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The Lookout & Wonderland fiber art project is a concentrated focus on the exploration of the applied arts.  The mission is to create a range of multi-use textiles that allow the viewer to become an active participant in the form and function of the artwork. With the ultimate goal being the creation of a life that is the ideal work of art.

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Intro to Natural Dyes

NIKI LIVINGSTON

Natural Dyes 101

Sunday, July 30

12-4pm

Chinatown, LA

Come learn the foundation of natural dyeing.
 

We will explore creating color with botanical based dyes from our local environment, as well as traditional ancient dyes used the world over.

Learn all the steps it takes to create wash and light fast colors on various fibers and how use modifiers to shift color hues.

You will be dyeing one silk bandana and swatches of cotton and linen to take home and transform into a personal project.
 

Class fee $100 + $25 material fee

Please RSVP and provide payment through Paypal contact@lookoutandwonderland.com or Venmo @lookoutandwonderland to hold your space

if you don't use either of the above, just email me :)
 

Really looking forward to this one!

Much love,
 

niki

INDIGO INTENSIVE IN MARIN AT NEVE/HAWK

NIKI LIVINGSTON

I'm super excited to come up to Marin to teach all about creating and working with Organic Natural Indigo. The intensive has been rescheduled for Saturday May 20.

Come spend the day immersed in the history, alchemy and beauty of the natural Indigo plant, examine the sacred tradition of creating indigo vats, as well as the delicate process of indigo dyeing with expert dyer, Niki Livingston of Lookout & Wonderland. You will also learn hands on how to create two types of chemical free, food grade organic indigo vats that are easy to create at home for a day of dyeing. Then learn the foundation techniques of the art of shibori, along with the conceptual ideas surrounding surface design concerning ready made garments and flat surfaces. Bring a few small pieces to dye and experience the magic of indigo! 

More information and sign up HERE

FORAGED NATURAL DYE CLASS IN MARIN

NIKI LIVINGSTON

My Foraged Natural Dye class at Neve/Hawk has been rescheduled for Friday May 19th.

Learn to look at your neighborhood with new eyes by extracting color from local trees and plants. Come explore the colors you can create by working with fresh plant matter that dyer Niki Livingston of Lookout & Wonderland foraged from our local area. Discover the mordanting process of preparing fabric for taking up extracted botanical color and ways of manipulating color by applying post mordants. 

More information and sign up HERE

THE LONG AWAITED RETURN OF INDIGO 102

NIKI LIVINGSTON

We'll be going deeper into indigo dyeing. With indigo and shibori 101, you learned about the history, sacred aspects and tradition of indigo dyeing, the basics and history of shibori and an introduction to using an indigo vat.   This class will be learning all about proper dyeing technique and how to build color. How to work with your indigo vat and the steps needed to created even, wash and light-fast color and the darker indigos. Bring the project you've been dreaming about creating and we'll work it from start to finish.   This class will focus on the actual dyeing process. We will dedicate the beginning portion of the class to creating your planned resist and then dive into spending the rest of the day in the practice of indigo dyeing.   Please bring lunch with you. Snacks and tea will be provided.   Class is from 11-3ish $150   Please email me and then venmo or paypal the fee to reserve your space.

We'll be going deeper into indigo dyeing.
With indigo and shibori 101, you learned about the history, sacred aspects and tradition of indigo dyeing, the basics and history of shibori and an introduction to using an indigo vat.
 
This class will be learning all about proper dyeing technique and how to build color. How to work with your indigo vat and the steps needed to created even, wash and light-fast color and the darker indigos.

Bring the project you've been dreaming about creating and we'll work it from start to finish.
 

This class will focus on the actual dyeing process.

We will dedicate the beginning portion of the class to creating your planned resist and then dive into spending the rest of the day in the practice of indigo dyeing.
 

Please bring lunch with you.

Snacks and tea will be provided.
 

Class is from 11-3ish
$150
 

Please email me and then venmo or paypal the fee to reserve your space.

Lookout & Wonderland residency at Palm Springs Art Museum

NIKI LIVINGSTON

We are delighted to announce our residency at the Palm Springs Art Museum. For the month of March we will be activating various areas throughout the museum to create dialogue and dive into connecting through process. Please join us in examining our practice via contemplation the self and the effects of experience on consciousness, personal flag building, exploring color making and various forms of nonverbal communication

Indigo & Shibori 101

NIKI LIVINGSTON

When: Saturday Feb, 18th 11-3pm What you'll learn: How to create and properly use two types of food grade indigo vats A basic introduction to the art of shibori and how to apply it to a three dimensional surface What to bring: a few smaller side (tee/scarf/pillowcase/napkins) pre-washed items made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)  nothing large or bulky (no blankets/sweatshirts) What to wear: Old clothes and shoes you won't mind staining with indigo Where: Chinatown, LA Space for 12 $120 To save your space send payment via Paypal- contact@lookoutandwonderland.com or Venmo @lookoutandwonderland Reservation fee is nonrefundable if cancelled less than 3 days in advance You'll also have the opportunity to witness a true traditional fermentation vat, if she's in good health I will give a demonstration. It should be a good chance to see the color that a true indigo fermentation vat gives. Please let me know if you're able to join.

When:

Saturday Feb, 18th

11-3pm

What you'll learn:

How to create and properly use two types of food grade indigo vats

A basic introduction to the art of shibori and how to apply it to a three dimensional surface

What to bring: a few smaller side (tee/scarf/pillowcase/napkins) pre-washed items made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)  nothing large or bulky (no blankets/sweatshirts)

What to wear: Old clothes and shoes you won't mind staining with indigo

Where: Chinatown, LA

Space for 12

$120

To save your space send payment via Paypal- contact@lookoutandwonderland.com

or Venmo @lookoutandwonderland

Reservation fee is nonrefundable if cancelled less than 3 days in advance

You'll also have the opportunity to witness a true traditional fermentation vat, if she's in good health I will give a demonstration. It should be a good chance to see the color that a true indigo fermentation vat gives.

Please let me know if you're able to join.

First Indigo & Shibori Workshop of the New Year

NIKI LIVINGSTON

  When: Sunday January 29 11-3pm What you'll learn:   History of Indigo dyeing, the difference between natural and chemical indigo, how to create and properly use two types of food grade indigo vats.                                                                                                                                                     A basic foundation of the art of shibori and how to apply it to fabric What to bring:   A few smaller side (tee/scarf/pillowcase/napkins) pre-washed items made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)  nothing large or bulky What to wear:   Old clothes and shoes you won't mind staining with indigo Where:   Chinatown, LA Space for 12 $120 To save your space pleae RSVP and send payment via Paypal- contact@lookoutandwonderland.com or Venmo @lookoutandwonderland Reservation fee is nonrefundable if cancelled less than 3 days in advance My fermentation vat has been very happy and giving beautiful color, so now is a good chance to see the color that a true indigo fermentation vat gives. Just let me know if you're able to join.

 

When:

Sunday January 29

11-3pm

What you'll learn:   History of Indigo dyeing, the difference between natural and chemical indigo, how to create and properly use two types of food grade indigo vats.                                                                                                                                                     A basic foundation of the art of shibori and how to apply it to fabric

What to bring:   A few smaller side (tee/scarf/pillowcase/napkins) pre-washed items made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)  nothing large or bulky

What to wear:   Old clothes and shoes you won't mind staining with indigo

Where:   Chinatown, LA

Space for 12

$120

To save your space pleae RSVP and send payment

via Paypal- contact@lookoutandwonderland.com

or Venmo @lookoutandwonderland

Reservation fee is nonrefundable if cancelled less than 3 days in advance

My fermentation vat has been very happy and giving beautiful color, so now is a good chance to see the color that a true indigo fermentation vat gives.

Just let me know if you're able to join.

ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE: Knowing, Ignorance and Being at KRETS Gallery Malmö, Sweden

NIKI LIVINGSTON

Lookout & Wonderland

Absolute Magnitude: Knowing, Ignorance and Being

22.10–20.11 2016
 

Opening: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 7–10 pm

 

Absolute Magnitude: Knowing, Ignorance and Being is the first exhibition outside of the U.S. by Lookout & Wonderland, a collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Niki Livingston (b. 1974) and Yusuke Tsukamoto (b. 1976). The works are part of an evolving narrative-based project consisting of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examine the nature of personal reality, knowledge and its limitations. If knowledge is not matter, but the perception of matter, what is possible to actually know? By reflecting on the notion of ‘absolute magnitude’ – the measure of intrinsic brightness of a celestial object as it appears from Earth – the artists explore the concept of human consciousness, asking from where it arises, how it is informed and how it potentially progresses.
 

Throughout the history, pieces of decorated fabrics have been used as signaling devices and as a rudimentary method of non-verbal communication. Flags have an employed imagery of various cultural codes and historical symbols, functioning as visual tools for expressing different views and ideas with the help of elementary recognizable icons. Lookout & Wonderland has chosen this traditional way of communication as a connecting thread back to our most primal form of storytelling, and as a means of eliminating the limitations of written language.
 

In the exhibition, each flag is a declaration of perceived knowledge; a storyboard in a shared journey interpreting reality. The stories that the viewers perceive and create in their minds in reaction to the visual matter will be particular to their own personal reality and experience, and will thus differ from the original intention of the artists. The act of cutting and piecing together the botanically dyed fabrics into intelligible shapes also becomes an assembly of the interconnected ideas of tangible knowledge – a symbolic source and spectrum for all our shared yet personal experiences of the surrounding world.

 

Opening hours:

Wed. 5–8 pm

Fri. 2–5 pm

Sat. 12–3 pm

Sun. 12–3 pm

 

KRETS

Kristianstadsgatan 16

SE-214 23 Malmö

www.krets.info

 

Supported by the Culture Department of Malmö and the Swedish Arts Council

Indigo Workshop in Ojai

NIKI LIVINGSTON

Indigo WORKSHOP in ojai!!

I'll be teaching at CATTYWAMPUS CRAFTS on September 24th

Visit their website to sign up:  https://cattywampuscrafts.com/products/indigo-101-beginner-dyeing-class-september-24-12-5-pm

INDIGO 101 • Beginner Dyeing Class, September 24 (12-5 pm)

$150.00

Examined the history, alchemy and beauty of the natural Indigo plant, various sacred traditions of creating indigo vats, as well as the delicate process of indigo dyeing with expert dyer Niki Livingston of Lookout & Wonderland. You will also learn hands on how to create a chemical free, food grade organic indigo vat that is easy to create at home for a day of dyeing. Then learn the foundation techniques of the art of shibori, along with the conceptual ideas surrounding surface design concerning ready made garments and flat surfaces.

SKILLS LEARNED • Basic Knowledge of the indigo plant and tradition. How to create a chemical free, food grade organic indigo vat. How to properly prepare fabric for dyeing, dyeing with an indigo vat and proper finishing of the dyeing process. A foundation to understanding and creating shibori designs.

MATERIALS REQUIRED • 2 smallish (tee/scarf/pillowcase/napkins) pre-washed items made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)

TIME • 5 hours

PREREQUISITE • None!

Indigo & Shibori 101

NIKI LIVINGSTON

Hello All!

I hope you are having a lovely summertime.

It's been a while now, so I will be teaching a indigo dyeing and shibori workshop this coming Saturday. We'll learn a bit about the history of indigo and shibori, plus the how to's on natural indigo dyeing and a few shibori methods.

When:

SaturdayAugust 20th
11-3pm

What to bring: a few smallish pre-washed items (tee/scarf/pillowcase) made from natural fibers (cotton/linen/silk)

What to wear: Old clothes and shoes you won't mind staining with indigo

Where: Chinatown, LA

Space for 12

$120 to rsvp Paypal/venmo the class fee - contact@lookoutandwonderland.com @lookoutandwonderland reservation fee is nonrefundable if cancelled less than 3 days in advance

 

A Conversation with Lookout & Wonderland at These Days LA

NIKI LIVINGSTON

a conversation with LOOKOUT & WONDERLAND   Saturday, June 25, 4:00 PM Niki Livingston and Yusuke Tsukamoto of LOOKOUT & WONDERLAND will join Stephen and Jodi Zeigler of THESE DAYS for an informal conversation about their working process and intentions surrounding their current exhibition, Absolute Magnitude: Ignorance, Knowing and Being. The show is a collaborative, narrative-based work of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examines the nature of consciousness and personal reality. Saturday, June 25 4:00 PM These Days 118 Winston Street, FL 2 Los Angeles 90013   Conversation begins at 4:00 PM Q&A to follow. Ice cold adult beverages, snacks and good times! Exhibition on view through July 31, 2016.

a conversation with
LOOKOUT & WONDERLAND

 

Saturday, June 25, 4:00 PM

Niki Livingston and Yusuke Tsukamoto of LOOKOUT & WONDERLAND will join Stephen and Jodi Zeigler of THESE DAYS for an informal conversation about their working process and intentions surrounding their current exhibition, Absolute Magnitude: Ignorance, Knowing and Being. The show is a collaborative, narrative-based work of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examines the nature of consciousness and personal reality.

Saturday, June 25
4:00 PM
These Days
118 Winston Street, FL 2
Los Angeles 90013
 
Conversation begins at 4:00 PM
Q&A to follow.
Ice cold adult beverages, snacks and good times!

Exhibition on view through July 31, 2016.

Lookout & Wonderland: An Art Exhibition. Absolute Magnitude Knowing, Ignorance and Being

NIKI LIVINGSTON

lookoutandwonderlandartshow

ABSOLUTE MAGNATUDE: Knowing, Ignorance And Being is a collaborative, narrative based work of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examines the nature of consciousness and personal reality.

Throughout history man has used cloth to fabricate banners with distinctive designs and coded sets of colors to be used as symbols, signaling devices and as decoration. Over time these devices have evolved into a general tool for rudimentary signaling, identification and as a form of nonverbal communication.

Applying the basis of this form, it is Tsukamoto and Livingston’s intention to examine the nature of personal reality, knowledge and the limitation of knowing on perceived matter. Using botanical dyes to create their uniform colors, they have cut and assembled a representational narrative out of cotton and hemp to study the conundrum of universal non-duality, the origin of consciousness and the modern mind.

Lookout & Wonderland is a creative studio based in Los Angeles, California founded by Niki Livingston and Yusuke Tsukamoto with a focus on design, textile and the art of creation. Lookout & Wonderland is deeply informed by the essence of the Vienna Secession, Wiener Werkstätte, the persistent aspiration to achieve Gesamtkunstwerk and to create beautiful work that will assist in building a life that is the ultimate work of art.

THESE DAYS is located on the second floor of 118 Winston Street in Downtown Los Angeles and is open Thursday – Sunday. For more information, These Days can be reached at hello@thesedaysla.com.