It seems crazy to us that we throw away the most twinkly part of a gift: The wrapping paper and ribbons. Not only is it sad to deep-six someone’s hard work (hey, wrapping gifts is hard for some people. A friend told us), think of all the waste ending up in a landfill somewhere. We think it’s high time we started reusing that gift packaging, and hey, while we’re at it, let’s make it look really cool, too, so it’s actually part of the gift. What a novel concept.
Let local weaver and textile worker Margot Becker guide you through the process of shibori, a textile dyeing technique that originated in Japan. By using folding and binding, you will transform a piece of cotton into a work of art, something you would be proud to wrap a gift in. Perhaps something you bought from Basilica Farm & Flea, hint hint. Here’s an example of shibori:
Margot Becker’s Reusable Gift Packaging Workshop takes place at the Basilica Farm & Flea (110 S. Front Street, Hudson) on Sunday, November 29, from 1:30-3pm. The workshop costs $45 and includes all materials needed to make your own take-home shibori dyed cotton fabric gift wrap. Give it to a friend with a gift inside it, and tell them to reuse the packaging. Is it regifting? Sure, but in this case, we don’t think anyone will complain. Pre-register here.
The Basilica Farm & Flea kicks off this Friday, November 27 and ends Sunday, November 29 and features a zillion vendors (and food, too!). The makers market and fair also offers two other workshops on Sunday on jewelry making and beginner lamp construction.