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Dyeing to Pigment

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Dyeing to Pigment, May 2023 Registration
$ 178.00
4 available

A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Wednesdays, May 24 and 31, 2–5pm

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About this Workshop:

What’s the difference between pigmenting and dyeing paper? A lot! In this face-paced workshop, students learn how pigmenting and dyeing techniques differ, and make many paper samples of both. We will start off working with natural dyes such as indigo, walnut and cochineal dyes and then move on to experimenting with fiber-reactive dyes on paper. In the second half of the class, the focus is on adding aqueous dispersed pigments to create brightly colored sheets of handmade paper. You’ll leave with a big stack of samples and an understanding of the pros and cons of both dyeing and pigmenting techniques. 

Level: Intermediate – Some papermaking experience is required. 

Registration closes May 16, 2023 and includes a fee to cover all materials provided in class.

Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class. Students may want to consider bringing the following optional materials:

  • Personal apron (waterproof recommended, but a sturdy kitchen apron works)
  • Sturdy shoes with good tread (the studio floor can get slick in spots when wet
  • Any various types of paper, handmade or commercially made, you’d like to try dyeing


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and hand papermaker and currently serves as Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.



“Gretchen is an incredible teacher. She has a passion for art and teaching that conveys to the students. I always leave her class excited about what I’ve just learned.”

—Attendee, Collagraph on Fabric with Gretchen Schermerhorn, Summer 2022

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