NATURAL DYE WEEKEND IMMERSION
In the words of Errol van de Werdt, Netherlands Textile Museum director, "Like foragers look for food, ecologically-conscious designers hunt and gather organic ingredients creating a colourful language tinted for today's greener times. Environmentalism is interwoven with sustenance.” Jo Fowles sincerely looks forward to taking you down the very long and deeply beautiful rabbit hole that is natural dying with local and Indian natural dyes to create a beautiful technical file full of samples for both yarn and fabric.
This 2 day weekend class includes an in-depth exploration of mordants, modifiers and resist techniques. Jo’s full weekend class studies will include learning about protein and cellulose fibres and their unique properties. Full swatch packs will be provided for all sampling and recording and you will have 14 hours of pure dying immersion. You will create an extensive dye journal of beautiful natural colour and gain a solid understanding of natural dyes, as well as a unique one-off dyed item. This weekend workshop is a chance to build further and create your own small project as the curriculum also includes simple shibori techniques, overdyeing and natural bleaching processes to further enhance and personalise work. You will be working with premium ethical dyes from India and you will come away with knowledge of how to mordant fabric, use an extract and utilise exhaust baths and we will demonstrate how to use modifier baths to alter the colour of samples.
Additional items will be available to purchase.
WHAT YOU WILL GET:
- Sample fabrics and yarns
- Ring bound folder for samples
- Technical file data sheets
- All dyes (dyes will be tea, coffee, turmeric, beans, eucalyptus, natural indigo, madder, turmeric, myrobalan, cutch, sappanwood and pomegranate).
YOU WILL LEAVE WITH:
- A solid foundation in natural dye, ideas on how to utilise food waste, an understanding of mordants and how to dye your own yarns, fabrics and clothes
- A journal full of dye samples
- A new appreciation of food and colours
10am - 5pm (both days)
Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 March 2018
LOCATION: The School, 2/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery
PRICE: $495 for two 7 hour days, chai and sweets served
for more info please visit The School website.