You really want to take a class with Michel. Trust us. Really. GO. And if you’re in/near the Netherlands, here’s your chance.
Natural Dyeing Workshop : an intriguing mix of secrets and chemistry
3-Day class with Master Dyer Michel Garcia (Fr)
Zijdelings studio, Tilburg NL www.zijdelings.com
Day 1: learn to make quick organic (natural) indigo vats and resists for white patterns on a blue background. Students will be taught how to start and how to keep and maintain their vat for a long time. Different and simple recipes will be offered and explained. Next up: a very creative method to realize white patterns on a blue background. A special resist paste will be made by mixing together clay, gum, and magnesium salt. This paste will be applied on white fabric, dyed, then rinsed with ordinary water from the tap. The resist is easily cleaned and the white designs appear on a blue background
Day 2: students learn to use mordants for printing and make a sampler with various mordants within one piece of fabric in order to test any kind of dyestuff.
Day 3: the following techniques and possibilities will be dealt with:
Class is for advanced level – not for beginners.
All kinds of natural fibers will be dyed in these vats, so students can play and experiment.
27,28, 29 AUGUST 2012
Fee € 300,– excl. material
Coffee / tea & lunches included
Pre registration and Pre payment required. Check availability first
The Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, the official magazine for the Association of Guilds for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers (UK), featured a glowing review of our DVD in the current Spring 2012 issue (issue 241, p 41). Sincere thanks to Jane Deane, Peter Tavy, and Dawn Willey for including our DVD in your publication.
“Michel’s directions are very detailed and precise so this is an ideal resource for those who want to work through his techniques – it is a workshop, not an overview of his work. For the serious natural dyer, whether experienced or beginner, and for a Guild library, this DVD is an excellent source.”
DVD can be purchased here