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SolarFast Solutions for Paper and Fabric

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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SolarFast Solutions for Paper and Fabric March 2023 Registration
$ 156.00
6 available

A 2-Day Virtual Workshop!

Sundays, March 5 and 12, 11am–3pm ET via Zoom

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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 inkjet 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: Beginner – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes February 24, 2023 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 or glass, big enough to accommodate 12″ x 12″ (don’t purchase this: look for it around the house or recycle 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 inkjet printer for this purpose 


Melissa Ezelle earned her MFA from Ohio University, and her BFA from Murray State University with a concentration in Printmaking. Her work focuses on personal family history, using handmade printmaking methods, textiles, and mixed media. From 2013-2022, she was a practicing studio artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. She continues to teach online workshops at Pyramid and at the Morgan Conservatory for Papermaking. Melissa has taught for Montgomery College on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC. She currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is pursuing a 2-year Associate’s program in Professional Crafts/Textiles. You can see more of Melissa’s work at augusta-mae-press.square.site.

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