Learn how to use a wild assortment of natural and easily found materials to make marks and colours on fabric. We’ll focus on two primary means of using dyestuffs to create colour: dye pots to colour large swaths of cloth, and eco prints to create bursts of colour.
Dye Pots – Did you know that an old rusty can and your leftover tea bags can make the most beautiful marks on fabric? And that an indigo vat is a living organism? Learn how to use rust, tannin, and indigo to create your own dyed fabrics. Delve into marigold, sumac, onion, goldenrod, rhubarb… the possibilities are endless. Learn to recognize and use many of the dyestuffs we find around us – on roadsides and fields, in our gardens and in our kitchens. Using recycled cotton, we will explore resists, mordants, and the secrets to dyeing with natural materials. Bring home a set of samples to remind you of the techniques and to use in your own practice.
Eco Prints – Want to capture the glorious bounty of summer? We will explore different ways to draw the dyestuff out of leaves and flowers and other natural materials to print directly on silk and paper. The results are surprising and magical, and the possibilities endless. We will also explore different treatments of the resulting prints. Bring home a mounted print and a printed silk scarf to impress your friends!
Cost: This retreat costs $295 and includes all materials, meals, activities, and instruction.