Dyeing to Learn: Fabric as Art

This workshop will introduce you to the wide, wide, world of dye and resist methods. Using MX Dye (fiber reactive dye), we will be exploring experimental methods of resisting dye using glue, flour and more. Towards the second half of the workshop we will be exploring printing patterns using thickened MX dye on thermofax screens and deconstructed silkscreens in order to integrate these processes with the rest of what you have learned in this class. Deconstructed silkscreening is the process of creating a textured rubbing on a silkscreen or drawing directly onto the screen and creating monoprints on your work surface.

Throughout the course we will learn embroidery stitches and how to integrate them into our work as an embellishment tool or resist method. Playing with color and learning how to work in layers will be a big focus and conversation throughout this class. We will be integrating the fabrics we create into a collection of fabric collages.

What you will learn:

  • Dyeing with MX Dye

  • Many different resist techniques

  • How to build up layers of texture and patterns

  • Using a silkscreen to create a dye monoprint

  • Composition

Required supplies for the first class:

  • For the first class bring: paper scissors, fabric scissors pencil and/or pen, sketchbook / notebook

Other supplies, to be discussed:

  • An assortment of fabrics and textiles for stitching, dyeing, and piecing

  • Beads, sequins, trim, etc. to add to and accent your work

  • Apron

  • Dishwashing gloves

  • Old credit cards

  • Four C-clamps

  • Plastic containers with lids (plastic food containers work great); be sure to write your names on the lids

  • Low relief plastic items to be used to take rubbings

  • Extra cotton or silk yardage

  • Silkscreens, preferably 16” x 20”