Real Red, True Blue & Fast Yellows: Using Ancient Natural Dyes to Create Lasting Beauty
Indigo, Madder, and Weld – the names are an incantation for the trinity of natural color in the ancient world of Europe and the near East. Meanwhile in Central America, they created amazing textiles and painting manuscripts with Indigo, Cochineal, and Marigolds starting over 6,000 years ago. In this three-day immersion workshop we will delve into the potential of these 5 nature-based dyes to create pure and long-lasting colors. Each day will focus on one of the three primaries. Sourcing directly from the raw materials, we will create vibrant hues on cloth and paper. This class will provide a strong foundation for working with natural dyes, including the science that makes it all work, how to best prepare fibers, and growing dye plants.
The students will work together creating a full rainbow of dyed cloth samples, and experience the alchemy of making pigment lakes that can be turned into inks and paint. Each student will take home a detailed instruction booklet, a rainbow cloth, and the dye portfolio they create for future reference. Friday: Royal Reds- Madder Root & Cochineal Bugs Dye Session, and making a Madder Lake Saturday: The Sky and Sea – Indigo Blues Dye session, and Mayan Blue pigment Sunday: Yellow like the Sun- Pure Weld & Sacred Marigolds Dye session and Weld Lake
$135 plus a $100 material fee (Please pay material fee directly to instructor)
Where is the event?
Sou'Wester Lodge (See address and directions below)