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Cathy Vigor to Demonstrate ‘Shibori’ Silk Dyeing Techniques at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Tuesday, 04 09, 2013

Gwen Heffner
gwen.heffner@ky.gov
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 X 230

On Saturday, April 13, fiber artist Cathy Vigor, of Lexington, will demonstrate “Shibori” silk dyeing techniques for visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

For her demonstration, Vigor will be designing silk using both resist dye and Shibori techniques. Shibori is a resist technique from Japan in which areas of cloth are wrapped or bound before the fabric is dyed. Vigor will take a solid-color length of silk and wrap it around a pole or dowel, tie string around the fabric, compress it, and then place it in a dye bath. The wrapping will create patterns in the silk. She will also demonstrate resist dying using a wax resist that is stamped onto the silk and then dyed. These techniques can be repeated over and over for more complex designs.

Born in Covington, Ky., Vigor grew up in Delaware, Ohio, where her father was the head of the drama department at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a child, she traveled to Indiana University, where on Saturdays her father worked on his doctoral degree and where Vigor took art classes. During these art classes she became aware of the world of weaving and looms, and her journey with fiber and color began.

Vigor was taught to sew and work with fabric by one of her maternal aunts, and her interest in art continued through college. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with a focus on design. She went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in art from Morehead State University, and took Art Education classes from the University of Kentucky. Vigor taught art in the Boyd County schools and is recently retired from teaching.

Works by Vigor are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The center currently features works by more than 650 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A special exhibit, “The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea: Celebrating 10 Years,” is on display through Aug. 24. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.