Kristy offers a limited number of classes in her Portland, OR studio and prepares kits for home workshops guided by an interactive online platform. There are currently only home workshops (materials provided) available.
Botanical Printing + Natural Dyes : Home Workshop
An in-depth study of botanical printing and the abundant variety of results that can be acheived with mordants, natural dyes and modifiers.
SPRING 2018: Registration closes April 1. Kits mail and online workshop opens first week of May, 2018.
Cost: $455 Class and materials fee + $18 shipping US. Actual shipping rates apply outside of the US.
Dates: Online platform opens early April for equipment preparation and student introductions. Kits mail the last week of April. Lessons begin May 4.
Online schedule: Students will be presented with new lessons every Friday after we begin. The lessons can be completed by students AT ANY TIME through August for instructor feedback. Active discussions online will end at that time, but the resource of video demonstrations, PDF lessons, student's photos and discussions will remain on the site for several months. If you are unable to get to the discussions during our active work time, the resource will be there for you when you are ready or as a review at a later date. More below.
Natural dyes used in this workshop include but are not limited to, logwood, madder, cochineal, weld, chestnut and indigo.
Students will learn to recognize and control the three key properties in leaves that result in successful botanical prints ... Pigment, tannin, and the ability to discharge.
The focus of the workshop is botanical printing and learning how to achieve desired results on a variety of fabrics. Students will also learn proper mordant techniques for silk and wool fabrics, and how to work with natural dyes and dye extracts, in order to prepare fabrics for printing.
With a user friendly forum for online support from Kristy and chat rooms for sharing, participants will be able to see results of other students as we work through a series of 8 lessons. The resulting samples are and encyclopedia of information on botanical printing and relate specifically to the native and readily available flora in your own neighborhood ... Good note taking on fellow students' results will add even more to the bounty of information gathered from this workshop!
The lessons are easily completed in a kitchen environment (although working outdoors can be very satisfying!) and requires no more than a some large pots for steaming, spoons, bowls, bucket and colander. A complete list of equipment required for steaming fabrics will go out to students in early April with links to purchase online. Budget and additional $100 for equipment if you need to purchase the entire list new. Thrift stores will be a great resource for these items as well.
This home workshop includes a substantial materials kit. Shipping charges are added at checkout.
International students are welcome to register. Additional shipping charges may apply (up to $15).