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.
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
Beginner and intermediate
Instructor will provide all materials for class
Light lunch provided
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
(1) item of clothing you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills
Various fabric samples in different fibers- 24” x 24”
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: $75/ person
Limit 4 students
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Shibori is slow. It takes time, and has been around since about the 8th century.
The word comes from the Japanese shiboru, meaning “to wring, squeeze or press.”
The technique involves twisting, tying, crumpling, stitching or folding fabric — usually silk or cotton — in various ways, transforming the two-dimensional material into a sculptural, three-dimensional form. This sculptural shape is then traditionally dyed, originally using indigo, although a huge variety of colors and dyes are now used. Sometimes, the same fabric is then twisted in some other way and then dyed again. When the wrappings are removed, the folds and creases where the fabric resisted the dye form distinctive crinkled textures and patterns.
Marbling on Fabric
Using age-old methods, colors are floated on a liquid thickened with carrageen moss, to create wonderful patterns which are then transferred onto silks and cottons. The ancient art of marbling onto fabrics provides endless possibilities for decorative surfaces which can be used as stand-alone works of art or form the basis for further embellishment such as embroidery, quilting, beadwork and more.
This method of surface decoration produces totally unique works of art which it is impossible to repeat, giving a very personal touch to a range of fabrics which can be used for interior design, fashion, scarves and shawls as well as small gift items.
This course is for beginners as well as those who have experience in this ancient and fascinating method of decoration. A day of pure indulgence, producing unique designs on fabric using traditional techniques.
equipment and materials
the carrageen ground
the marbling colors
fabrics with alum ready for printing
Level: This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.
Materials are included in your course fee.
powdered carrageen moss – 1oz
alum (with instructions) – 1oz
1 gallon distilled water
range of marbling paints for use during course
use of equipment
2 practice cotton fabric pieces
2 practice silk fabric pieces
The instructor will provide the following materials for each student, at a cost of $12.00 per person:
option of a silk scarf blank please request in advance of the course
Instructor will accept cash, check or credit card
Please bring with you:
Disposable kitchen towels
6 yogurt containers with lids and some kind of box in which to stand them (to stop them falling over)
a couple of kebab sticks or knitting needles
apron (preferably fabric rather than PVC wipe clean)
12 pieces of smooth surface fabric, silks, cottons, up to size 20” x 20” (these MUST be torn to size, not cut).
Lunch ( or you may opt to visit local restaurant)
Coffee is available from 9.45am. Workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 3:00 p.m
Cost: $120- class limited to 4
co Print Workshop Intensive 3 Day
Eco Printing is contact printing of plants onto fabric. In this 3 Day Eco Print workshop intensive you will learn about plants, fabrics, equipment, processes and bundling techniques. Silk and wool fabrics have an affinity for plants and create fantastic prints. This workshop is perfect for fiber artist, feltmakers, dyers and art quilters. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. Some hand strength is needed to create bundles. This workshop is designed to learn essentials to carry printing at home.
Day 1 Introduction - A discussion about what is Eco printing, what type of fabrics necessary, the equipment, materials, solutions and processes that are used for successful prints. A demonstration of how to make a bundle is given and balance of the day students make bundles. (indigo vat will be available, some fabrics are dipped for printing on day 2)
Day 2 First bundles are processed in the morning with results and discussion in afternoon of results. In the a.m. different bundling techniques are demonstrated and students allowed to explore those techniques. Those morning bundles will be processed in p.m. (if indigo vat available students may use their fabric from previous day)
Day 3 Bundles will be opened from previous day and results discussed. (Fabrics from day 1 can be dipped into indigo vat .) Final bundling technique to produce high definition prints will be demonstrated. The balance of the day if finishing up all bundling processes and discussion of results.
$150 Deposit will hold your place in class; Balance of $300 due 1st day of class (cash/check) payable to Kathy Hays. Cancellation before 9/25/2015 will credit toward another workshop at Aya Fiber Dyehouse.
Materials List will be supplied September
LIMIT 10 persons