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Shibori leather with Rachel Dengate – workshops

17 February @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Talented leather artist Rachel Dengate will host workshops on two consecutive Saturdays in February. At workshop one you will learn the skills of Shibori leather dying, come to workshop two and work your piece of beautifully dyed leather into a stylish and functional leather pouch, for dice or other small items. Whether you are captivated by the creative possibilities of Shibori or the allure of leatherwork, you have the freedom to choose to attend one workshop or both, and fully immerse yourself in these crafts.

Workshop One: Explore Shibori Mastery
10:30am – 1:30pm Saturday 17 February

Dive into the intricate world of Shibori, a centuries-old Japanese art form. Under Rachel’s expert guidance you will learn binding, folding, and clamping techniques. Students will be provided with some leather pieces to practice dyeing and a larger piece to prepare for use in the pouch workshop. Notes on the methods taught in the class will also be supplied so you can continue practicing at home.

Workshop Two: Craft Your Leather Pouch
10:30am – 1:30pm Saturday 24 February

Prepare for a creative adventure as you craft your very own leather drawstring pouch for small items. The leather pieces dyed at the Explore Shibori Mastery workshop will set the stage for this exciting session where you will learn the fundamentals of leathercraft including saddle stitch, finishing edges, stamping designs, and setting grommets. A piece of Shibori dyed leather will be supplied if you did not attend workshop one.

Artist Bio: Rachel Dengate is a creative force with a 30-year career spanning various artistic disciplines, including leatherwork, upholstery, signwriting, painting, furniture restoration and fabric dyeing. Rooted in Darug country, she is a prominent figure known for her unique leather art brand. Rachel’s active involvement in artistic communities, such as the NSW Leather Guild, Aussie Leathercrafters, various workshops, markets, and events highlights her commitment to sharing her creativity. Her latest venture involves the art of Shibori dyeing with leather, where she crafts one-of-a-kind pieces using this traditional art form. Rachels beautiful leather products are available for purchase from the Gallery Shop.

Extra info: All the necessary tools and materials will be provided and workshops are tailored to all skill levels. This workshop is designed for adults aged 18 and over, older teenagers (ages 16 and 17) may attend but must be accompanied by a paying adult. There will be a tea and coffee station in the workshop room.

Bring with you: For your comfort, we recommend wearing dark clothing, as indigo dye will be part of the process.

Early Bird price: for bookings before Sunday 28 January.

Workshop 1 only: $75 / $65 InSight Members | Early Bird Price: $70 / $60 InSight Members

Workshop 2 only: $85 / $75 InSight Members | Early Bird Price: $80 / $70 InSight Members

Package price for both workshops: $150 / $130 InSight Members | Early Bird Price: $140 / $120 InSight Members. When booking both workshops for one participant a $10 refund will be issued to you via Eventbrite refunds.

Tickets through Eventbrite.

Please note, InSight members need to add a promo code when booking in order to access the member discount. Please call us on 4780 5410 if you are unsure of your member promo code.


17 February
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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