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Meeting the Master - Japanese Woodblock Print Dyeing Workshop 4 days

  • $603.70

Instructors:   Tetsuo Koyama and Yuko Yamamoto

Monday to Thursday  (4 day workshop)

September 25 - 28, 2017

103-318 Wale Rd. Colwood, BC (classroom entrance on Wale Road) 
Parking under the building.

10 am to 5 pm

Price includes fabrics, pigments, glues, and use of various brushes, stretcher bars, steamer and other rental tools.

Prices include indicated supplies and all applicable taxes.

Register by September 9, 2017.

This exciting workshop provides a unique opportunity to learn about authentic Japanese woodblock print fabric dyeing through face to face dialogue with Master Tetsuo Koyama, visiting from Japan.  You will also create your own textile piece. Please do not miss this extremely rare four-day intensive workshop.

Tetsuo encourages the students to make their own designs by exploring their frames of mind, imagery and themes; he says that each person will naturally discover their own expression using just a small number of woodblocks. He also brings samples for some students who might prefer to work from the designs by Tetsuo. In that case the students will still have a lot of opportunity to be original - they will choose colours to dye and print with woodblocks in their own way.

Anyone who likes creating woodblock print dyeing is welcome. Instructors will assist participants who need specific help in the process of creating their final pieces.

Prior to the four-day workshop, registered  participants will be provided one orientation session by Yuko Yamamoto,  fabric artist and Tetsuo’s teaching assistant, who lives on Vancouver Island. 

Orientation session: Sept 9, Saturday 1 - 3:30 pm at the Coast Collective Art Centre

If registrants are unable to attend the orientation session,  Yuko will be happy make contact by phone or email to discuss the class. Yuko will guide students in preparing their own designs to bring to the first day of the workshop. 

As well, Yuko will be doing a demonstration of these techniques at the Coast Collective  Art Centre on June 30, 2017 starting at 1 pm. This will be an opportunity to view the techniques and chat about the September workshop.

Content of the four-day workshop

This workshop introduces various traditional tools and materials, such as rice glue resist, Nori-zutsu (a utensil to draw with the rice glue resist) and shinshi (resilient bamboo bars to stretch a sheet of fabric). Students will decorate a 15” x 20” piece of fine cotton fabric using these traditional tools. The contents of the four-day workshop are as follows:

Day 1: After the final discussion of each design, trace the design onto a fabric using a brush and spiderwort extract. Trace the patterns onto yellow cedar and then carve woodblocks.

Day 2: Mix colours of the pigment and print patterns with woodblocks.

Day 3: Mask the patterns with rice glue.

Day 4: Apply base coat and background dye. Steam the fabric to set the dye; wash the glue off.

Supplies to be brought by students:  small hammer to chisel; small carving tools - can be purchased at Lee Valley next door to Coast Collective (see the thumbnail images below main for photo of recommended tools.) Bring your own tools if similar. 

If you have any questions before registering, please email Yuko Yamamoto at or

Learn more:

The film about the workshop in 2014 “ the Master’s Hands”:

About Master Tetsuo and Yasuie Koyama : 

Process of Master Koyama’s woodblock print dyeing:

Meeting the Master - Japanese Woodblock Print Dyeing Workshop 4 days

Meeting the Master - Japanese Woodblock Print Dyeing Workshop 4 daysMeeting the Master - Japanese Woodblock Print Dyeing Workshop 4 days

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The Coast Collective Arts Centre is a cultural enterprise

of the Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI)

The Coast Collective Arts Centre is a dynamic, inspiring centre promoting art and culture, connecting community members of all ages through creative expression and explorations. Gallery exhibits bring the works of talented emerging and established Canadian artists and artisans to the public at an accessible location. An Artisan Gift Shop showcases juried handmade works that celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of Southern Vancouver Island. Exceptional, innovative, international-calibre instructors encourage the pursuit of excellence and fun for artists of all ages and abilities.

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