Into to Indigo Workshops

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Into to Indigo Workshops

80.00

 

DYEING WITH INDIGO WORKSHOP

Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery and folklore. Discover how the leaves ‘make blue’ by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. 
The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique ‘attaching’ of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dyeing, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful graded hues which are so typical of indigo.

SKILLS/TECHNIQUES COVERED

Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. Natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be ‘reduced’ using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to make several pillow or napkin sized samples 

LEVEL

Beginner and intermediate 

MATERIALS

Instructor will provide all materials for class
Studio will have extra scarves/ blanks available for purchase

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

  • a pair of new rubber gloves
  • a seam-picker or small pair of sharp scissors
  • an old shirt or apron – and please wear old clothes
  • closed-toe shoes
  • (1) item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills
  • Various fabric samples in different fibers- 24” x 24”
  • Lunch or light snacks-coffee/ water provided

DAILY PROGRAM

Coffee is available from 9.45am. Workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 3:00pm with a break during the day for lunch 

 Workshop Cost: $80/ person
 Limit 6 students

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