A Love Affair with Ancient Earth Hues – Guest Blogger : Dana Webb
Learning to work with the ancient hues of the earth offers a satisfying connection to the never-ending human love affair with color and produces cloth with depth and power.
On a truly rainy day in March, a group of enthusiastic fiber artists met at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts studio to explore Surface Design with Natural Dyes. Students were introduced to the dyes in extract form. They learned about their origins, a little about their history, and also about mordanting. Then we launched into making patterns on white cloth with wax, silk screens, freezer paper and stencils, brushing on thin or thickened dyes like paint to build up layers of color and complexity. On the second day we brought up an indigo pot and had great fun dipping our previously painted pieces into blue, marveling at the magic of indigo and the changes this addition made to our colors. We experimented with simple clamp-and-fold and stitched resists to widen the patterning vocabulary. By the end of the weekend everyone was tired, but also energized by the possibilities that had been discovered. Thanks to everyone who participated for making it a wonderful experience. Dana
Thanks to Dana for a wonderful taste of the love affair with Ancient Earth Hues. Watch for this class scheduled to run again in 2014. Our New Natural Dye Series will continue with Dana when she will teach: Immersion Dyeing with Natural Dyes – June 8th and 9th 2013. Watch for the description on our web site. Gail