Elin Noble: Summer Workshops (Natural Dyes, Itajime, and more)
Photo courtesy of Elin Noble.
Itajime shibori with Elin Noble. Photo courtesy of Elin Noble.
WSN Member Elin Noble
will be leading 2 summer workshops in Michigan and Massachusetts, in June and July. The first workshop will be covering natural dyes by creating a color library, and the second one will be focusing on clamp resist technique (specifically Itajime shibori).
1. Natural Dyes, New Methods
Date: June 26-29, 2015
Location: Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 East Mitchell Street
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Class description: In the first part of this class, each participant will use natural dye extracts to create a color library. This color library will be created using three mordants (and mixtures of them) and at least twelve dyes (including cochineal, pomegranate, Himalayan rhubarb, weld, and madder). This will become a reference library for future projects.
The second part of the class introduces polychromatic dyeing. Prior to dyeing we will apply mordants to cloth through shibori, hand application, or printing techniques, including discharge and overprinting. In a one-color dye bath we will attain multiple colors and patterns, depending on the mordant mixtures and where and how they have been applied. We will also hand-paint a range of dyes onto the mordanted cloth, thereby achieving an even wider range of colors, shapes and spaces.
How to make and maintain a quick eco-friendly indigo vat will be introduced. Safety precautions in using natural dyes will be discussed and demonstrated. In this class, Elin will share Michel Garcia’s recipes and ongoing research.
2. Folds for Clamp-Dye Resist
Date: July 6-10, 2015
Location: PRO Chemical & Dye
126 Shove St.
Fall River, MA 02724
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Class description: Itajime shibori, or clamp-resist dyeing, is based on wooden boards held on either side of accordion folded cloth, then dyed. This class is an in depth exploration of how the different folds and the location, shape, and size of the wood boards influence the overall pattern. At least fifteen different folds will be demonstrated. Procion MX fiber reactive dyes will be used to dye cellulose fibers (cotton, rayon, Tencel, hemp, and linen). Color mixing without using a recipe will be demonstrated and applied. The class will result in dozens of dyed samples and the participants will be ready to explore their own vocabulary.