Studio session: Heat-set Shibori - Materiality and Form

Duration: 2.5 hours
Workshop16+ Years
28 April & 25 May 2019, 2-4:30pm Powerhouse Museum Book Tickets

Hone your skills in these expert-led textiles workshops, drawing directly on the themes and techniques within the Akira Isogawa exhibition.

Studio Session: Heat-set Shibori

Unravel the mystery behind sculptural heat set shibori fabric and create a truly unique 3 dimensional fabric artwork.

Learn the art of ancient Japanese Shibori techniques used to add texture and pattern through wrapping, twisting, pleating, folding, and binding fabric into shape.  Discover the magnificence of thermoplastic modern fabrics and how to set your sculpted piece in place while maintaining the soft movement of fabric.


Suitable for beginners and advanced dyers.


Practice fabric to sample techniques.

A piece of fabric to create a wall hanging or artwork to take home.


Everything is provided but you are welcome to bring and lightweight polyester or silk fabric to experiment.


Pepa Martin and Karen Davis are the founders of boutique fabric house Shibori, exploring the ancient Japanese art of shibori on modern fabrics for commercial and artistic projects. Pepa and Karen met in design school at East Sydney Technical College in 2004. Since then they’ve been refining their own version of shibori, travelling to Japan to study with masters and contemporising traditional techniques.

Image credit: Shibori (Pepa Martin and Karen Davis) 


MAAS Member Adult$50
MAAS Member Concession$45

Please note Studio Sessions are designed as Adult Workshops for attendees 16 years and older. All materials are provided and included in the cost.

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Powerhouse Museum venue page, including:

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Exhibition Events

Akira Isogawa

15 December 2018 – 30 June 2019

Known for his fusion of Asian tradition with Australian ease, Akira Isogawa is one of our country’s most loved and celebrated designers.
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