NATURAL DYE WORKSHOPS

SUMMER SESSION : WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT, AUGUST 2019

Graham Keegan teaches natural dye courses from the storefront in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. Subjects currently include Indigo: folded and clamped resist (Shibori), printed resist pattern making with stencils (Katazome), and block printing in a range of colors using foraged and purchased natural dyes.

If you would like to explore a natural dye subject and don't see a group course listed, can't find a date that will work or you would prefer to learn privately, you can request and schedule an individually designed course through the contact form.


Gift Card
from 25.00

For those of you hoping to purchase a workshop for a friend or family, I offer gift cards. These allow the recipient to select and schedule their own workshop or purchase any products available in the shop. There is no expiration date, though I do recommend booking classes as soon as possible as they do tend to sell out.

Mudcloths and beyond
150.00

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM with a brief lunch break

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday, January 19, 2020

In this workshop we’ll delve into one of the oldest natural dye combinations recorded! Though we won’t have access to actual fermented mud, we’ll be recreating the active ingredients to dye deep grey and brown marks on fabric. We’ll be creating simple blocks for repeat printing and working with brushes on the fabric to make marks with the dye. This process can be partnered with another class of orange and brown dyes that can be fixed onto the fabric at the same time.

In this workshop we’ll work with three different pigments as well as a dye color modifier to create many different shades of print on fabric.

• Iron and Tannin Blacks

• Annatto Oranges

• Browns from Cutch

• Hand printed pigments with blocks

• Hand painted dyes with brushes

• All materials and supplies provided.

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INDIGO PRINT

LOS ANGELES, CA 90026

Indigo Print Rice Paste Resist
150.00

10:00 - 2:30 PM

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saturday, February 22, 2020

In this class we’ll explore an effective method of creating graphic prints using indigo dye. With reverence to the Japanese traditional dyeing style known as Katazome, we will be creating a rice paste which we will apply onto the fabric through stencils that we cut and prepare in class.

• Limit 8 Attendees for this Class

• Sketch patterns and create stencils to print with a rice paste resist

• Dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat

• Learn the basics of a cold water Iron Indigo vat

• All dyestuff provided

• Two 22" x 22" Cotton Bandanas Provided

• Instruction will be given on cutting stencils and creating resist paste.

• Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please limit the number to 2 items. They should be both small and smooth surfaced (no towels, fuzz, etc), and should be able to fit in an area about 24" square (your dedicated work space). This process takes time and care so we may not have a chance to work on your items, but you will leave with a bevy of knowledge and resources to be able to continue on your own!

• Address and directions to workshop available here.

• To reserve multiple spots, click the button below, select the experience level of the dyer (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, btw just like to have a sense of who's bringing what to the table!), then click the button again. Then proceed to checkout.

• Your place will be reserved at time of payment

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Block Printing With Natural Dyes

Block Printing with Natural Dyes
150.00

10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2109

Saturday, March 21, 2020

In this workshop we’ll explore the fundamental concept of natural dyeing : mordants. What are they? How do they work? Do we need them? We’ll be formulating, mixing and thickening mordant pastes and dyeing with them to create fabrics that enter into just a single infusion but emerge with many different colors dyed onto them. This is one of my favorite processes because so may things are possible from just a few ingredients. Please join me if you’re interested in learning about the basics of graphic design using natural dyes.

• Limit 8 Attendees

• Learn to extract a range of colors from a single dye plant

• Carve your own (simple) blocks from lightweight, strong wood (provided)

• Learn the basics of printed mordant dyes

• Learn about and formulate a variety of mordants

• Print with blocks of your own creation or any in-house blocks

• Print on 2 provided 22" x 22" cotton bandanas.

• Pack a lunch or snacks! Water but no food provided.

• Bring your own item/s to print on, time allowing. Fabrics that lay flat are best, e.g. pillow cases, tote bags, t-shirts, skirts, etc

• Refunds will not be given for cancellations within one week of the workshop unless your reserved spot is filled.

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Block Clamp Rainbow
200.00

Full day workshop 10:00AM to 4:30PM.

Pack a lunch and snacks, break from 12:00-1:00PM.

Limit 8 Attendees

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

• Learn Three forms of tessellation : Lattice, Triangle and Radial

• Layer multiple natural dyes to create multi-colored effects

• Learn the basics of fabric preparation and treatment after dye to give your designs the longest life possible

• Learn how to process plant materials, fresh and dried to create dye infusions

• Practice dyeing and shifting clamps to achieve tonal ranges

All fabric and supplies will be provided.

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Indigo & Shibori Dye Workshop
100.00

1:00 - 4:30 PM

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

In this workshop I’ll shed light on the often shadowy, enigmatic dye, indigo. I’ll discuss (and show and tell as much as possible if plants are in season) methods for extracting the color from the leaves of different varieties of indigo. When the plants are right, I’m happy to share clippings so that you can try growing your own. Once the pigment is out of the plant, the dye work begins. I’ll explain just a few ways how to fold and prepare our fabrics which actually allow us to dye a vast range of patterns. We’ll also discuss washing, care and coatings for UV protection for your textiles

• Limit 12 Attendees

• Learn the fundamentals of this historic pattern making process.

• Concentration on folded, tied and clamped resist

• Dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat

• Learn to create and maintain an indigo vat

• All dyestuff provided

• 2 Bandana or small scarf-sized pieces of fabric will be provided.

• Instruction will be given on a creating a variety of patterns.

• Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please limit to a single item, and please avoid bulky pieces (towels, linens, bedding etc.), as vat space and time are limited.  Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best.

• Address and directions to workshop available here.

• To reserve multiple spots, click the button below, select the experience level of the dyer (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, btw just like to have a sense of who's bringing what to the table!), then click the button again. Then proceed to checkout.

• Your place will be reserved at time of payment

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Development Workshop
300.00

This is a highly focused, one-on-one development session for experienced dyers who have their own studio practice. Over a three hour block of time, we will work through all the problems of one single process. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to add the process or color to your repertoire.

This workshop is meant to empower you with the knowledge and information resources you need to take your pieces to the next level.

Instruction is entirely tailored toward developing sustainable, efficient methods for producing your natural dyed products.

Potential Subjects include :

• Exploration of a single dyestuff you're seeking experienced guidance about.

• Practical problem solving of processes and materials.

• Screen Printing, Block Printing, Stencil Printing, etc and using technology to speed some of the most labor-intensive steps of traditional hand-printing.

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Private Intensive Natural Dye Workshop
600.00

A day-long private session with instruction on your choice of subject matter. Tailored one-on-one instruction on a specific natural dye subject, or bring up two friends or colleagues for a small group class.

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