INDIGO FIBER DYEING & RESIST TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL SNACK
August 1-4, 2018 ~ Harrisville Designs - 4 Mill Alley, Harrisville, NH 03450 ~ 603-827-3996
In August I taught a workshop called Indigo Fiber Dyeing & Resist Techniques at Harrisville Designs. As many of you may already know, I became the Creative Director of Harrisville Designs in September and moved my studio practice to New Hampshire. Teaching (and academia) has always been a passion of mine, so I am thrilled to be able to continue teaching in my new role.
In the workshop, students learned the ins and outs of dyeing fiber, using indigo as a starting point. At the end of four days they compiled a swatch book of indigo hues and resist patterns to use as a resource for future projects. Students explored resist processes such as ikat and shibori, and utilized techniques such as stitching, binding, clamping, wrapping and folding. The swatch book they created was composed of yarn and fabric, and students also dyed skeins of yarn, handmade clothing, cotton squares for quilting, and warps for weaving (ikat). The workshop encouraged material experimentation and creative alternatives, and many students pushed the boundaries of resist dyeing techniques, making truly beautiful work.
All of the dyeing was done outside, with class discussions and breaks taking place in the Harrisville Designs studio. Looms were available to students who wished to weave a project during the workshop.
watch Blue Alchemy: Stories Of Indigo, an incredible documentary on indigo dyeing.
favorite shibori book Stitched Shibori: Technique, innovation, pattern, design by Jane Callender.
also read A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing by Vivien Prideaux.
most friendly 'first-time dyer' synthetic indigo found at Dharma Trading Co.