Upcoming Workshops


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

One-day Intensive
BareHands Artisans, Belmar New Jersey
Saturday April 27, 2019
1:00 - 6:00
$200

Fabric marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! In this intensive one-day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of marbling, including how to select materials and manipulate the chemistry of the marbling tray. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbled decoration as we explore traditional techniques and combed patterns. Students will then develop their own palette and style to create a suite of designs on cotton and silk to take home with them. Pack a lunch and beverage and be ready to delve into this artistic experience!


large format fabric marbling workshop

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday May 4, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling vat and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. 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! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring 1 yard of additional natural fiber fabric if they wish.


large format marbling workshop

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Sunday May 5, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling vat and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. 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! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring 1 yard of additional natural fiber fabric if they wish.


color theory workshop

Color Theory

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday May 7, 2019
6:30 - 9:30
$85

This course will inspire and inform students to get creative with color! Whether you don’t know the basics or your palette is burned out, we’ll awaken your color sense with a discussion of color theory and materiality. Each student will assess their color preferences and learn how to extrapolate their favorite color harmonies into endless palettes. An overview of pigments, dyes, and binders will give students a springboard for applying theory to practice. Please bring to class 3-5 digital or physical images with colors you love.


paper marbling workshop

Paper Marbling: Color Play

Snow Farm
Williamsburg, Massachusetts
May 11 - 12, 2019
Workshop fee: $290
Materials fee: $55
room and board available

Marbling is a delighting blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play. In addition to the fundamentals of paper marbling, this course will focus on color theory, the properties of various paints, and how to create unique color stories. Discussions on the history of European marbling will accompany explorations of traditional techniques, combed patterns, and troubleshooting. Students will develop their own palette and style to create a suite of designs to take home.


suminagashi workshop

Suminagashi: Japanese Fabric Marbling

One-day Intensive
BareHands Artisans, Belmar New Jersey
Saturday June 8, 2019
2:00 - 6:00
$125

In this workshop students will explore suminagashi, the Japanese craft of marbling. By manipulating ink floating on the surface of water, students will develop marbled designs inspired by the forms of nature. As we work, we’ll discuss the ideology shaping this historical technique. Each student will develop their own series of patterns using natural forces and materials, and leave with the skills to continue exploring on their own. It will be an extremely satisfying afternoon. Pack a lunch and beverage and be ready to delve into this artistic experience!


fabric marbling workshop

Fabric Marbling

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday July 9, 2019
6:30 - 9:30
$85

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 workshop you'll learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to set up a marbling bath and the best inks to use.


indigo workshop

Indigo Dyeing

After Workshop
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Tuesday June 18, 2019
6:30 - 9:30
$85

In this one night workshop, students learn the basics of creating an all organic indigo dye vat, and how to dye with it. Fabric will be provided, but feel free to bring along some light colored natural fiber fabrics to experiment with (cotton, linen, wool, etc)!


natural dyeing 101 workshop

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
July 13 - 14, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This two day intensive introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students 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. Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers. Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with!


large format suminagashi workshop

Large Format Suminagashi

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday July 20, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

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! Materials will be provided by TAC, but feel free to bring up to 1 additional yard of natural fiber fabric to experiment with.


bundle dyeing with botanicals

Bundle Dyeing with Botanicals

One-day Intensive
BareHands Artisans, Belmar New Jersey
Sunday July 21, 2019
1:00 - 5:00
$150

Join us for a relaxing and vivid afternoon of bundle dyeing to extract color and pattern from plants. Students will imprint fabric with the botanical dyes of petals, leaves, and roots. We’ll reveal the wealth of color hidden in common dye plants such as coreopsis, marigold, and cosmos. After dyeing a few swatches in a variety of colors, each student pattern their own silk scarf with this fun, ecologically friendly, and aromatherapeutic way to explore botanical color. Students may bring an extra natural fiber fabric or garment they wish to experimental with. Pack a lunch and beverage and be ready to delve into this artistic experience!


natural dyeing adult summer camp

From Plant to Pigment: Natural Dye Explorations

Adult Summer Camp
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
July 22 - 26, 2019
10:30 - 1:30, with extended open studio access
$600

This 5 day intensive course delves into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. Students will learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of fresh and dried plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in textiles and works on paper. After getting familiar with the best practices of natural dyeing, we’ll explore print and pattern opportunities. We’ll also produce handmade inks and lake pigment watercolors. This process of transforming the dye baths into lake pigments stabilizes and preserve the dyes for future projects and uses up every drop of natural color.

Class structure: Class will meet with the instructor Monday through Friday from 10:30am-1:30pm. This course encourages students to get creative and develop their artwork independently, with extended open studio hours after each class session. Your focus may be building a comprehensive swatch library, tackling a big project, or pure experimentation. On Friday evening from 7-9pm students are invited to share their work with the public during a show and tell session.

Materials for experimentation during class are included in the class fee. You’ll be provided with a material list from the instructor with material suggestions for personal exploration and project creation (These may include fabric, yarn, paper, vegetable tanned leather, or other natural materials.)


natural dyes for book and paper artists

Natural Dyeing for Book and Paper Artists

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
August 4 - 10, 2019
$600
room and board available

This workshop introduces students to sustainable sources of color as they extract and fix natural dyes to paper, fabric and thread. You will discover the historical and material sympathy between natural dyes and traditional bookbinding fibers and pay special attention to the use of mordants for lasting color. After applying color and pattern to book materials, participants will move to the bindery to create structures featuring the dyed elements. Students will depart with thorough knowledge of the best practices of natural dyeing, the beginnings of a swatch library, and handmade books incorporating myriad botanical hues. Open to all skill levels.


natural dyeing 101

Natural Dyeing 101

Weekend Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
August 17 - 18, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$315

This two day intensive introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students 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. Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers. Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with!


large format marbling workshop

Large Format Marbling

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn
Saturday August 24, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

In this one day intensive, students will learn the basics of marbling on fabric, including how to prepare a marbling tray and the best pigments to use for permanent prints. We’ll discuss the history behind European marbling traditions, then get colorful creating marbled monoprints. 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! Materials will be provided by TAC, but students may bring 1 yard of additional natural fiber fabric if they wish.


intro to book arts

Intro to Book Arts

One-day Intensive
Textile Arts Center, Manhattan
Sunday August 25, 2019
11:00 - 5:00
$160

This course introduces students to bookbinding as a fluid and expressive craft that dovetails with fiber arts. Students learn the fundamental vocabulary and tools of bookbinding as we create three simple book structures. Each model will explore the tactile qualities of book materials and methods for folding, hinging, and stitching them together.


marbling workshop

Marbling Retreat: Suminagashi, Paper, and Fabric Printing

Aya Fiber Studio
Stuart, Florida
October 22 - 24, 2019
Tuition: $420
Materials fee: $75

Marbling is a wonderful blend of monotype printing, repeat pattern development, and color play! 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! Previous experience is not required.

Each student will have their own 16x20” marbling tray, and we’ll share trays for large format printing. Materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring paper, fabric, or scarves they wish to experiment with. Natural fiber fabrics such as silk, cotton, or linen and medium weight drawing papers are good options for marbling. Please thoroughly pre-wash all fabrics without fabric softener.


Registration for all Textile Arts Center classes can be found here.

Contact Natalie for information about hosting workshops in your studio.