Continuing on our exploration of natural dyeing, we're moving next to dyeing and printing with natural materials on paper. Join us to try your hand at painting, dipping, and washing papers in a variety of natural dyes made from pommegranate, onion skin, indigo, and more. Learn to manipulate colors and create patterns using natural mordanting agents and techniques including overdye, gradient, and dip dyeing. Embellish your dyed papers by ecostamping with florals and printing with an array of provided blocks and stamps. Each student will be provided a set of six 5x7" papers to work with, and may also bring any additional materials of their own to work with if time allows.
For those who have taken the Shibori Indigo dyeing workshop, or those with a basic understanding of natural dye or the shibori technique, we look forward to welcoming you to this advanced class! We will be once again brewing a vat of indigo, and this time we will be covering three traditional styles of ancient Japanese Shibori. Together we will experiment with Arashi (storm) Shibori by wrapping and scrunching our material on a long pole, Kumo (spiderweb) Shibori by binding pebbles into our material, and Ori Nui (stitched) Shibori with needle and thread over a hand drawn design. We will use one or more of these techniques to design and create a one of a kind 12 x 24 inch linen wall hanging, which we will dye, dry, and finish by fixing to a length of local driftwood.
Light refreshments will be served, and each guest is welcome to bring a small piece or two of their own to dye at if time allows, which must be 100% natural fiber.
What is Shibori?
Shibori is the ancient Japanese technique of folding, twisting, bunching, and binding fabric before dyeing it in a vat of indigo.
What is Indigo?
Indigo is a dye made from the pigments of plants found in the Indigofera family. It has been used for thousands of years and across many cultures to achieve a range of beautiful blue hues. Indigo dye is an all natural and organic compound that is safe for even the most delicate skin. It is also 100% machine washable!
Enter into the magical world of natural and botanical dyeing in this Dyeing with Onion Skin Workshop. Learn the basics of extracting pigment from yellow onion skins, and brew a vat of sunshine yellow dye as a group. Each student will design and create a 12 x 24 inches wall hanging, manipulating the pattern and intensity of color through methods of fabric preparation, folding, and dye treatment. Hangings will be mounted on driftwood, making the perfect addition to your home decor, or a thoughtful gift. A guide to natural dyeing at home will be included in the class for further experimenting at home!