3 Day Advanced Eco print with Indigo and Natural Dyes
Apr
4
Apr 6

3 Day Advanced Eco print with Indigo and Natural Dyes

·         everything in the two-day workshops plus in-depth exploration of further techniques and natural dye processes

·         Working with cellulose fibers

·         processes for mordanting fabrics prior to dyeing with natural dyes

·         incorporating rust prints, eco printing and indigo dyeing for layered and complex results.

·         over-dyeing with natural dyes to create a wide spectrum of colors’ and mono-printing with plants on prepared, dyed fabrics

·         bundling oversized fabrics

Red: The Color of Desire
Apr
26
Apr 29

Red: The Color of Desire

Red, with its brilliant hue and broad cultural history, has inspired artists' imaginations and seduced viewers for millennia. Artists and dyers for centuries strived to find the color source to rival the best reds of nature, and to express the spirit, symbolism and sustenance of life.

For more than a century, inexpensive synthetic dyes have been able to create any color on the color wheel, and the world has forgotten the message of power and wealth that intense color once conveyed. People from the past craved bright colors, but only the rich and royal could afford expensive dyes and the fabrics that showed them off.

Meet the bug that changed the world of color: The cochineal bug, unappealing on its own, can be transformed into a dazzling rainbow of reds, from pale pinks to deep burgundies and flaming scarlets.

Come learn the art of natural dyeing with Cochineal. Learn how the selection of different mordant processes used in conjunction with the cochineal dye results in different shades of red in the final dyed cloth.

We will also examine the use of madder and the color differences, 

In this four day, intensive workshop students will explore in depth the two major Red Dyes (Cochineal and Madder) and our favorite Blue Dye: Indigo On Day #1 we will go through the process of setting up our Indigo Vat and go through the different mordanting process on fabric for the eventual Cochineal/Madder dyeing Day #2 will focus on dyeing fabric in the different indigo and Red vats and Day #3 and #4 will be set aside for printing and other surface techniques such as Shibori, Discharge andResist Dyeing

Indigo: The Big Picture
May
1
May 2

Indigo: The Big Picture

There are many ways of creating an Indigo Vat! There are many paths that will get you to the same finished product, a beautifully dyed blue piece! Each Vat style requires different ingredients and maintenance, and each has a set of positive and negative attributes. So, what vat will you decide to use? In this two-day workshop students, will learn the basics of creating different types of indigo vats and learn more about each. We will make Organic, Synthetic and a pre-reduced vats and dye beautiful blue fabrics. (thiox-lye, iron, fructose and a pre-reduced).  We will make up the stock solutions, set the vats and learn how to keep the vat in order.  A sample book will be created, comparing the Blues from different vats, noting the pros and the cons of each, the quantity of dips and from using different fibers. (wool, silk, cotton and linen)

Fashion Styling and Surface Design for Nuno Felted Garments with Charity Van de Meer
Jun
8
Jun 11

Fashion Styling and Surface Design for Nuno Felted Garments with Charity Van de Meer

June 8-11, 2017

The workshops will focus on working creatively in exploring and concentrating on learning how to design your own unique and seamless felted garment, You will explore the structures and rough surface using different techniques and materials.

The focus will be on designing and making a one-piece nuno-felted flared or straight dress, tunics or skirts or a A-line tops and dresses

"HOT" an Exploration in Contemporary Fiber Arts w Susan Lenz
Oct
25
Oct 26

"HOT" an Exploration in Contemporary Fiber Arts w Susan Lenz

This workshop by Susan Lenz is an introduction to heat-activated processes for contemporary embroidery.  The sessions will include experimentation with painted adhesives, metallic foiling, household irons, soldering irons, hand stitching and free motion machine embroidery, and a variety of novelty fibers.  Each student will create a unique, professionally matted finished project. 

Shibori with Indigo, Madder and Pomegranate w Ana Lisa Hedstrom
Feb
19
Feb 23

Shibori with Indigo, Madder and Pomegranate w Ana Lisa Hedstrom

The workshop will focus on Arashi shibori pole wrapping,  Katano machine stitch resist, and Itajime folding and clamping including using Kyokechi carved clamps.

We will begin with traditional techniques and move to contemporary adaptations.

Students will make natural indigo vats with both henna and whole fruit.

Using the one bath method we will work with madder red, pomegranate yellow, and combinations with indigo.

Ana Lisa will bring samples of Japanese indigo dyed shibori and examples of her own work.

Join us for a week of  intense exploration and experimentation! Feb 19-23, 2018


2 Day Intro to Eco-Print
Mar
8
Mar 9

2 Day Intro to Eco-Print

The Intro 2-Day workshop will cover:

• how to choose and prepare plants for dyeing
• understanding the print process on protein fibers
• different techniques of folding, tying fabric
, shibori and other types of resist
• methods of constructing and cooking bundles

Indigo and Shibori for Quilters
Feb
16
10:00 am10:00

Indigo and Shibori for Quilters

During this class you will learn (4) Basic Shibori Resist techniques that include Kumo (binding), Ori-Nui (stitching), Itajime (clamping) and Arashi (pole wrapping) to create Fat Quarters for Quilting.  The Design possibilities are endless! Class include (6) Kona Cotton fat quarters (precut and scoured 18x22)  Students may bring additional fabric to dye if time is available. (pre scoured)

Merry Christmas
Dec
25
Jan 2

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The Studio will be closed as we spend time with family!