Natural Dye Study: Understanding Mordants and the Roles they Play with Catharine Ellis

Natural Dye Study: Understanding Mordants and the Roles they Play with Catharine Ellis

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Feb 17-21, 2020

Natural Dye: A Study of Mordants and the Roles they Play

 Whether you are an immersion dyer, a printer, or an eco-printer, mordants are an essential element to the natural dye process. They can enhance or alter the colors achieved from a single dye.

 

During this class we will investigate the best mordant practices for wool, silk, and cotton for both immersion dyeing and printing.

 

The class will explore both mineral alum and alum that that is sourced from plants.  Iron and titanium will be used to heighten the effects of certain dyes and tannins. We will compare pre-mordanting, post-mordanting, and middle-mordanting and dispel some of the “myths” about mordanting and why some practices can damage the mordant.

 

At the end of the week, you will go away with a class “lab book” of samples and a deeper understanding of how mordants can be utilized to control and enhance your own studio dye practice.

 

 

 

Bio

 

Catharine is a weaver and a dyer.  She is known for her thorough investigations of natural dye plants and processes. She has taught in craft schools and other venues throughout the U.S.  and internationally. Catharine is the author of Woven Shibori (Interweave Press 2005 and 216) and, with co-author Joy Boutrup, The Art and Science of Natural Dye (Schiffer, 2019). She also maintains a blog: Natural Dye: Experiments and Results.

 

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