3 Day Medium Print Workshop with Olga Kazanskaya

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3 Day Medium Print Workshop with Olga Kazanskaya

from 100.00

This Class postponed until Winter 2018

$475.00

Mediumprint:  original method of dyeing: the combination of natural dyes, botanical prints and acid dyes.

Mediumprint is a relative new dyeing method which combines some features of botanical printing and resist dyeing (like batik or shibori). The main principle is that the dye for the background comes not from solution (dye pot), but is delivered to the fabric with help of a carrier (fabric or paper), sometimes this approach is called "blanket" (for example, iron blanket). This way, we can get nice shapes/contours of plants which act as a resist (of course, one can use some stencils instead of plants or together with them); the carrier releases the dye gradually: the kinetics is comparable with the one of thickened dye.

Using this principle, we can create a variety of processes. We’ll focus on the dyeing of silk and/or nunofelt using fresh plants and acid dyes.

Ecoprint (botanical dyeing, or contact dyeing with plants) is very popular today. What about some upgrade of the method? Let us combine traditional immersion dyeing with natural extracts (liquid indigo, rhubarb, madder, cochineal, pomegranate) and eco-print (botanical dyeing). Let us create rich, almost 3 D images using resist dyeing with acid dyes and add some screen-printed calligraphy to the image.

This workshop does not include felting. Participants can bring felted samples with them and will also receive different samples including different silk and wool fabrics from the instructor.

We will work with animal fibers (silk, wool, nunofelt), starting with scouring and pre-mordating; then we’ll explore the possibilities of dyeing with natural extracts, mixing them in order to achieve any desired color in one step. On the second day, we will go to the next step, namely contact dyeing with local plants (eucalyptus, geranium, greveilla, fern, causaurina,…). We will explore the natural discharging effect of plants and the possibilities to use them as resists as well. We will explore the possibilities of natural dyes only and the magic of enhancing the image with a drop of acid dye (mostly black-brown-blue).

The third day we can dedicate to small projects (dye silk or nuno shawl or silk top, or just silk yardage). Screen-printing (especially text designs) can add depth and motion to these designs.

We will definitely have fun and generate many new ideas. You can use these techniques in your work, on silk, wool and nuno felt.

 

You may secure your space in this class with a $100 Deposit, Balance Due Before Aug 11, 2017

 

 

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