autumn + winter workshops 2019

Registration for autumn and winter workshops is now open, including new locations in Poughkeepsie NY and Stuart FL! New offerings are listed below, and you can check out the full catalog (with many NYC workshops and a special evening at the Folk Art Museum) here.

paper marbling

Botanical Indigo Dyeing

Fall Kill Creative Works
Poughkeepsie, NY
Saturday September 28, 2019

Focusing on plant derived natural indigo, students in this intensive workshop will prepare two organic indigo vats for dyeing both protein and cellulose fibers. We’ll create an array of swatches and explore resist dyeing techniques reliant on the particular working qualities of indigo.

Painting with Found Pigments

American Folk Art Museum
Wednesday October 9, 2019

Working with found pigments is a wonderful way to engage with the local landscape, and tie artwork to a specific place. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the natural colors of foraged mineral pigments and botanical lake pigments. We’ll share a hands-on demo of pigment grinding and paint mixing with a soy binder, focusing on a selection of lake pigments from Natalie’s studio garden. Students will then use our handmade paints to create their own works on paper. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, opening September 17.

Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing

Aya Fiber Studio
Stuart, Florida
October 22 - 24, 2019

In this three-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling on both paper and fabric, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind the craft, beginning with Japanese suminagashi and progressing through Turkish and European patterns. Recipes for sumi ink, watercolor paints, and acrylic paints will be shared, as well as troubleshooting advice and advanced techniques. After students have familiarized themselves with the tools and methods for creating permanent prints, they’ll be free to develop their own collection of patterns!

Paper Marbling

Manhattan Graphics Center
Sunday December 8, 2019

Paper marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this one day intensive students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic marbling, including how to select materials and the chemistry of the marbling vat. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling as we explore traditional techniques, combed patterns, and important troubleshooting. Students will then develop their own palette and style to create a suite of designs to take home with them.