Indigo: Flotsam

In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore the magic mystery of indigo, one of the oldest and most influential dyes, in a hands-on workshop.
  • Set up an indigo dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for studio use.
  • Explore basic indigo dyeing procedures and shibori resist techniques.
  • Prepare cloth for dyeing and experiment with resist dyeing.

Several projects will deepen your understanding while you acquiring the knowledge to go on using this magic dye with a non-toxic, “green” formula suitable for the home studio. The formula can also be thickened and used to paint or print with indigo. I feel it is important to share this safer, non-toxic, fume-free, inexpensive, and easily disposed of formula widely used during the 18th century.

This workshop complements Barbara’s slide lecture on the Magic of Indigo.

This can be a one, two, or three day workshop. A dye facility or suitable area for heating water, mixing chemicals and dipping and aerating dripping cloth is required. In addition we need a slide projector (if the workshop includes my Indigo slide lecture), work tables, buckets, and a drying rack.

Suitable for all level students. Maximum class size 12 to 14 depending on the space and location.

Materials fee will be collected from students.