In the Thick Of It: Working with Thickened Dyes and Discharge
Carol Soderlund, Instructor
September 9-13, 2017 (9am-4pm)
Material fee: $75
When fiber reactive dyes are thickened, they can be used in a very painterly way. Using your personal color inspiration, you will develop a palette of color in thickened dye from which to work.
We will investigate textural mark making and personal imagery through the use of artist-made tools. Each day, you will create a new tool set with which to print, derived from your personal iconography. Tools will include carved rubber and foam stamps, as well as stencils and masks. Carol will discuss the use of creating stencils with craft cutters such as the Silhouette and the Brother as well as by hand.
Thermofax screens and the use of Gelli plates with dye will round out the tool box.
As well as layering color by printing, some students may choose to use a thickened discharge agent to remove color with some of the same tools. (Discharging will be done outdoors rather than in the classroom.) Very evocative effects can be achieved as the techniques are layered together.
Carol will take the mystery out of these wonderful transforming effects. Safety and good studio practices will be emphasized. Some experience with Procion MX dyes is a plus.