In this three day workshop we will be working with two dyes- indigo and cochineal on fabric using a variety of techniques to create patterns. The allure of these dyes have captivated cultures and peoples around the world for centuries. The cochinal dye comes from insects that produces a rich range of magentas, and red, and indigo can produce a range of blues, the two dyes work well in combination to produce rich colors and patterns. We will explore resist techniques including shibori, stitching, pole wrapping, and batik.
You will also learn how to make your own indigo and cochinal dye vats should you want to continue work with these dyes after this class. You will end up with some cotton scarves as well as some yardage of beautiful hues and patterns of blue cotton. Participants are also encouraged to bring in pieces of clothing to embellish or dye.
Maximum class size: 8
Sayzie Carr has been working with art and textiles in a variety of capacities for decades, first as a designer for print fabrics, and then as a product designer for the luxury home furnishing industry. Most lately she has been producing hand dyed and printed fabrics to create a line of products for the home. She has been particularly obsessed with using indigo because of it’s transformative properties and the richness and variety of colors that can be achieved. Most recently she has been teaching fiber arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Sayzie is a graduate of RISD, and she has exhibited her work in numerous shows in the NYC, New England and the UK. She currently resides in the Hudson Valley.