Introduction to Shibori and Indigo
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
August 12, 2023-1 Session (Saturday)
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Connors
Class Fee: $140 non-members + $20 supply fee
$126 BRMAA members + $20 supply fee
Indigo is an ancient dye derived from the leaves of plants and surrounded by magic, mystery, and folklore. Discover how the leaves “make blue” by learning about the character and chemistry of the natural indigo vat. The complex chemistry of the indigo vat is fascinating, and students will soon appreciate how rituals have grown around the making and using of a successful vat. The unique “attaching” of indigo to fiber means it is particularly suited to resist methods of dying, such as shibori, where portions of cloth are closed off to the dye or where the flow of dye is restricted. Different shades of blue build on the fabric after several dips, exhibiting the beautiful, graded hues, which are so typical of indigo.
Students will initially learn how an indigo vat is made. A vat will be prepared in the morning and the basic chemistry explained. The natural indigo powder will be used, and the vat will be “reduced” using a commercially available chemical. While the vat develops, students will be shown several shibori techniques: a folded and clamped method, and a twisted and tied technique. Students can expect to dye an apron and 3 sample sized cotton fabrics in this workshop.
Please bring with you: a pair of new dishwashing-long rubber gloves, a seam-picker or a small pair of sharp scissors, an old shirt or apron (please wear old clothes), closed-toe shoes, a package of rubber bands-assorted sizes, sewing needles with a large sized eye, 1 item of clothing (linen, cotton, viscose or silk) you wish to “upcycle” with your new skills (not too large as we will be sharing a vat, and please pre-scour ALL fabrics before bringing to class. Wash in hot water with mild soap-boil for 20 to 30 minutes). Each person can dye approximately 6 items. The instructor will provide the scarf and other necessary materials for the project.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person.
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