase – as specified in our T&C – and you return the kit in its original condition to Rhyannan in case she has already dispatched to you.

Precautions: Over 14 years old

** Please read our Terms and Conditions before you purchase your tickets: Terms and Conditions for HYPER JAPAN ONLINE EVENTS
** If you don’t receive any information one day before the class, please send an email here:
** This online session will NOT be recorded to protect the privacy of workshop participants.

Workshop kit you will need for the class in addition to the “Shibori” kit

Please prepare this equipment by yourself before the workshop starts.

  1. A few sizes needles
  2. scissors and threads. Extra strong thread is recommended, but we can work with weaker thread if you have a needle with a big eye.
  3. You will also need a table and good lighting, too.

If you are not purchasing the Shibori kit from Rhyannan, please prepare your own fabrics – mid-weight, close woven textile that is 100% cotton or linen and indigo dye and auxiliaries for dyeing.

You will receive an exclusive instruction video for using the indigo dye after the workshop.  Rhyannan will be happy to provide feedback on your Shibori by sending your work to HYPER JAPAN once you have finished.

💫Add-on Option – Shibori kit – 💫

  1. 50cm x 140cm high quality organic cotton sateen fabric
  2. 1x bamboo scarf
  3. Magic wash away marker pen
  4. Indigo dye
  5. Auxiliaries for dyeing


Rhyannan Hall


Japanese Textile Artist

Oxidate Design

Rhyannan’s work is an inventive reimagining of a 140-year-old Japanese textile dyeing method called ‘Arashi Shibori’. Seeing the potential for this craft to become an expressive art form, she has been practising arashi since 2014 – always experimenting with different materials, media and methods. There is a world of possibility. She brings a fresh angle to this esoteric craft by adding a dash of Bristol – the art, the politics, the music.

Operating under the moniker ‘Oxidate Design’, she produces fine art textiles, commercial textiles and leads workshops. Her work Eraser was on show at the Toyama Museum of Art and Design (Japan) as part of the prestigious inter-national KOGEI award – which celebrates innovation in artisan crafts. Since then, she has been awarded a grant by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great British Sasakawa Foundation for travel and research in Japan in 2022.
You can often find Rhyannan hiding in her ‘Art Cave’ which is located in The Island on Nelson Street. Concocting alchemical potions of synthetic and plant-based colours, she creates a palette of taste and rhythm and feeling.

In a previous life, she was a textile artist for theatre, film and TV. She has trained under artists from the Royal Opera House and worked for clients such as the Dominion Theatre, Red Bull and Mushroom from Massive Attack.

Rhyannan will host Itajime Shibori workshops at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2022. Itajime Shibori is a Japanese method of ‘tie and dye’ that makes mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. Join her to take one special piece to take home with you.


‘Arashi Shibori’ is a specific and refined ‘tie-and-dye’ technique. Cloth is first wrapped around a pole, bound with thread, then compressed and dyed. In its most basic form, it creates a striped pattern but are over 400 distinct patterns.
Rhyannan has often wondered why she is so enamored by this peculiar method. Perhaps it is the name that seduces her. ‘Arashi’ means storm, as the traditional form looks like rainfall being driven by wind. Climate change weighs heavy on her mind: the environmental destruction caused by the fashion industry, built on a bedrock of social injustice. She told us “There is a radical political potential in textiles- we need a new approach to textiles, one for a socially just and environmentally regenerative future.”
Perhaps it is because ‘arashi’ epitomises a delicate balance between control and chaos – the tight-rope that we all walk in life. She pleats her cloth so carefully, binds her poles so precisely, and gives in to the chaotic unknown of a dye vat. “It is a deep life lesson in letting go. Sometimes I try to ruin my work, but it comes out looking better.”
Perhaps it is also the element of surprise – you can never tell how a finished shibori will look until you open it, and once opened you can never go back. Nothing is perfect, nothing is finished, everything comes to an end.
Whatever it is that keeps her obsessed, she insisted they are made with both love and with rage.

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