This class teaches students the fundamentals of using natural plants and natural plant extracts to color fabric. The students will learn how to mordant fabric, color shift with iron mordant and use natural dye powders such as cutch, Kamala and parrot tree to create beautifully colored fabric. We will be dyeing various fabrics to see how the color looks on different types of fabric. Students will walk away with the beginnings of a color sample binder.
Fee: $85 member $95 non-member
Materials Fee: $25, includes various samples of fabric, dye powders and mordants
Please bring: Mask, gloves, apron, notebook, card stock, stapler/staples, sharpie marker, label stickers (optional), hole punch (optional), pinking shears (optional)
Learning Outcome: Students will know how to dye with natural dye stuff, from mordanting to using extracts, dyestuff and plants.
Teacher: Melanie Audet
Melanie Audet is originally from the Detroit area of Michigan. She received a BA from Albion College and a BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she learned how to use synthetic dyes. She has continued her education by learning the art of natural dyes. She is the owner and proprietor of Melanie Audet Limited Editions and Twig and Berry Dyes. Her love for textiles is more of a compulsion and she loves to share this passion with others.