Discover how to make and use a clay-resist paste to print and paint with it on fabric, and then overdye the work with organic indigo. In our multi-day workshop you’ll learn how to mix the non-toxic clay-resist paste and the various, inventive methods of applying it. This will include block printing, screenprinting, stenciling, and direct painting. Then you’ll build on those skills by learning how to make and maintain a vat of organic, fructose indigo, and the techniques for dyeing. Building layers of pattern and imagery with additional resist, your experimentations will create varying shades of beautiful indigo blue.
At the end of class, each student will leave with their samples, recipes, and trade secrets to continue developing these techniques at home.
This workshop includes a kit that will provide all of the necessary ingredients for the resist and indigo vat: Pre-measured Clay (Kaolin + Bentonite), Gum Arabic powder, Sodium Alginate powder, Epsom salt, Indigo, Fructose, Calcium Hydroxide, as well as craft foam and cardboard. Select whether you will pick-up your kit or prefer to have it shipped when registering.
Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary
Registration closes May 19, 2022 for kit shipping orders and May 25, 2022 for kit pick-up orders. With your registration confirmation you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to gather/purchase your additional items, any initial handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” guide to using the Zoom video app.
Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn
Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.