Kay Faulkner, ‘Give them voice’ (detail), 2018. Hand-woven shibori on woven cloth, cotton and triacetate/acrylic, stitched, dyed with pomegranate (local), permanently pleated. Courtesy: the artist and Redland Art Gallery, QLD
More than 20 years ago, woven shibori was launched onto the world stage by Catharine Ellis of North Carolina, USA and Kay Faulkner of Birkdale, Australia. Their research occurred independently and simultaneously. At Convergence 1998, an international weaving conference in Atlanta USA, Ellis taught the first workshop on woven shibori and Faulkner had the first article published in Weavers magazine. When they met, they discovered many parallels, and since then Ellis and Faulkner have continued a friendship forged by an ongoing fascination with the process and a willingness to share. In many ways their approaches are similar while in others they are very different.