We’ve Got the Blues: Indigo Dyeing for Paper & Cloth – Mary Hark
July 10 - July 14| $750
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $40
Class limit: 6
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Workshop participants will be immersed in studio production, making use of this powerful and historic color on handmade paper and a variety of textiles. Experienced dyers are encouraged to bring works-in-progress and ideas for new projects. Beginners will be introduced to the process of papermaking with fibers that are appropriate for this immersion dye process, such as Asian fibers, flax, abaca, and linen cloth, as well as to shibori resist dye techniques. Each student will be supported and encouraged as they use these processes and materials to expand their creative practice with the breadth of possibility offered by the indigo vat.
Studio work will be complimented by discussion of the historic and contemporary use of indigo, informal critiques of works-in-progress, and technical information for papermaking and dyeing in home studios and classrooms. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of what this color can mean, a portfolio of beautiful samples of indigo blue on cloth and handmade paper, completed work, and the information necessary to continue on this path. This will be an intensive week of indigo dyeing for all levels of experience.
Mary is one of our favorite teachers. She was one of the first artists to use indigo dye on both cloth and paper. She is the perfect blend of fiber artist and papermaker. This is always a very popular class, so sign up early.
Register now by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.
Mary Hark is the proprietor of Hark! Handmade Papers, which specializes in small editions of high quality flax and linen papers. In 2006, Hark received a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to study textiles in West Africa. Since that time, she has spent several months each year as an Artist-in-Residence at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, where she is building the first hand paper mill in West Africa. She received MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Professor of Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mary Hark exhibits her mixed media work internationally.