World Shibori Network

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This June: Catharine Ellis and Debra Frasier at Shakerag Workshops

Photo courtesy of Shakerag Workshops. Work by Catharine Ellis.

Photo courtesy of Shakerag Workshops. Work by Catharine Ellis.

A wonderful workshop combining words and color with two incredible artists, Debra Frasier and WSN member Catharine Ellis will be happening at Shakerag in Tennessee this June. Catharine is a technical editor to our upcoming third Natural Dye Workshop film, Colors of Europe. Join both artists to learn about using natural dye along with writing to transform your thoughts and ideas right onto the page.

Catharine Ellis and Debra Frasier

Natural Dyes, Natural Words: Dyeing Colors & Inventing Color Language

Shakerag Workshops // Session One: June 8 – 14, 2014

Sewanee, TN

Course Description

Learn to dye with plants that grow near and far, then use those colors as the doorway to sharpening your natural written language.

Using natural dyes on both protein and cellulose fibers we will take an objective, science-based approach to mordanting while carefully documenting our experiments in applications for both printing and immersion dyeing. Simultaneously, daily writing experiments will focus our efforts to grow a natural writing voice through a rigorous journal process in the company of our natural dye pots. All students will leave with a self-created journal/textbook to use in continuing their own writing and dyeing studies.

This writing and dyeing workshop is taught collaboratively by two gifted artist/teachers, Catharine Ellis and Debra Frasier. Prior incarnations include a session at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. Shakerag will offer this innovative, yet rarely taught class, for 2014, only.

For more information, visit the Shakerag Workshop website:

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