Aug 14-18 Earth & Sky Natural Dye Kids Camp
Aug
14
to Aug 17

Aug 14-18 Earth & Sky Natural Dye Kids Camp

Price: $175
Ages: 7- 12
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructor: Sarita Westrup and Analise Minjarez

Explore the earth and the heavens using plant dyes and pigments created with specimens of this world! Use natural dyes to paint a desert scene bandana with cochineal, design and dye a talisman necklace made of felt, indigo resist a constellation fabric painting, weave a mountain landscape with watercolor paper & botanical inks, and more! Students will learn the art and science of natural dyes, how to use them, and how to soft hang all fabric artworks so they are ready to hang on the wall. We will also pay homage to contemporary natural dye artists while looking at the rich history of textiles arts from the USA.

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Aug 6 Botanical Inks
Aug
6
2:00pm 2:00pm

Aug 6 Botanical Inks

Price: $60 person
Instructor: Sarita Westrup

This workshop will explore the use of natural dye watercolor and flower stamping techniques.  Learn how to mix your own watercolor inks from natural plant materials using foraged plants and powder dye extracts with gum arabic and alum. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them to alter hues with additives such as iron, vinegar, and citric acid. Participants will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques and paint their own designs on watercolor papers.

Participants can except to leave with recipes and a natural dye book of color swatches and techniques.

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Jul 9 -22 Sculptural Basketry
Jul
9
to Jul 22

Jul 9 -22 Sculptural Basketry

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SOLD OUT
Instrutor: Sarita Westrup

This workshop will cover expressive ways to use basketry to create sculptural works from organic, found, and recycled materials. We’ll work intuitively with chosen objects while incorporating off-the-loom textile structures such as twining and netting. Materials might include waxed linen, reed, wire, cast concrete, air-dried clay, and anything students bring with them. We’ll emphasize process, material relationships, and experimentation. All levels.

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Jun 24 & 25 Shibori & Organic Indigo
Jun
24
to Jun 25

Jun 24 & 25 Shibori & Organic Indigo

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Price: $175 ( SWSA Member $165)
Dates: Sat & Sun, 6/24/2017 to 6/25/2017 | 10:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Building: Santikos Building
Instructor: Sarita Westrup

Students will explore the ancient tradition of Shibori dying. Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye. We will focus on obtaining beautiful blues on cotton and silk using indigo. Students will learn how to make three different organic indigo vats from scratch using fructose, henna, and iron as reduction agents, and while encouraged to sample dye, it will still be possible to complete a small product during the workshop. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Students are welcomed to bring addition natural fiber cloth to add to the dye pot. 

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Jun 19 – 23 Earth & Sky Natural Dye Kids Camp
Jun
19
to Jun 22

Jun 19 – 23 Earth & Sky Natural Dye Kids Camp

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Price: $150 per week (SSA members $135)
Ages: 7- 12
Time: 9am-12pm
Instructor: Sarita Westrup and Analise Minjarez

Explore the earth and the heavens using plant dyes and pigments created with specimens of this world! Use natural dyes to paint a desert scene bandana with cochineal, design and dye a talisman necklace made of felt, indigo resist a constellation fabric painting, weave a mountain landscape with watercolor paper & botanical inks, and more! Students will learn the art and science of natural dyes, how to use them, and how to soft hang all fabric artworks so they are ready to hang on the wall. We will also pay homage to contemporary natural dye artists while looking at the rich history of textiles arts from the USA.

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June 11 Eco Printing
Jun
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

June 11 Eco Printing

Price: $60 per person
Instructor: Sarita Westrup

In this workshop we will explore the magic of bundle dyeing on silk with organic materials. This process imprints beautiful color on cloth by using mordants salts, pressure, and steam while using very small amounts of water and dyestuff. Participants will learn the natural dye basics such as how to extract natural color, what are mordants and how to use them to prep silk. We will experiment bundle dyeing with historical natural dyestuff such as cochineal, marigold, and madder root as well as experiment with kitchen dyes such as onion-skins and hibiscus flowers. Students will complete two silk scarves and leave with an instructional guide to take home. 

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MAY 6 & 7 Natural Dye Weekend
May
6
to May 7

MAY 6 & 7 Natural Dye Weekend

from 140.00

Date: Saturday , May 6,  2-6pm & Sunday, May, 7  2-5pm
Location: 817 W. Davis Street #110
 Instructor: Sarita Westrup

During this two-day workshop we will experiment dyeing with indigo, cochineal, and marigold to receive the full spectrum of natural color on cotton & silk. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants and tannins, and how to use them to prep cotton for the dye bath. Every one will leave with a collection of swatches in a rainbow of colors and small explorations to fill their dye book. 

* Students are welcomed to bring any additional cotton cloth to dye. Please be prepared to bring all cloth on day one of the workshop.  

DAY ONE: Organic Indigo BLUE + clay RESIST
Date: Saturday, May 6,  2-6pm
Participants will learn how to make an organic indigo vat from scratch using indigo, fructose, and lime. Titled the sugar vat, this indigo recipe produces beautiful blues on cellulose and protein fibers. All participants will experiment tying and dyeing techniques as well as how to mix a clay resist paste that can be painted on fabric to prevent indigo dye from penetrating designed areas. Students will also learn how to tannin and mordant fibers so cloth will be ready to paint and dye for day two. 

DAY TWO: Printing on Cotton
Cochineal RED + Marigold YELLOW
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2-5pm
Participants will explore the process of preparing dried cochineal bugs and marigold flowers for the dye bath to receive beautiful reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and greens on cotton. Students will learn how to create painted and stamped patterns on cotton using thickened mordants.

 

*Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. If you'd like to bring a group please call or email for discounted rates.

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FOOD AND LODGING

 

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June 25 Bundle Dyeing
Jun
25
10:00am10:00am

June 25 Bundle Dyeing

Instructor: Sarah Westrup

In this 6 hour workshop we will explore the magic of bundle dyeing on silk and cotton with organic materials. This process imprints beautiful color on cloth by using mordants salts, pressure, and steam while using very small amounts of water and dyestuff. Participants will learn the natural dye basics such as how to extract natural color, what are mordants and tannins, and how to use them to prep silk and cotton. We will experiment bundle dyeing with historical natural dyestuff such as cochineal, marigold, and logwood as well as experiment with kitchen dyes such as onion-skins and hibiscus flowers. Students will be given1/4 yard of silk, 1 silk scarf, and a cotton scarf to dye. We will also make samples prints on paper to add to your eco color library. All participants will leave with an instructional guide to take home.

 

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January 17 Bundle Dyeing
Jan
17
11:00am11:00am

January 17 Bundle Dyeing

$65.00
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

In this two hour workshop we will explore the magic of bundle dyeing on silk with organic plant materials. This process imprints beautiful color on cloth by using mordants salts, pressure, and steam while using very small amounts of water and dyestuff. Participants will learn the natural dye basics such as how to extract natural color, what are mordants and how to use them to prep silk. We will experiment bundle dyeing with historical natural dyestuff such as cochineal, marigold, and madder root as well as experiment with kitchen dyes such as onion-skins and hibiscus flowers. Students will complete two silk scarves and leave with an instructional guide to take home.  

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December 13 Natural Dyes: The Dark Side
Dec
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

December 13 Natural Dyes: The Dark Side

$65.00
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

In celebration of the natural forces that bring us the shortest day and longest night of the year we will acknowledge the up coming winter solstice by dyeing cloth the blackest black that natural dyes can provide. On this day the dark secret of achieving deep natural colors will be shared.  Participants will explore how to receive a range of greys and blacks on cotton and silk using natural dyes rich in tannic acid and mixed with iron mordants. We will explore dye stuff such as cutch, pomegranate rinds, and cochineal bugs to receive complex black hues lush with undertones of red, green, and blue.All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them for the dye bath. Students will explore tying and dyeing techniques on three raw silk handkerchiefs and will leave with a dye notebook and swatches to take home. Students are welcomed to bring one article of clothing to dye in the dye bath of their choice so they may dress up as the night sky. 

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November 21 Painting with Natural Dyes
Nov
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

November 21 Painting with Natural Dyes

$70.00
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

In this class students will learn the magic of dyeing with the most celebrated insect and flower in Mexico called, cochineal and marigold. Historically, cochineal was used to achieve the most luscious of reds, pinks, and purples on cloth and marigolds were used to receive rich warm yellows. Both dyes have a high light fastness and can achieve an array of cool and warm tones. Participants will explore the process of preparing dried cochineal bugs and marigolds for dyeing and will learn how to create painted patterns on silk and cotton using thickened mordants.  Every one will leave with a collection of swatches and three 17”x17” handkerchiefs dyed and designed by the student artist themselves! This class is geared towards beginners who are looking to dive right into the world of natural dyes.

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October 24 Organic Indigo
Oct
24
2:30pm 2:30pm

October 24 Organic Indigo

60.00
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

Participants will learn how to make an organic indigo vat from scratch using indigo, iron, and lime. Titled the mineral vat, this indigo recipe produces beautiful blues exclusively on cotton fibers. All participants will explore clamping and tying & dyeing techniques to create free formed resisted patterns. Instructor will also demonstrate how to mix a clay resist paste that can be painted on fabric to prevent indigo dye from penetrating designed areas. 

Materials include:
(3) 17” x 17” cotton scarves

*Students are welcomed to bring addition natural fiber cloth to add to the dye pot.

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July 19 Natural Dyes: Kitchen Dyes
Jul
18
to Jul 19

July 19 Natural Dyes: Kitchen Dyes

$65.00
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

In this 2 hour workshop participants will be introduced to the world of natural dyes while experimenting with accessible food items such as avocado pits, hibiscus flowers, and black beans to get a range of beautiful colors. Colors vary from pink, magenta, purple, and grey. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants, and how to use them to prep silk for the dye bath. Studentswill explore tying and dyeing techniques on three raw silk handkerchiefs and will leave with a dye notebook and swatches to take home. 

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Painting with Natural Dyes
Jul
11
to Jul 12

Painting with Natural Dyes

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Tuition: $275 | Members: $260 
Instructor: Sarah Westrup 

Dates: Sat & Sun, 7/11/2015 to 7/12/2015 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
Studio: Droste Design Studio | Campus: Navarro 

This course, designed for beginners interested in diving right into the world of natural dye color, will introduce the rich and vibrant world of natural dyes. Learn about using natural dye materials such as cochineal, marigold, and cutch to create warm tones, and how to paint with mordants (used to set dyes) such as iron and alum on cotton and silk to attain multiple colors in one dye bath as well as how to mix mordant recipes and discharge pastes. Students will work towards completing at least three explorations that will function as a resource for their future dyeing adventures. Students will receive two 17 x17-inch cotton scarves and one 17 x 17-inch silk scarf. Please see SSA website for a list of suggested materials; please bring a lunch both days. 

 

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June 20-21 Natural Dyes Weekend
Jun
20
to Jun 21

June 20-21 Natural Dyes Weekend

$140.00

Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 12-4pm
Instructor: Sarah Westrup

During this two-day workshop we will experiment dyeing with indigo, cochineal, and marigold to receive the full spectrum of natural color on cotton. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants and tannins, and how to use them to prep cotton for the dye bath. Every one will leave with a collection of swatches and six 17”x17” handkerchiefs dyed and designed by the student artist themselves!

* Students are welcomed to bring any addition cotton cloth to dye. Please be prepared to bring all cotton cloth on day one of the workshop.  

DAY ONE: Organic Indigo BLUE + clay RESIST
Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 12pm-4pm
Participants will learn how to make an organic indigo vat from scratch using indigo, iron, and lime. Titled the mineral vat, this indigo recipe produces beautiful blues exclusively on cotton fibers. All participants will explore tying and dyeing techniques as well as how to mix a clay resist paste that can be painted on fabric to prevent indigo dye from penetrating designed areas. Students will also learn how to tannin and mordant fibers so cloth will be ready to paint and dye for day two. 
Materials include:
(3) 17” x 17” cotton scarves

DAY TWO: Printing on Cotton
Cochineal RED + Marigold YELLOW
Date: Sunday, June 21
Time: 12pm-4pm
Participants will explore the process of preparing dried cochineal bugs and marigold flowers for the dye bath to receive beautiful reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and greens on cotton. Students will learn how to create painted patterns on cotton using thickened mordants and observe the varied results between tannined and un-tannined cloth.
Materials include:
(3) 17” x 17” cotton scarves

 

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