Plants, Bugs, + Mineral Salts: An Introduction to Natural Color
October 24 - 29, 2021
Amy Taylor · msamytaylor.com
Workshop at a glance
Experience an exciting introduction to natural dyes. You will experiment with a variety of natural dyes including cochineal and indigo.
- Using botanical dyes
- Explore shibori methods for dyeing
- Fabrics and dyes
- Soda ash and ferrous sulfate
- Various natural extracts and materials
- Recipe book of fabric samples for natural dyes
- Finishing techniques for textile work
Amy Taylor is a natural dyer who lives in Chicago, Illinois. She operates a small business handmaking naturally dyed undergarments. She taught at Lillstreet Art Center, UCLA, and the Fiberwood Weaving Studio. With a passion for eco-friendly materials and ethical fashion, Taylor’s work focuses on fabric and form to create high quality, one-of-a-kind textiles.
Students will explore an array of natural colors using botanical dyes such as indigo, cochineal, and weld. The class will focus on the historical uses and practices associated with these dyes including a variety of shibori methods such as stitching, clamping, and wrapping. Students will walk away with a comprehensive “recipe book,” fabric samples, and the skills to continue these techniques at home. Open to all skill levels.
COURSE FEE: $600 · materials list
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