Dyeing Without a Dyepot: Disperse Dyes-April 2016-HAS BEEN CANCELED

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surface1Workshop:  Dyeing Without a Dyepot: Disperse Dyes

Instructor:  Holly Brackmann

Date:  Mon – Wed, April 4 – 6  2016

Location:  Tanque Verde Lutheran Church

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost:  THSG Members: $231*   Nonmembers $310

*Supported by a generous grant from Harriet Rein Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: Estimated between $15 – $30 to be paid to Instructor on first day of workshop

Level:  Open to all skill levels; beginners welcomed

Maximum # of students:  15

Instructor Information: Holly Brackmann is Professor Emerita of Textiles and Art History at Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA, and author of The Surface Designer’s Handbook:  Dyeing, Printing, Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric, which won the prize for the best textile book in 2006. She has had an interest in textiles and weaving since childhood and rekindled her desire to weave while working on a B.A. at San Jose State University and an M.A. at University of California Los Angeles.

One of Holly’s textile themes has been multiple layered art pieces and quilts.  Some work uses multi-fibered handwoven fabric and the dévoré technique to chemically eat away part of the textile. Because of her understanding of dyeing techniques, she combines a variety of dyes, pleating, digital imagery and transparency to create her textiles.

Because of Holly’s interest in art history and weaving, she travels and records her impressions in photos.  She has studied weaving techniques in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Central and South America; has lead study tours to Europe, Peru, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Australia, and India; taught in Australia, Switzerland, Italy and around the United States. Her knowledge has been shared in articles, by teaching, curating textile and craft exhibitions, lecturing and exhibiting internationally. 

Workshop Description: Dyepots are not needed to produce colored fabrics!  Through the magical process of transfer printing, disperse dyes migrate from a piece of paper into the fabric to produce luscious colors on versatile synthetic fabrics.  Disperse dyes will be combined with transfer crayons, printing, painting, stenciling, stamping, foiling, stitching, resist and collage techniques to produce endless design possibilities. Permanently pleating and dyeing fabric in one step for garments, interior accessories, sculptural forms, quilts and wall hangings will be explored. No dye experience necessary to learn this interesting technique.

Workshop Objectives:

  1. To introduce students to disperse dyes, and gain an understanding of their unique qualities in conjunction with synthetic fabrics.
  2. To learn how to mix disperse dyes to achieve the desired colors.
  3. To learn how to transfer prints using the dye sublimation process.
  4. To understand paper choices and how they react with the printing process.
  5. To learn the application of different qualities of disperse dye; thin,      thickened, and crayons.
  6. To use screen-printing, stitching, resists, stamping, collage, monoprinting, painting,      and permanent pleating in conjunction with disperse dyes.
  7. To experiment with disperse dyes on woven and non-woven fabrics.
  8. To learn how to use adhesives and metallic foils.
  9. To learn how to permanently pleat and disperse dye fabric in one step.
  10. To understand the uses of disperse dyes for weavings, garments, interiors,      accessories, sculptural forms, quilts and wall hangings. 

Materials and Supplies: Each student will provide basic tools (scissors, notebook, apron, needle thread) as well as small containers, objects for resists, marking objects, 2 or 3 yards of white nylon or polyester fabric, ½ yard fusible web, parchment paper, etc.  A complete and specific supply list will be provided to students well before the beginning of class. 

Registration Deadline:  Monday, February 29, 2016

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