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Solarfast Solutions for Paper and Fabric

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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A 2-Day Online Workshop!

Sundays, August 28 and September 4, 11am-3pm via Zoom

About this Workshop:

Students will be introduced to Solarfast UV-reactive dyes, developed by Jacquard. We’ll explore Shibori techniques, overdye applications, and working with positive and negative exposure methods using film and the outdoor sun. The instructor will also provide a brief, recorded tutorial on producing photo negatives or positives using Photoshop and Gimp (free, open source software) and an ink jet printer. We will also explore photogram methods using cut paper and found objects. Students will produce several workable samples using these techniques that can then be used to develop a finished piece, or as guides to explore the techniques further independently.  A great way to use the outdoor sun to make beautiful things at the start of the spring!

Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes August 18, 2022 to allow time for students to gather/purchase their materials. With your registration confirmation you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your 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 Melissa Ezelle


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.


At registration, students will receive the full materials list (with any helpful links) to purchase supplies. The list includes: 

  • 1 Solarfast Starter Dye Kit by Jacquard
  • 2 yds of white, 100% cotton fabric (no synthetics or poly-blend)
  • 3-5 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ BLACK construction paper
  • Rubber bands, clothespins, binder’s clamps
  • Small section of pvc pipe, plastic tube, or wooden dowel
  • 1 Sharpie marker
  • Pencil
  • Brushes or sponge brush (optional)
  • Piece of plastic, plexi, or glass big enough to accommodate 12″ x 12″ (don’t purchase this: look for it around the house or recycle from an old picture frame) 
  • Bucket
  • Clothesline or drying rack
  • Small plastic container (recycled food container/big yogurt size will work.)
  • Plastic gloves
  • (optional) Inkjet transparency film for making photo positives or negatives…You must have an ink jet printer for this option


Melissa Ezelle has spent the past 15 years as a professional teaching artist, fundraiser and arts administrator. She has worked with Resources for Human Development in Philadelphia, The Arc of Prince George’s County, The Foundation of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Studio Theater and as an AmeriCorps Vista for Pyramid Atlantic. Melissa has taught classes in lithography, intaglio, and mixed media at Pyramid since 2013 and teaches visual art at Montgomery College. She continues to exhibit her work locally. You can see more of Melissa’s work at augusta-mae-press.square.site.



“[The] technical information about the dyes, the colors, how to manage the idiosycracies of this particular dye was very valuable.””

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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