Registration for early spring workshops is now open! I'll be hitting the road in 2017, with new course offerings at Snow Farm in Massachusetts and Peters Valley in New Jersey. These immersive programs give us the time to really get our hands dirty, and students can take advantage of studio access outside of class time. Looking forward to meeting new friends and craftspeople there! Check out the full lineup here.
Two Day Intensive
Peters Valley School of Craft, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
May 13 & 14, 2017
room and board available
Participants in this two day intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. If you'd like tobring items made from natural fiber fabric you will have the opportunity to experiment with them in the dye pot. No previous experience required.
Delve into the broad world of fabric marbling! Uncover the secrets of Japanese suminagashi, then explore the colorful world of Western-style pattern making. Topics include the history and ideology behind each technique and how to select fabrics, prepare a marbling vat, and create permanent prints. Once familiar with the process, students can develop their own style to print two silk scarves. All welcome.
Developed in 4th century Egypt, Coptic books have beautiful linked stitches that stretch across the spine and open flat, perfect for a sketchbook or journal. Each student will complete the binding of a book in class. All levels of experience welcome! Students are invited but not required to bring decorative papers they would like to use for their book's cover.