shindo banner

24hs Shindigo Square Series, Hiroyuki Shindo, linen, handspun and handwoven, indigo, 4.5' x 4.5', 1993, $5,800

shindo banner

18hs Shindigo Space II, Hiroyuki Shindo, linen, handspun and handwoven, indigo dye7’ x 33", 1998, $3,000

shindo banner

21hs Hemp & Cotton, Hiroyuki Shindo, linen, handspun and handwoven, indigo dye, 82" x 44", 1998, $3,000

shindo ball

1sh Medium Indigo Thread Balls, Hiroyuki Shindo 15cm, linen, cotton, indigo dye, BACKORDERED

Selected permanent collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Modern Art (Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles – traveling exhibition); Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Nether-lands; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (Textile Magicians); Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan; Museum of Textiles, Toronto, Canada; LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York.

hiroyuki shindo indigo ball in box

Indigo Box with Yellow Ball
, Hiroyuki Shindo, linen, handspun, and handwoven, indigo, 9" x 9" x 9", 2002

I have developed my own system for indigo dyeing, which utilizes wide flat troughs in which I lay small stones. As I pour the dye into the trough, I watch carefully as the indigo is drawn slowly into the fabric. The resulting gradations of hues of blue – from nearly invisible shadows to areas of nearly black – are a happy combination of natural process and my own invention.

In my exploration of indigo dyeing I have discovered that the white in each work – whether handwoven cotton or linen or a mixture of both – is as great a concern as the dyed portion. If the white is not brilliant enough, or the undyed portion is not of the right proportion, the balance is broken, and so I insist: white is as important to my work as is indigo.

Hiroyuki Shindo

Textile Magicians from Cristobal Zanartu

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