ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Carol Gustavson holds a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has the rare distinction of being one of the only artists creating Traditional Japanese Shibori* , 絞り染め, in the USA. Her work has received international acclaim and is in collections worldwide. Carol creates both traditional Japanese and original contemporary designs. All work is produced by hand with natural dyes on fine fabrics using centuries old master techniques. Her work reflects more than thirty years in fiber arts including weaving, printing, painting, beading, garment design, embroidery, stump work, sculpture and traditional Hawaiian quilting. She is also a trained traditional kimono maker. Before devoting her career to shibori, Carol was a professional costume designer and wardrobe manager and her work was on permanent display at the Chicago Cultural Center. Her private studio in St. Charles has a prestigious client list including Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Janet Jackson, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Walt Disney Corp., WGN-TV, CBS-TV, Princess Cruise Lines, Amoco Oil Co., American Airlines and private individuals. She is a student and performer of the renown Fujima Shunojo School of Japanese Classical Dance. Her work has been published in numerous feature articles.
*Shibori is a Certified Traditional Art of Japan, rarely produced anymore. Historically reserved for only royalty and the elite, it is still highly prized and revered today with most shibori kimono being displayed in museums.
PHOTO AT LEFT: The artist in traditional kimono prior to a performance of Nihon-Buyo with the Fujima School of Classical Japanese Dance.
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SHIBORI STUDIO Traditional & Contemporary Japanese Shibori Art, Textiles & Garments
2013 EVENTS CALENDAR - E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Exhibition March 16 - APRIL 16, 2013
Artist Opening Reception March 16, 2013 5pm - 9pm
Lecture & Demo Series April 2013
Location: Hutchinson Center for the Arts, Hutchinson, MN
At the Artist Opening Reception on March 16, 2013 the artist will debut her newest creations; a collection of rare, formal Traditional Japanese Shibori Kimono ensembles including "Tsumami Kanzashi" (traditional Japanese hair ornaments). As the only Traditional Japanese Shibori Kimono Artist/Designer in the U.S.A., this will be the first exhibition of its kind in the country. Reception entertainment includes a presentation of Traditional Classical Japanese Dance with the artist's shibori kimono. Michael Shynes, renown independent musician will perform for guests thoughout the evening. Free refreshments will be served.
The exhibition continues until April 16, 2013 and a series of eight lecture/demos will be presented throughout the month of April. All activities are free and open to the public.
The above activities are funded in part by the generosity of the Minnesota State Arts Board. The artist was awarded a 2012 Artist Initiative grant. The artist would like to sincerely thank the Minnesota State Arts Board for their support and interest in Traditional Japanese Shibori.
Carol Gustavson is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Natural Dyeing Biennial in Aichi
December 18 - 24, 2012
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
This renown, juried exhibition maintains a high level of standards and was a resounding success. The artist would like to sincerely thank the Executive Committee for exhibiting her Shibori art "The Color of Nature". Domo arigato gozaimashite!
The artist was a finalist for the 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant.
NOVEMBER 12 & 13, 2011 - WORKSHOPS: Introduction to Shibori and Natural Dyes. Reserve a space for the next workshop. This program was funded in part by a generous grant from the 3M Corporation.
NOVEMBER 4 thru 18, 2011: "IMPERIAL MYSTERY" - An unprecedented exhibition of over sixty shibori art works created with indigo and natural dyes. The art piece "Hana Ai" - created from a single piece of cloth (not 'pieced') is eleven feet long by fifty-five inches & is entirely covered with shibori. Displayed were over twenty-three different shibori techniques including rare techniques & historic Imperial designs.
This activity is made possible is part by a grant to Crow River Arts from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
MAY 12 thru JUNE 15, 2011: KALEIDOSCOPE GALLERY, NEW LONDON, MN
Carol Gustavson exhibited her Traditional Japanese Shibori artworks created with aizome (Japanese indigo dyeing) & kusakizome (Japanese natural organic dyeing).
APRIL 30 thru MAY 31, 2011: HUTCHINSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS EXHIBITION
Carol Gustavson exhibited her Traditional Japanese Shibori artworks created with aizome & kusakizome including a furisode kimono & 62"x109" Shippo-tsunagi Shibori created with kusakizome on linen.
2011 GRANT AWARDED - NEW TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHIBORI COLLECTION AND ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAM:
Carol Gustavson of Shibori Studio was awarded a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council (SMAHC) for the Artist Career Grant Program. The grant aids one new traditional Japanese shibori collection and the following:
APRIL 6-29, 2011: TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SHIBORI, ARTS & CULTURE PROGRAM; ACGC SCHOOL DISTRICT
Carol Gustavson presented an exhibition & program on Traditional Japanese Shibori, Arts & Culture to the ACGC School District. The artist exhibited her Traditional Japanese Shibori artworks created with aizome & kusakizome and her Tsumami Kanzashi creations (traditional Japanese hair ornaments). This unprecedented program encompassed the entire district and school body - 600+ students - from kindergarten through high school grades. Each class was given a presentation on Traditional Japanese Shibori, Arts & Culture, lecture, demonstration on shibori and indigo dyeing. Each class culminated in every student creating their own shibori and dyeing it in indigo. This historic program is the largest of its type and scope held in the U.S.A. with a focus of promoting Traditional Japanese Shibori and supporting the arts in school curriculum.
This activity is made possible is part by a grant from the Southwest Minnesota
Arts & Humanities Council (SMAHC) with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural
Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from
the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
*previous SHIBORI STUDIO EXHIBITIONS 2010*
Natural Dyeing Biennial in Aichi
April 13 - 18, 2010
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
This renown, juried exhibition maintains a high level of standards and was a resounding success!
Carol Gustavson would like to sincerely thank the Executive Committee for exhibiting two of her art pieces. Domo arigato gozaimashite!
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Wonders of the Woven World
December 18, 2009 through January 17, 2010
South Haven Center for the Arts, Michigan, USA
By personal invitation Shibori Studio exhibited seven art pieces. (not on this site). An overwhelming success, Shibori Studio would like to congratulate and thank Ms. Sarah Hess and SHCA.
Keep checking this page as additional exhibitions will be listed here.
Shibori Studio accepts a limited number of lectures/presentations from professional organizations, galleries and museums as scheduling allows. Please enquire.
Note: Shibori Studio is not conducting public workshops or classes at this time. When these events are scheduled, they will be listed here. Time usually only allows one event per year or every two years.
Please e-mail to be added to the waiting list or to request a private event.
Ginza Japanese Festival*: contact the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, Chicago, IL
Osaka Garden Festival, Chicago, IL - email for info.
Fall 2013 - FUJIMA RYU OF CHICAGO / FUJIMA SHUNOJO SCHOOL OF JAPANESE CLASSICAL DANCE Annual Formal Performance, Chicago, IL The Fujima School is the only one of its kind in the U.S. A part of its history are the legendary Kabuki actors Shoroko II and Tatsunosuke. This event is held only once a year and many distinguished guests attend. The entire troupe performs in stunning, full formal kimono. The dancers captivate the audience with their poetry in motion. Fujima Shunojo Sensei ensures each year is entirely different in concept, music, dance and costume. This is extraordinary as Fujima Sensei has been consistently outdoing himself for over 36 years!
*DON'T MISS THE 2013 PERFORMANCE!* In October 2013 FUJIMA RYU OF CHICAGO will celebrate its 37th Anniversary! This will be an incredible event and spectacular performance. It is HIGHLY suggested you reserve a seat as soon as possible after January 1, 2013. Each year is a sell out and seats for 2013 go quickly.
*For information contact Shibori Studio@yahoo.com and your request will be forwarded to the school.
NOTE: The FUJIMA RYU is available for festivals, private and corporate events. Please allow advance notice to ensure availability. For performance, event or class information please e-mail.
ORDERING INFORMATION: There are two types of orders - Private Commission (custom) or in-stock.
SHIBORI TECHNIQUES: Ori-nui, Kanoko, Oke-zome, Shirokage, Awase-nui, Mokume, Boshi, Arashi, Maki-age, Komasu, Yanagi, Hira-nui, Miura, Yamamichi, Karamatsu, Kumo, Ne-maki, Maki-nui, Komasu, Koboshi, Kawamaki, Hinode, Katano, Itajime, Kikko, Miru and others are available.
IN-STOCK: These are a limited, select number of items and all are one-of-a-kind. Please E-mail your interests or questions. Availability, photos and details will be sent.
Sample list of possible items in stock:
Scarves, men's and women's, silk noil, crepe and charmeuse. Beautiful colors and various designs, sizes.
Note: The Kame or SEA-TURTLE hanging wall art is custom order only. This award winning, original design can be ordered in the textile (type of fiber) and color of your choice. As with all shibori, each piece is unique and has its own wonderful variances!
PRIVATE COMMISSION: All other items except In-Stock are custom made, per your requests and preferences. Please send an E-mail indicating the type of item, any specific requirements, interests or details you would like. All custom orders require phone consultations and address to ensure all your needs are fulfilled.
Domo arigato gozaimashita! I would like to personally thank some very special people for their help, support and inspiration.
Fujima Shunojo Sensei (Chicago, IL) for his ability to continually inspire, generously sharing his expertise in the beautiful art of kimono, allowing me to be a part of the Fujima School of Classical Japanese Dance, his kind support and years of friendship.
Richard Forrest for his kind support, generous efforts, sharing Japanese arts and literature and years of friendship.
Fujima Shusen Sensei (Tokyo, Japan) for her wonderful, mesmerizing and inspirational dancing, patient instruction, support and delicious cooking!
Fujima Shuryu (Tokyo, Japan) for his inspiration, support and friendship for so many years.
Helen O'Rourke (Art Institute of Chicago, IL) for introducing Shibori, unselfish teaching dedication, many talents, support, friendship and developing my work to what it is today.
Yoshiko Wada (Berkeley, CA) for her Shibori Bible, author of "SHIBORI - The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing", her expertise and vast knowledge of Shibori and dedication to keeping Shibori alive.