Indigo dyeing is often considered mysterious, magical. The dye bath looks pea green, the items come out green, and yet it turns to blue before your eyes! We will be utilizing the science behind that magic to learn to create the blue we are so fond of seeing in our “blue jeans”.
Over two days, we will create a natural indigo vat using Michel Garcia’s 1-2-3 recipe and utilize the vat to dye silk and cotton. Students will be shown various Shibori techniques to manipulate the fabric with folds, stitching, wrapping and clamping to bring about pattern and texture designs during the dye process. Students will come away from the class with a finished silk scarf or 2 “fat quarter” pieces of quilting cotton, ready to be used for their own projects. Everything needed to complete the project will be included in the class, including safety equipment, shibori tools, dyestuffs and materials as well as the properly prepared fabrics used. Student need only come prepared to get slightly wet and “dirty” and to have FUN experimenting.
During the course, students will hear about safety concerns (working around heated liquids, handling powdered dyestuffs, etc.); the need to scour fibers and how to do so; the history and importance of indigo; sustainable growing practices; the garment manufacturing practices, harmful vs. sustainable; and the art of fiber manipulation for creating unique designs. Ongoing questions and discussion will be encouraged. How to build on what is learned in this workshop will be highlighted (combining indigo with other dyes to create a large range of colors; other fibers to dye; utilizing other techniques such as screen printing and stencils to make patterned fabrics and other types of indigo vats to consider).
Dress code: Please wear clothing suitable for dirty and wet work. Instructor will provide basic aprons, masks, and gloves. Wear comfortable shoes, tie hair back, dress in layers as part of the class will be held outside.
About Kipp Inglis:
Utilizing local plants as well as sustainably grown and acquired dyes from around the world, Kippian Inglis (Kipp) dyes natural fibers to be made into clothing, accessories, and home decorative items to sell at art and craft venues. Having been a dyer of cloth for many years and a garment and quilt maker for even more years, she has always had some form of fiber wrapped in her fingers from an early age. She switched completely to using all plant-based dyes in an effort to mitigate the heavy metals involved with commercial dyestuffs going into our water supplies and our bodies. She grows some of her own dye plants and collects local leaf and flower materials to make dyes and combine leaf imprints on her fabrics.
Kipp enjoys creating her own designs on fabric using techniques such as: shibori (folding, clamping, stitching, wrapping, bundling ) an old and on-going “tie-dye” method seen in many cultures; screen printing, stenciling and drawing processes to mark the fabric; leaf and flower prints obtained through the “eco-print” process of direct contact printing onto fabrics; discharge methods; and any other way she can find to “mark” fabrics.
Nature as well as the cultural history of garment making from around the world continues to be a large influence over her work. She strives to honor historical techniques while considering the impacts, both long and short term, on our eco-system and our cultures. How fibers are grown and processed, how dyestuffs are obtained and utilized, and how our culture can continue to produce mindful and beautiful art are ever-present in her creative process.