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Peyton Evans Artist in Residence (PEAR) Aaron Cobbett shares his love and knowledge of textiles in a class that takes tie-dyeing to an entirely new level. Shibori is an ancient dyeing technique originating in Japan, dating back to the 8th century. Traditionally utilizing indigo dye, the process encompasses different ways of folding and binding fabric to create resists. The resulting patterns can be seen as stand-alone masterpieces, or can be incorporated into larger designs. Cobbett honors the past but brings a contemporary take to the practice.
All supplies included.
Meet Your Instructor
Aaron Cobbett spent his late teens and early 20’s working in high fashion, as a window dresser at Bergdorf Goodman by day, and in underground East Village drag scene by night. In the mid 90’s, he became known for his stylized, color-saturated images of nightlife personas, transgender performers, drag queens, sex workers and porn stars. His images became an important and immediately recognizable part of the contemporary queer cultural canon. Creating costumes and fabricated sets has been the mainstay of his process from the beginning. In 2014 he shifted his focus towards textiles, developing techniques of rendering his images in fabric, eventually making lens-based quilts. His work has been shown in New York at The FIT Museum, The Leslie-Lohman Museum, The New York Historical Society, and The Louvre, among others. His work in photography has been featured in Vanity Fair and Vogue, among others.