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  • DEEP DIVE Series: Surface Design 1 with Fiber Reactive Dyes $260 + $80 Materials Fee

DEEP DIVE Series: Surface Design 1 with Fiber Reactive Dyes $260 + $80 Materials Fee

  • 23 Aug 2022
  • 29 Sep 2022
  • 12 sessions
  • 23 Aug 2022, 5:00 PM 8:00 PM (MDT)
  • 25 Aug 2022 (MDT)
  • 30 Aug 2022 (MDT)
  • 1 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 6 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 8 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 13 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 15 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 20 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 22 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 27 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • 29 Sep 2022 (MDT)
  • Manitou Art Center Dye Lab
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This course is a deep dive introduction to surface design with fiber reactive dyes.

Spanning 6 weeks, the classes cover processes and methods to create pattern and design on the surface of fabric, culminating in a length of fabric.

The classes teach how to:

  • thicken fiber reactive dyes
  • mix color
  • make and use resists
  • introduce methods such as stamping
  • monoprinting

to apply the dyes to the fabric.

Registrants will develop their own motifs as well as using pre-made motifs to explore pattern and texture on different types of fabric provided by the instructor.

Students walk away with practice samples and a final 1/2-1 yard length of fabric they design and dye themselves. This class is great for quilters and sewists who want to use their own signature fabric. It's also great for those who want to learn something new!

Student Supply List:

  • sketch book/notebook
  • folder
  • gloves
  • apron
  • sharpie
  • binder
  • page protectors
  • pins
  • scissors
  • $80 Materials Fee (paid to instructor at first class)

Learning Outcome:

  • safely use fiber reactive dyes
  • thicken dyes
  • mix color
  • use resists
  • use pattern
  • create a length of fabric
  • use the dye lab independently

$260 Tuition Fee for Members and Non-Members

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.

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