John Marshall Teaches Sarasa Vegetable Prints


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John Marshall Teaches Sarasa Vegetable Prints

This October, we are very excited for the new virtual class: John Marshall Teaches Sarasa Vegetable Prints! Explore traditional Japanese surface design using everyday and exotic vegetables to print Sarasa-inspired designs.  Sarasa originates from the Indian calico and chintz prints that Portugese traders brought to Japan in the 17th century.  The patterns were immensely popular but very expensive. Japanese artisans created their own designs. They were inspired by the imported cloth using katazome and woodblock printing.  Our friend John Marshall puts a twist on the venerable print-making techniques. He uses seasonal vegetables as part of the creative toolkit.  Therefore, the result is charming and quirky. Additionally, it’s perfect for printing table linens and gifts for the holidays.

John will guide you through the complete process from start to finish. This includes fabric choice, layout, design repeats, carving. You also use natural dyes, pigments and embellishments to create your own unique patterns.

Workshop details

This online Zoom workshop will take place over 4 Saturdays in October 2022 via Zoom. Plus there is a follow up session in November.  Therefore, workshop dates are October 1, 8, 15 and 22 with a follow-up on November 5.

Each session is two hours in length and quite intensive. You’ll get the most out of the program if you follow along as John presents his carefully prepared video clips. Then, at your own leisure, try your hand in the comfort of your own studio. This format will allow you to view up-close details in a manner not possible in live classes. Additionally, we post recordings of the Zoom sessions and chat online the same day. They remain up for you to review 3 full months.

The workshop includes a materials pack. It is chock full of unique and hard to source art tools, dyes and pigments, many from Japan. Postage is included in the kit for US students only.  So we will contact international students with shipping information.

All workshops begin at 10AM Pacific and adjourn at 12 noon Pacific.  All workshop sessions will be recorded. Recordings are available to registered students for 3 months after the workshop.

About John Marshall

John Marshall is an American fiber artist. He specializes in natural dyes and the traditional Japanese techniques of katazome (stencil dyeing) and tsutsugaki (cone drawing). John began his lifelong fascination with Japanese textiles as a young man. He grew up in a Japanese American farm community outside of Sacramento. Through his close friendships, he traveled to Japan. John studied textiles, dyeing and other arts, becoming expert in techniques and color. He is internationally noted for his use of color and line. He creates truly unique one-of-a-kind art-to-wear. John turns traditionally inspired aesthetics into contemporary treasures for daily life. As a teacher, he is recognized for his ability to adapt traditional recipes and methods to suit local climates, resources, and temperaments. In addition, he is noted for his ability to distill complex techniques into easy-to-understand steps.  We are always so pleased to have John join us for these special workshops.


This workshop is open to all levels.

International students

International students are welcome!  Please note that we will contact you for shipping details to send your workshop materials via DHL.

Cancellation policy

All sales are final and non-refundable. In the event that you miss a session, the workshop will be recorded and available for review.

Installment Payment Plan

Installment payment plans are available.  Please email [email protected] for details.


Did you see John on our FEEDBACK FRIDAY? Watch the recording here.


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