Pepa Martin and Karen Davis are the founders of Shibori textiles, a boutique textile agency; renowned for pushing the boundaries of this ancient Japanese craft. By exploring and modernizing old techniques on modern fabrics the pair injects a strong design element into their work making an old craft new again.
Shibori fabrics have been used by some of Australia’s top designers in both fashion and interiors and their hand dyed leathers and commercial fabrics and wallpapers can be seen in venues all over the world.
Authors of Shibori Recreated: shibori in the 21st century which documents the reinvention and recreation of the ancient Japanese art of shibori and “Tie Dip dye” (Thames and Hudson) a beginner dyeing book targeted at a new generation of dyers who value subtle and modern designs.
Pepa and Karen regularly host workshops at their studio in Stanmore as well as other venues all over the city.
As well as teaching, Shibori textiles has a range of commercial and upholstery fabrics produced by textile company “Sparkk” and easy to hang wallpaper range by “Milton and King”. They have also collaborated on a collection of prints with Design company “The Designer Boys”.
With the flexibility of their trade, the pair has collaborated on some unique projects including; a full scale dip dyed hot air balloon, fabric inlayed surf boards made by McTavish and Sibella Court as well as a home wares range with Lee Mathews.