Natural Dye, Ink and Pigment Intensive

August 27 - August 31, 2021

Natural Dye, Ink and Pigment Intensive

$685.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $70
Registration Fee: $30

This intensive course will delve into the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable color. Come learn the basics of choosing and preparing fibers, and extracting color from a variety of dye plants. Special attention will be paid to the selection of mordants for lasting color in both textiles and works on paper. After getting familiar with the best practices of natural dyeing, we’ll extend the applications for our botanical palette with homemade inks and lake pigments inspired by historical recipes. This process stabilizes and preserves the dyes for future projects, and uses up every drop of natural color. As the class progresses, you will be free to pursue your own projects with Natalie’s support, and everyone will leave with swatches documenting our creations.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Natalie Stopka

Natalie Stopka is a New York based artist focused on creative processes rooted in the materials and forces of the natural world. Her pursuit of historical surface patterning techniques includes natural dyeing, pigment extraction, marbling, and printmaking. These meticulous, layered processes incorporate materials grown in her studio garden, creating a seasonally evolving vocabulary of texture and color. She is a former Van Lier/Stein Family Scholar for Advance Study at the Center for Book Arts and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She maintains a studio and garden in New York.

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