19 Kuhn Road, Layton NJ
Instructor: Natalie Stopka
Participants in this two day 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 and if you bring items made from natural fiber fabric you will have the opportunity to experiment with in the dye pot. No previous experience required.
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. Natalie divides her time between her upstate New York studio where she grows and forages natural dye plants, and Manhattan where she teaches bookbinding and textile techniques. 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. www.nataliestopka.com
Studio/Materials Fee: $25
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