'The wanderbeutel' is a practical carry-all for wandering artists, with room for notebooks, pencils and brushes, water jars and collecting bags.
This patched and pieced bag grew from explorations of the traditional Japanese tsunobukuro shape :: tweaking it to give it a belly along with useful internal and external pockets. In making it, we spend time sifting the poetics of place through printing and dyeing our cloth with local colour, imbuing our cloth with memory and meaning. We cover the fundamentals of bundle dyeing, explore slow stitch practice. Though we literally work on our laps, the techniques learned may be applied to larger projects when participants return to their own studios.
We will complete one bag in class, and begin work on a second [using leftover materials] to take forward as a travel project. As usual, a little poetry may find its way into the week.