Indigo: FlotsamIn this workshop, you will:

  • Explore the magic mystery of indigo, one of the oldest and most influential dyes, in a hands-on workshop.
  • Set up an indigo dye bath using a simple ecological formula suitable for studio use.
  • Explore basic indigo dyeing procedures and shibori resist techniques.
  • Prepare cloth for dyeing and experiment with resist dyeing.

Several projects will deepen your understanding while you acquiring the knowledge to go on using this magic dye with a non-toxic, “green” formula suitable for the home studio. The formula can also be thickened and used to paint or print with indigo. I feel it is important to share this safer, non-toxic, fume-free, inexpensive, and easily disposed of formula widely used during the 18th century.

This workshop complements Barbara’s slide lecture on the Magic of Indigo.

This can be a one, two, or three day workshop. A dye facility or suitable area for heating water, mixing chemicals and dipping and aerating dripping cloth is required. In addition we need a slide projector (if the workshop includes my Indigo slide lecture), work tables, buckets, and a drying rack.

Suitable for all level students. Maximum class size 12 to 14 depending on the space and location.

Materials fee will be collected from students.

Contact Barbara Shapiro to learn more about this workshop.