DATES: 5/22 & 5/23, SA SU 12-2pm est (New York time) both days
WHERE: Zoom (you will receive a calendar invitation with Zoom login info)
WORKSHOP: Learn how to extend the color range of a dye material by using metal salts and other pH modifiers, and how to use these modifiers to create painterly compositions on your dye projects. For this workshop, we will be diving into osage orange - a gorgeous yellow dye from the heartwood of the osage orange tree, a native species in the USA. Beginners are welcome! Over the course of two days, we will also touch on basic scouring & mordanting (prefixing) of both protein and cellulose fibers, how to create an immersion dye bath, and post-dye modifiers. This workshop offers the tools you need to begin building a natural color dye-brary and can be applied in your future dye practice.
Comes with small kit that includes cotton & silk fabrics, scouring agents, mordants, dye material, and modifiers.
YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE (if you don't have something please email and I can help improvise, or help direct you where to purchase):
-heat (stovetop or hotplates)
-pots (stainless steel or enamel, recommend 2-3)
-oven mitts (for handling hot objects)
-drop cloth(s) for covering workspace
-face mask (for when we dissolve mordants)
-tea kettle for boiling water (or another small pot dedicated for this)
-3 glass jars (approx 16oz size, or bigger)
-2-3 rinse/soak buckets (approx 2 gallon size)
-paintbrushes (various sizes and bristles are great for creating texture)
-strainer (stainless steel & one that can rest on top of your pot unassisted- for steaming bundles)
SET UP & SAFETY:
-Wear clothes and shoes you don't mind staining - may get messy!
-You will need access to water & heat sources (stove top or hot plates). I recommend setting up in your kitchen near stove, or outdoor space with hot plates.
-Recommend covering your workspace in drop cloth (floor, table space, etc). Make sure it is taped down and secure so you do not slip! (sometimes I cut & spread open large trash bags and use these to cover my floor)
-You should use dye-dedicated tools. Although natural, not all materials are safe for humans to ingest. We are not working with anything toxic, but it is best to err on the safe side! Ex. maybe don't use your favorite pot for cooking pasta :)
***If you want to overdye a vintage item or other fabric/fiber you have, you can do that too. I am sending a little extra of the scouring agents & mordants, enough to dye something small like a pillowcase or teeshirt.