“This Good Earth” – Monthly Natural Dying Series by studio ArTour artist Judy Saye-Willis

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“This Good Earth”
First Saturday of the month from 1-5pm beginning December 2018 through September 2019, in The Paradise Center for the Arts textile lab. $40/month or $350 for all ten. Supply fee $5- $20/ month depending on the dyes required for that months project. Supply fee is paid directly to the instructor.

As people become more concerned about the sources of the food they eat, they are also becoming concerned about the sources and materials of the clothes they wear and the fabrics in their homes. During “This Good Earth” workshop series you will learn about natural dying with materials from plants, trees and the earth. Examples would be indigo, avocado, black walnut, goldenrod, onion skins, wood shavings, weld, madder, logwood and many more.

This series will provide the information you need to create a colorful pallet for your clothes and home furnishings. Natural dying is also a great way to repurpose fabrics with environmentally safe and sustainable materials.

December 1, 2018 the first session will be indigo dying, the blue that made Levi Strauss famous. Participants will learn about indigo and Japanese Shibori resist techniques that can be used with indigo and future workshop projects. I will have several items available so you can choose what you want to dye. We will also be discussing the materials and processes the participants are interested in learning about in the future series. Supply information will be sent after registering.
January 5, 2019.. will be dying with dried pomegranate skins (start saving them). Preparing fabrics for dying will also be covered. (Cotton, Linen, Silk and Wool)

The 2019 topics will be posted in January and will include locally found dye materials and also dye materials purchase from suppliers. The series will include a session on botanical/eco printing on paper and fiber.
Instructor… Judy Saye-Willis
Studied natural dyes with Michel Garcia at his lab in France, Botanical printing with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio and Shibori stitch resist with Joan Morris in Vermont.
Natural Dye Solo Exhibitions
“Natures Gentle Colors” 2014 traveling in Southern Minnesota
“From Garden to Gallery” 2017 Paradise Center for the Arts
Taught natural dye classes at
Textile Center, Minneapolis
Northfield Arts Guild
North 50, Northfield
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault

To get registered call 507-332-7372 ext. 1 or 4

Paradise Center for the Arts 321 Central Avenue N. Faribault, MN 55021