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3 Day Workshop with Michel Garcia, Tilburg, Netherlands


Michel NDW2

We encourage you to attend a 3 day workshop with Michel Garcia, botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist! Taking place at studio ZIJDELINGS, in Tilburg, NL, the workshop will explore dyeing on both wool and silk, as well as creating an organic indigo vat, step by step. We have been big supporters of Michel and his extensive research in sustainable dyeing methods, and his workshops at studio Zijdelings.  For more information, click here for the website. 

Day 1: “One bath process “, for Wool and silk: Some specific tannins from plants,
called “gallic tannins”, are good substitutes of metallic mordants to dye wool and silk:
by combinations of some dyestuffs together in the same dye pot with gallic tannins and
organic acids such as citric acid, a one bath dye will be achieved, giving attractive
shades , of good fastness to light. Several dyestuffs will be tested, to obtain a full range
of shades (madder reds, yellows from rhubarb, browns from Walnut husks and others).”
Using some plants instead of mordants” : By using some specific plants, called “bio
accumulators of Aluminum, some dyes “100% from plants” can be done on any natural
fiber ( wool, silk ). By using this “two bathes process”, we will explore a wide range of
possibilities ( yellows from weld or “yellow woods, reds from madder, cochineal, and lac,
blue shades from logwood, and mixes of dyestuffs to get greens and other shades

Day 2: Printing on wool and silk, using sustainable methods: On silk, we will print
some preparations of plants ( bio accumulators, and then we will dye the so printed
pieces with various dyestuffs. On wool, we will be able to print some mixes of “mordant
plants (bio accumulators) + dyestuffs, and then, by drying and steaming the fabric, the
dyes will be fixed at the best

Day 3: “Preparation of a quick organic indigo vat”: With powdered indigo, calcium
salt and sugar, it is possible to prepare a quick and efficient indigo vat for wool and silk.
Some samples will be done with the vat on various types of fabrics (wool and silk).
“Maya blue”: a special pigment can be prepared with indigo + clay to dye paper pulp in
blue. The maya blue will be prepared in this course, some paper pulp will be stained, and
then some sheets of paper will be done.

Date: August 26, 27 & 28

Hours: from 10am till 6pm

Tutor: Michel Garcia (Fr.)

Fee: € 325,– excl. materials

Coffee/tea & lunches included

Organizer: Karina van Vught (English spoken)

Location: Zijdelings
Kapelstraat 93a – 5046CL Tilburg – Netherlands

There will be a lab fee to be paid during class (for fabric, dyes and chermicals)

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