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March 24 - 25
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Once one of our younger students described marbling as "magic fighting magic". That's pretty much how we feel about this magical technique. In this two-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on fabric, including materials selection, how to prepare a marbling vat, and the best pigments to use for lasting patterns. We’ll spend one session learning the secrets of Japanese suminagashi, and the second session getting colorful with Western-style pattern making.
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday April 29
Shibori is the Japanese craft of patterning fabric with the resist techniques of wringing, pressing, or cinching. After dyeing in an indigo vat, fabrics retain the visual memory of each little pleat, pinch, and stitch in their patterning. In this one-day workshop we’ll mix up an indigo vat and use it to follow the development of shibori patterns through history, creating an array of swatches. After learning the basic language of mark making, students will be free to experiment with patterns of their own.
Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton NJ
May 18 - 19
room and board available
Focusing on plant derived natural indigo, participants in this intensive workshop will prepare two organic indigo vats for dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. We will create an array of swatches and explore resist dyeing techniques reliant on the particular working qualities of indigo. Fabric will be provided, but you may bring along materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot! No previous experience required.