VERMONT SUMMER SESSION

August 5 - 23, 2019 at The BARN AT LONE ROCK, Marshfield School of Weaving

I'll be hosting five workshops over three weeks during the glorious height of summer in my home state, Vermont.

The first week is devoted to working with mordants. Two separate classes will explore options for all-over dyeing, shibori and block printing.

The second week is devoted to working with indigo. We will extract pigment from indigo plants grown in the garden of the school, learn to create our own vats and work with both shibori and rice paste resist to create graphic patterns on fabric.

The third week is an advanced session. This is only open to experienced dyers looking to work together to explore questions in natural dye. You will need to supply information regarding your dyeing experience, photos of work as well as suggestions for subjects for group study. We are planning to work through a problematic process, explore options, document outcomes and publish the results of our work.

The classes run from daily 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM with an hour-long break for lunch (pack your own, there is a kitchen in the farmhouse but no provided meals).

Join me for all or part of this time to take a deep dive into the world of natural dyeing (and maybe a few lakes). There are (very limited) residential options available through the school as well as places to stay in and near Marshfield and Plainfield, VT. I'm so excited for this!

Classes are expected to fill so please reserve ASAP.

INFORMATION FOR CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS FOR MARSHFIELD SUMMER SESSIONS:

If you are unable to attend, a 100% refund is available up to 60 days prior to the class.

Between 60-30 days prior to class, full refund, less a cancellation fee of $100.

Within 30 days of the class, no refund.

Registration is transferable for no fee at any time prior to the start of the class.

All classes will be held at the Barn at Lone Rock, adjacent to the Marshfield School of Weaving.


WEEK ONE : MORDANT DYEING

Natural Dyes 101 : Introduction to Mordant Assisted Dyeing
250.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Monday August 5 - Tuesday August 6, 2019

Walk the fields and identify locally abundant natural dye sources. Learn methods for extracting a range of colors from each plant that grows around us. In this course we will create blocks, mix print mediums, dye with two easy-to-identify plants common to the Northeast United States : yellow and olive from Goldenrod, Solidago canadensis, and gray and black from Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina. Students will leave the workshop with a stack of fabrics of different shades and prints.

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Natural Dyes 102 : Layering Colors and Shift Clamp Itajime
375.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Wednesday August 7 through Friday August 9, 2019

In recent years the word Shibori has become associated strongly with indigo dyed textiles, but this traditional pattern making method can be used with nearly every natural dye color! In this course, students will explore itajime (bound resist) style pattern making. The dyes can be layered on top of each other to create a beautiful array of pattern and color. No experience is necessary but a working understanding of mordant based dyeing is helpful.

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For an early registration discount on the full week of Mordant Classes use the Discount Code MORDANTWEEK2019 at checkout. Good through February 1, 2019.


WEEK 2 : INDIGO DYEING

Indigo 101 : Fresh Leaf Extraction and Vat Making
250.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Monday August 12 & Tuesday August 13, 2019

Yes, you can grow indigo in Vermont! In fact, there are hundreds of different species of plant that contain indigo pigment. We will be working with one species, Persicaria tinctoria, grown on the premises. In this course we will learn how to gather, process and extract pigment from leaves of this plant in two different ways. Attendees will receive complimentary seeds as well as tips on growing this plant in their own garden. This course will concentrate on folding and preparing fabrics in traditional Itajime Shibori patterns using wood blocks and rope to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Students will complete scarves scarves and fabric swatches on both silk and cotton. This class appeals to those who like the excitement and surprise of creating impromptu patterns.  

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Indigo 102 : Rice Paste Resist Printing and Dyeing
375.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Wednesday August 14 through Friday August 16, 2019

Indigo only dyes what it can touch! In this workshop students will learn to create a resist paste from rice flour. This paste will be applied onto fabric by brush, stencil and screen. Wherever the paste is applied, the fabric will remain un-dyed while the rest of the piece absorbs color. Students will explore layering prints to create different tones of blue and will practice the challenging and subtle techniques of dipping printed pieces and maintaining the health of an indigo vat. This type of pattern making appeals and rewards those interested in graphic design, patience, control and attention to detail.

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For an early registration discount on the full week of classes use the Discount Code INDIGOWEEK2019 at checkout. Good through February 1, 2019.


WEEK 3 : PAINTING BY HAND

Pattern by Hand 101 : Iron on Tannin
250.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Monday August 19 & Tuesday August 20, 2019

Explore the freedom of gesture and hand-drawn illustration in this introductory, monochrome workshop. We will be pre-treating our fabrics in a mixture of natural tannins from sumac and chestnut as well as a fatty milk. This combination of ingredients turns the whole fabric into a canvas, ready to be explored with a brush, pen, or any other means of making marks. The fabric remains a neutral/cream color while everywhere we make marks quickly transforms to gray or black.

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Pattern by Hand 102 : Indigo, Madder, Goldenrod and Tannin
375.00

At Marshfield School of Weaving : 334 Jake Martin Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Wednesday August 21 to Friday August 23, 2019

In this workshop we will be learning to make our own tools for marking fabric. Simple brushes, pens and kalam will be used to apply mordants to yardage. These fabrics will be dyed and fixed and layers of color can be sequentially added to be able to create a full spectrum of tints and tones. Black, yellow, blue and red can be layered and overlapped to explore a large range of the color spectrum available to natural dyes.

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For an early registration discount on the full week of classes use the Discount Code BRUSHWEEK at checkout. Good through February 1, 2019.