Hosted by: Peters Valley School of Craft
September 15-16, 2018
19 Kuhn Road, Layton NJ 07851


Introduction to Natural Dyes

Natalie Stopka

September 15-16

Participants in this weekend intensive will be introduced to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern. You may bring along natural fiber materials you wish to experiment with in the dye pot. No previous experience is required. Beginner

Natalie Stopka is a book and textile artist focused on reviving historical surface patterning techniques. She specializes in marbling, the centuries-old craft of making monoprints on paper or fabric using floating pigments. Her pursuit of half-forgotten methods such as mordant patterning, hand embroidery, and the fermentation of natural dyes brings a complex, ever-evolving vocabulary of texture and pattern to her work. 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. Her studio and garden are in New York. www.nataliestopka.com

Tuition: $325

Studio/Materials Fee: $30

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