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Foraging: Dyeing with Plants, a Hands-On Workshop
September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Explore processes and techniques for extracting colors from local plant materials with Kim Robichaud. Together we will harvest and process an assortment of local dye materials.
In this program we will explore three processes for extracting color from natural dye materials: plant pounding, steam extraction and hot water immersion baths. Participants are encouraged to bring fibers from home for dyeing, but please be aware that only natural fibers will take the dyes and all fabric works best if it has been pre-mordanted ahead of time. Suitable natural fibers include cotton, linen, hemp, silk and wool. Everything but silk needs to be pre-mordanted in alum and washing soda and, preferably, given time to dry before dyeing.
Kona cotton yardage that has been prepared for dying ahead of time will be available upon request at a cost of $8 per yard (advance notice requested by Aug. 22). Participants also are encouraged to bring any fresh or frozen flowers for experimentation that they wish, including goldenrod, black-eyed susans, tansy, etc. The more choices available for experimentation the better.
Kim Robichaud is a teacher and fiber artist who works with natural fibers to create one-of-a-kind fabrics and quilts. Her work employs natural dyes, block printing, mono-printing, textile paints and fiber-reactive resist dyeing techniques. Robichaud has twice been a technical assistant at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for resist dyeing, natural dyes and block printing using traditional Rajasthani techniques. She has also attended Haystack as a student of surface design techniques and she offers dye workshops for the Audubon Society and Haworth Academic Center.
Cost: Tiered ticket pricing, $35/$45/$55. Partial scholarships available.
Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1, Parker Reed Shelter, 1107 West Old Town Road, Old Town, Maine 04468