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Workshops

One Day Workshops

Dyeing with Tannin and Iron

This 7 hour workshop intensive will explore techniques developed by Rio Wrenn and inspired by the ancient craft of Kalamakari from India. By using natural fibers such as silk and basic elements such as iron and various tannins we will explore the magic of printing and dyeing.

This is a natural and ecological method that is quick in its results and has low impact on our environment.

November 11 2017 – More details

Two Day Workshops

Dyeing with Tannin and Iron

This workshop intensive will explore techniques developed by Rio Wrenn and inspired by the ancient craft of Kalamakari from India. By using natural fibers such as silk and basic elements such as iron and various tannins we will explore the magic of printing and dyeing.

This is a natural and ecological method that is quick in its results and has low impact on our environment.

During the workshop we will discuss the history of Kalamakari and use of iron in dyeing over the centuries. Rio will show you how to make your own rust bath from iron and an alternative bath with Ferrous Sulfate crystals. We will make a soy milk bath from fresh beans and discuss uses in printing and color enhancement. From there we will introduce tannins and create baths from concentrate powders and fresh local sources. We will be making pattern and printing with the ancient method of shibori and rust printing.  The focus will be more about how to expand our samples.

 

November 18, 19 2017 – More details

 

Natural Colors and Iron

This two day intensive will explore colors from nature combined with iron. We will create a rich color palate that can be used by weavers, artist, textile designers, paper makers…… By using very little ingredients we can create mixes of color shades to incorporate into a pattern. We will use dye baths and iron objects to create marks and test the ways that the colors shift. I will demonstrate how to create pattern with a few basic shibori methods, in combination with metal objects, and  from there the possibilities are endless.

September 23, 24 2017 and January 13, 14 2018 – More details

 

Natural Colors and Alternative Processes

In this two day intensive we will discuss and practice creating dyes with plants harvested locally as well as combining them with mordants such as alum and iron.  By using very little water and raw material we can create color and pattern.  The techniques used will be my original composting method,  printing with iron and immersion dyeing.  The colors and techniques can cross over disciplines such as weaving, paper artists, encaustic, painting, printing, and textile designers, ect…..

October 28, 29 2017 – More details

Five Day Workshop

Exploration of Natural Colors and Processes

This week long series will explore the use of tannin and natural colors with the combinations of mordants such as iron and alum.  We will use extracts and plants with  properties of color and mordants.  All of this will be layered with process such as composting and printing.  We will also understand the ways to harvest and bring intention to your work.

Spring 2018- More details

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