A Dyeing Art
Home Beautiful|November 2021
In their Sidney-based design studio, Pepa Martin and Karen Davis, founders of textile agency Shibori, revel in colour and texture
Harriet Sim

Pepa (left) and Karen framed by the rich colours of their artworks.

AT A GLANCE

Who: Karen Davis and Pepa Martin, resist-dye artists and founders of Sydney-based dye studio, Shibori. What they do: Create beautiful patterned fabric, leather and wallpaper using traditional Japanese dyeing techniques, for both private and commercial spaces. Where: Sydney’s Inner West, NSW. Why they do it: “Creating for us is like an escape,” says Karen. Visit: shibori.com.au. Follow: @shibori_textiles

Prints from Shibori’s latest collection with textiles company Materialised adorn a stack of cushions.

A vessel of indigo dye sits to one side of the studio.

The fluid nature of shibori allows endless possibilities and techniques to unfold.

Knotted fabric resembles jelly fish-like forms and complements the indigo hues of the fabric, creating a magical sea swell on Pepa and Karen’s work bench.

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