REGISTRATION CLOSED - White on Blue: Organic Indigo and Resist Printing with Tasha Miller Griffith
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Discover the ancient magic of the organic indigo vat, where blue pigment lies waiting in yellow liquid, turning fabric green and then blue in the air. Indigo is one of the best-known and longest-lasting natural dyes, discovered independently by cultures around the world. We'll set up a vat using natural ingredients, and then use brushes, stencils, and screens to apply resist pastes (they resist the indigo dye) to fabric for a wide variety of white-on-blue designs.
Students will leave this workshop with all the skills needed to prepare fabrics, make their own indigo vats, and continue creating new designs to their heart's content. Working with natural dyes is a great way to reclaim a sense of place and individuality in our clothing and textiles, as well as a more sustainable craft practice. You'll be able to use the tools and processes from this workshop almost anywhere as you continue your own explorations of natural color.
Students should bring comfortable clothes and shoes which you don't mind getting dye on and/or an apron; rubber gloves; an old plain terry cloth bath towel (bring two if you have room when packing); and four to eight light-colored, small fabric items to dye and print on as time permits, such as scarves or bandanas, pillowcases, dishtowels, or smaller cuts of fabric for later projects. These should be made of cellulose fiber (cotton/linen/hemp etc.), and should not include synthetic fiber content. New and used/thrifted items both work well. Things you feel free to play and experiment with are the best. Please note fabric items for dyeing should be as clean as possible (scoured or washed according to origin and type).
Students will receive more information through email before the workshop.
Date & Time
Sunday, June 5th from 9 am to 4 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
In addition to the workshop registration fee, a material fee of $30.00 is payable to the instructor at the start of the workshop. This fee will cover all dyes and ingredients used in this workshop. Students will receive a handout covering the techniques learned.
About the Instructor
Tasha Miller Griffith works at the intersection of belonging, sustainability, and textile craft. She has been drawn to threads of all kinds since she was very small, and she is always trying to figure out what makes things work. In her classes, she works to build a deep understanding of concepts through hands-on experimentation in a warm and inspiring environment. Tasha is the Education Director at Threaded Together, a nonprofit in her hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona devoted to teaching textile arts skills. She also teaches nationally at folk schools and fiber arts events, and writes for magazines including Taproot and PLY.
Learn more about Tasha at www.tashamillergriffith.com.
Artwork Credit: Work in second photo by student Patti Lentz. Work in third photo by student Lindsey Alvorez.