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Introduction to Natural Dyes
May 2, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 10am-4pm
Natural dyeing is a beautiful, accessible, and sustainable way to bring a world of color to book and printed art. This workshop will introduce how to prepare natural dyes suitable for both papers and fabrics. Students will learn the principles and techniques behind the craft as we dye swatches in a range of colors. The questions of materials choice, mordants, and permanence will be addressed. Students may bring along sample materials— fabric, paper, thread, bone and shell—to test in the dye pot.
This is a class designed for experimental book artists, fiber artists interested in crossing over to book arts, and the most DIYers of the DIY, who might already sew their own bindings and print their own pages, and maybe even pull their own paper, but who want to learn historical techniques from an even deeper past. Other than the materials you want to experiment dyeing or making dyes with, no additional materials or tools are required. No experience required.
Natalie is an expert with uncommon and rare fibers, repurposed and hand-dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles to bring a unique vocabulary of texture to her work. She also explores historical fiber arts techniques, such as developing natural dyes from tree bark and lichens, refreshing half-forgotten methods as she explores the interplay of book and textile arts. Natalie is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a former Stein Family Scholar at the Center for Book Arts.
Tuition: $300 members / $325 non-members. Become a member.