She designed fabric for costumes in the Lion King and included work with vegetal dyes…something I hadn’t tried before. I entered the workshop with a sense of great anticipation and a healthy curiosity.
A slight, precise, intense woman, Joan reawakened and validated my love of stitching.
Heads bent over our work, we stitched for hours numberswiki.com
before pulling the thread tight, tying just-so knots, and dipping the cotton, linen and silk fabric into dyes made from plant and animals materials. We used techniques that made fabric look like woodgrain – mokume – as well as spider webs and pole-wrapping. For a real treat we started an indigo vat and she taught us proper respect for the process and the virtues of layering color.