Chromaticity: Flat and Glowing
Carol Soderlund, Instructor
Dates August 22-26, 2018 (9am-4pm)
Materials Fee: $50
Skill Level: advanced beginner to advanced
In this workshop we will be delving into the relationship between color and light. As David Hornung says in his text Colour,
“The relationship between color and light is one of the most powerful aspects of twodimensional art. Light itself has a mysterious psychological effect. To see light appear to emanate from within a group of colors is an arresting visual experience.”
Of course, as artists in cloth, we want to translate these ideas to fabric, creating cloth that can convey pure, glowing color, that appears luminous when used, and creating partnered hues that are less glowing, less luminous, ready to be used as contrast in compositions.
To this end, students will learn three methods of creating flat/glowing pairs in hand dyed cloth with Procion MX dyes, using color recipes provided as well as color inspiration they bring from personal inspiration files such as paint chips, photographs, and swatches.
In addition, we will learn four ways to create solid or nearly solid fabrics—two using low water immersion techniques and two using machines. To this end, Carol will bring tabletop machines for student use, and will discuss the methods of using larger machines for solid color dyeing. Students will dye up to one yard cuts of fabric pairs, testing the various methods presented.
Swapping and sharing of color recipes and samples will follow, so that students will emerge with a notebook of flat/glowing pairs and how to achieve them in their own studio practice, as well as yards of paired flat/glowing cloth.
10-12 yards fabric for further dye
PFD–prepared for dyeing– fabric recommended. In addition to cotton,
you may bring some silk, rayon, linen or tencel..
Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/
or photos of your work
small pair scissors for paper and one for
rotary cutter Bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous
layers at once. The large (60 mm) cutters work the best for this.
The 45 mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.
rotary cutting mat 11” x 17” or larger
Quilter’s plexiglas ruler 6” x 12” is suggested size. Must be at least 12” long
Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler–
the the size with slots at least 11” long
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coupons. The Shape Cut Ruler WILL NOT WORK for this class unless
you have the 60 mm cutter, because of the number of layers we cut.
Optional: bed risers for raising tables for
The Barn has quite a few of these….
Office Supplies Label Your Own Supplies!
notebook for note taking and a pen
pencil with a working eraser or a separate
three-ring binder one 1” thick
40 CLEAR page protectors Buy in bulk at office supply store: do not buy those that have
holes through the main section of the page protector. You want
the ones with holes through the a band on the margin.
Scotch Double Sided Tape 1/2” wide enough to total 30 yards of tape
stapler plus extra staples
Sharpie (permanent marker)
Plastic Items If you are flying, the cups and orange juice bottle can be obtained
at the grocery store after arriving. Check with me first, because if
I am driving, I will try to bring extras
15 plastic party cups and 10 plastic picnic
16 oz. Clear cups are nice, but the red Solo cups are fine
one plastic orange juice bottle 1.79 L Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc)
three 6 or 8 oz. pointy top bottles These will hold your dye supply at your table
one plastic shoebox measures about 13.5 x 8.2 x 4.8 inches. The exact size is not
important. This is for reference.
flat piece of plexiglass 1/8” thick by 11 x 14” or 12 x 12” (available at home centers or
local glass shops)
Straight pins for use on design wall
Iron and ironing pad, or old terry towel if you are driving
adhesive lint roller from the dollar store
rubber gloves both the loose dishwashing kind that extend up the arm, and the
closer-fitting latex or nitrile kind
one roll paper towels, and one old towel for
if you are driving
three large buckets – 3-5 gallons if you are driving
one large strong plastic spoon at least 12” long –straight, not bent, is better
one box one gallon ziploc bags
apron or old clothes
Graduated cylinders if you have some from previous classes, bring your 100 ml and
250 ml cylinders. I will bring extra cylinders to share.
one or two high density foam rollers from the painting dept. of the housewares store
Panda washing machine, optional Carol will bring a number of these machines for class use.
However, if you are driving and want to bring your own, feel free.