Intro to Natural Dyes

with Kathy Colt

Description: Part demo, part hands-on, this workshop provides an overview of traditional natural dye substances and processes, as well as an opportunity to work with pre-mordanted swatch sets in live dye pots. We will review the many forms of natural dye substances and their auxiliaries, along with various traditional methods for extracting and transferring natural color to cloth and fiber, including thickening dyes for direct application. While the workshop will focus on cloth, demonstration will also include immersion of selected yarn and fiber samples. Participants will leave with a small sample set and information which will provide a foundation for future natural dye exploration. This workshop is designed for fiber and textile artists who want to have a direct experience with natural dyes before investing in materials, supplies or more immersive learning, as well as for individuals with a general interest in textile technique.

Kathy Colt is an Atlanta-based textile and fiber artist. While working towards a degree in Landscape Architecture in the early 1990’s, she began exploring cloth and fiber in earnest. Since that time she has continued to create with textile and fiber techniques, including nuno felting and cloth surface enrichment (most recently for her small, seasonal apparel line, Petal-una Collection). A keen student of dye-alchemy, Kathy’s work with natural dyes began in 2013 while briefly studying with Catharine Ellis, and natural dyes have now become an important component of her studio practice. Kathy has taught workshops and presented on a variety of topics including nuno felting, surface design on cloth, indigo dyeing, sustainable studio practice, and “slow” textiles. Facilitating human connection by making space for learning and discovery is a vital aspect of her life’s work.

# of Participants: 4 - 12

Experience Level: Beginner and beyond.

Required Supplies: None. Just bring gloves (rubber, latex, vinyl, or nitrile) and wear old clothes and/or bring an apron.

Supply Fee: None.

Registration and Payment:

Questions? Please email or call 678-235-4328.

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July 20, 2019 -
July 20, 2019
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

The SEFAA Center
3420 W. Hospital Ave.
Chamblee, GA 30341