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Local Color Natural Dye Workshop

Workshop PGH DIY School
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Sun 4/22, Local Color Natural Dye Workshop, 2-5pm


Students engage in three hands-on dyeing activities using locally sourced natural material to produce patterned cotton and your choice of a silk scarf or silk fabric (ideal for making into a pillowcase or something fun in another class). The workshop includes discussion on the cultivation of dye plants and the history and process of creating natural dyes, including an interactive demonstration of dye extraction. As well as bundle dyeing with plants and flowers. In addition to contact dyeing with hammering. Class can accommodate up to 10 participants. Each participant will take home 2-3 hand-dyed projects.

Dye extraction – Participants collectively prepare plant material (before other activities) for a large batch of natural dye. Instructor introduces the history of the process, as well as explaining the necessity of mordant-treating fibers before dyeing with natural materials. The heat-extraction process will take an hour, allowing time for bundle and contact dyeing. At the end of the extraction the dye bath may be used for fiber-dyeing.

Bundle dyeing – Participants create a composition on a swatch of mordant-treated cotton or silk using found plant material. Swatches are bundled and secured with rubber bands or twine and steamed. Once cooled, unrolled swatches reveal permanent dye patterns.

Contact dyeing – Participants hammer plant material on to mordant-treated cotton or silk. Various techniques produce different types of prints from the natural dyes within.

Cecilia earned a BFA in Sculpture from Penn State University in 2011, dividing her undergraduate studies at the University Park campus and Bard College. Her interdisciplinary art practice in illustration, sculpture, and textile design seeks to affirm agency through ritual play and manipulation of everyday materials. In Pittsburgh, Cecilia has shown her work at Space Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Pittsburgh Zine Fair. Previously Cecilia has taught art classes and workshops at the Smithsonian Institute in DC, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where she completed a F.I.N.E. Residency in 2016.
The rules: Classes are for adults only, unless you email in to request permission. To cancel, move or change classes we do require a 72 hour cancellation or change in order to get a refund or move classes. Once past the 72 hour point, we have already locked in your space with the Teacher and supplies, which will be paid out to the Teacher no matter what. If you are using a gift certificate, or have any concerns, email us at workshoppghdiy@gmail.com, thanks! All classes take place at Workshop PGH at 5135 Penn Avenue in Garfield. Parking is metered until 6pm and is free on Sundays. For open parking, we recommend Coral St, Evaline St. or Winebiddle St. nearby. Feel free to BYO snacks and refreshments. On weekends we have Pigeon Bagel & coffee pop up from 9am - 1pm! See you soon!