Do you want to freshen up an old shirt or dye some socks or napkins? Have you wondered what plants growing outside your door would make dye?
In this one day workshop, learn how to dye cotton fabric with wild appalachian plants and natural dye extracts.
In this hands-on workshop, we will prepare our cotton goods for dyeing and learn the importance of scouring and mordanting. We will calculate dye stuffs and prepare dye baths from wild collected plants (walnut and goldenrod) and a natural dye extract (madder). We will learn a few techniques for creating patterns on dye goods and spend the afternoon dyeing our wares. Working with shades of red, yellow and brown, we will be mimicking the beauty of fall that surrounds us in this outdoor classroom.
Participants are invited to bring cotton goods of their choose, up to 2 pounds. Specific details will be included with registration confirmation. Additionally, several dye ready goods will be available for purchase for those eager to dye more.
No experience necessary.
DATE AND TIME:
September 9th, 12pm-5pm
The Patchwork Underground
578 Garren Creek Road
Fairview, NC 28730
The Patchwork Underground is a gathering place for creativity. With art gardens and studio space surrounded by nature, you will find yourself immersed in beauty that inspires. Join us for workshops and get-togethers as we explore the possibility of working with plants to create art.
ACCESSIBILITY: The Patchwork Underground is within 20 minutes of downtown Asheville. The outdoor workshop spaces are accessed by walking over a textured field, or accessible by vehicle if needed. Indoor restroom facilities are accessible by stairs.
Process, community and collaboration will be the themes of this 2 part workshop. Starting with raw materials, transform plants into sheets of paper and bind them into handmade books.
In the first session, learn the details of harvesting, cooking, and blending plant fibers into a workable pulp. Get hands-on in the vats of pulp to collectively pull sheets of paper from 4 common plant species. Working together, the group will produce shared stacks of paper for bookbinding.
In session two, you will transform the handmade paper to create a series of hand stitched pamphlet books that can used for drawing and journaling, or as a reference for future paper making explorations.
Participants will work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Everyone will take home at least 2 books, reference handouts, and the skills to make plant based paper and pamphlet books on their own.
Registration sliding scale: $75-100.
Class size is limited to 8.