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.