Carol Soderlund, Instructor
Dates: September 8th – 12th, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Have you been frustrated when the dye houses discontinue one of your favorite black dyes? Do you sigh in frustration, because all the samples you have developed with these dyes go out the window? Learn about making your own black mixes from the pure primary dyes.
We will create the ever-elusive:
- Neutral blacks, that gradate to neutral grays
- Warm blacks, that gradate to pinky lavender
- Cool blacks, that gradate to steely blue
- Grunge blacks, that gradate to greenish hues
In addition, the class will cover creation of many neutral studies–tans, browns, gray-blues, gray-reds, and other chromatic grays. Think of the palest alabaster to inky night sky–all values ranges will be examined. Taupes and tans can be fascinating as well–ecru, heath, titanium, putty, and driftwood. Sharing our results, we will compile a large reference book–our own 50 Shades of Gray will just be the beginning of our explorations in Neutral Territory, as we cross into 50 Shades of Brown as well. From shibori to screen printing, neutrals pose their own unique dye challenges and opportunities. We will examine the particular tricks and tips for dyeing neutrals when using immersion, low water immersion, and thickened dye applications.
As time allows, interested students may also pursue discharge studies. When the subtleties and color shifts of discharge are added to the mix, possibilities explode! Consideration of the evocative nature of neutral color, and ideas of combining neutrals with punchy colors will be discussed. From subtle atmosphere to dramatic moodiness, the range of expressiveness with neutrals is limitless. The materials fee covers all the dyes and necessary chemicals, handouts and swatchbook pages, and all the fabric necessary for the sample book. Carol will bring a variety of other equipment to use in class.