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Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton NJ
September 15 - 16
Participants in this weekend 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. You may bring along natural fiber materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot.
Family Art Project
Wave Hill, The Bronx
September 22 & 23
drop in 10:00 - 1:00
Join visiting artist Natalie Stopka to create botanical works of art featuring common garden flowers and herbs. We’ll practice the technique of hapa zome, also known as plant pounding, and then pattern silk fabric handkerchiefs with the colors and forms of nature through bundle dyeing. Reveal the wealth of color hidden in common dye plants such as coreopsis, marigold, and hollyhock in these simple processes that are ecologically friendly and aromatheraputic ways to explore botanical color!
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Sunday, October 28
Suminagashi is the Japanese art of marbling by floating ink on the surface of water. In this one-day intensive students learn the basics of this centuries-old monoprint technique, including the tools and materials it requires and the ideology shaping suminagashi practice up to the present. Students will develop a suite of patterns on paper and fabric using the natural forces of wind, vibration, and chemical interaction. Small studies will be expanded upon in our large 4x4’ marbling vat, where students will have the opportunity to print yardage with their unique patterns!