We'll start with an hour-long seminar which will introduce you to the topic and outline what activities you'll be undertaking. During the six hours, we'll demonstrate various techniques, including:
- Different dye bath preparations
- Basic resist paste with starches, gums and wax
- Basic Shibori patterning techniques such as clamp, pole tried and stitched resists
You will then get the chance to try these techniques out for yourself, starting with identifying fibres/materials and indigo dye sources - both natural (indigo and woad) and synthetic - and moving on to patterning and dyeing your different samples in different baths.
You will complete the process by removing resists and cleaning your samples and we'll then end with a final group critical review to analyse and discuss the results - successes and failures - and to consider the sustainability and ethics of the different dye methods used.
There is no certificate or assessment for this workshop.