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Dyeing to Pigment, March 2022

March 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


An In-Studio Workshop!

Wednesday, March 9, 6pm-9pm

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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: All levels welcome – no experience necessary.

Registration closes February 27, 2022 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 with water).


Selene LaMarca is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. She creates experimental photographic work, often through by-passing the standard camera to work directly with light sensitive materials. LaMarca earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She currently teaches courses in graphic design, darkroom and digital photography. Learn more about her work at selenelamarca.com.


“Selene is a fantastic teacher: incredibly prepared, helpful, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and cheerful.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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