Natural Dye Master Class
Sara Goodman, Instructor
October 23-27, 2017 (9am – 4pm)
Materials Fee: $30
Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore
This 5 day class will cover the basics of using natural dyes including:
- Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates
- How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that
grows in the rain forests of Indonesia)
- How to get a range of colors by combining alum and iron mordants in different proportions.
- Using iron as a color changer, as a mordant and in the dye bath, to obtain a range of beautifulblacks
- We will use these mordants in both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and
thickened surface applications.
- Discharging mordants using citric acid or lemon juice.
- Setting mordants with chalk and wheat bran
- immersion dyeing using concentrated dye extracts, dry and fresh materials
- making thickened stock solutions for painting, printing, silk screening etc.
- making and maintaining a natural fermentation indigo vat
- over-dyeing for complex colors
- Light fastness and setting dyes using curing and steaming
Students will leave the class with:
- a notebook containing instructions and recipes for all the mordant and dye procedures from the class,
- a specific set of samples that illustrate each of the procedures we did linked to the notebook
- a cloth color chart illustrating all the mordants crossed with all the dyes
- samples of your own, on your own cloth, that utilize what you’ve learned to make this new knowledge
Most importantly, this week is meant to address students’ specific needs so bring your own interests and questions