Instructor Highlights: Katrin Reifeiss
One of the best things about spending time at the Textile Arts Center is that it is a crossroads for many artists and designers. I have met all different types of people with varying practices. Our instructors make our students come back for more and, for this reason, the TAC blog will be posting “Instructor Highlights” to focus specifically on the great work of the instructors our students are learning with!
Designing her first collection in 2006, Katrin Reifeiss has a beautiful line of Shibori dyed dresses, skirts and accessories. Her works are individually and uniquely dyed in her studio. She also works with a talented group of small businesses in NYC’s garment district for fabrication. She spent some time traveling to Cambodia in 2010, where she worked with the Silk Lab Project, a fair trade, not for profit business, to help set disadvantaged women up with the tools to create their own economies.
Katrin, working out of Brooklyn NY, dyes mostly in the shibori technique.
Shibori is a Japanese shaped-resist dye process. in order to create patterns in the fabric, the cloth is tied and wrapped in many ways, and them placed in the dye baths. “Shibori gives fabric a three-dimensional form by folding, crumpling, stitching, plaiting, or plucking and twisting. Shibori is not tie-dye; with Shibori the dyer works in concert with the materials, to give them full expression”.
Katrin will be teaching a Japanese Shibori with Indigo class at both locations this fall!
NYC LOCATION- September 5 – 28, on Mondays from 6:30-9:30PM
BROOKLYN LOCATION- November 6 – December 4, on Sundays from 2:30-5:30PM